Liza Miller is TV’s New Carrie Bradshaw
What are your thoughts???
Who cares if Liza Miller of Youngster is a selfish and needy lying monster? She is also the TV’s New Carrie Bradshaw but only Worse. It’s irresistibly tempting to compare Liza Miller of Younger to Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City and not just because they’re both New York City women at the center of Darren Star-created television shows. The two of them own their sexuality without apology and both dress beyond their financial means, they form fierce relationships with their girlfriends and both work incredibly hard to succeed in competitive industries. They are also similar for less favorable reasons that includes being self-absorbed, narcissistic and needy.
We should think how Carrie’s inability to spend 48 hours in the country with Aiden is Liza’s inability to hang out at Josh’s bluegrass festival and it was an outdoor festival in wintertime.
The need for Carrie for Big to tell her she was The One is Liza’s need at least in season one for Josh to constantly reaffirm their relationship status. What links the women more broadly is their refusal to and we’re borrowing an expression from some therapist “play the tape all the way to the end.” they don’t consider how their actions might affect them and others in the future Even though they are smart women as Carrie impulsively accepts Aiden’s invitation to live together and get married while Liza willfully ignores what might happen when her daughter comes home from India.
We should also take consider how they treat their best friend. Liza doesn’t have a single conversation with Maggie all season that isn’t about her own problems while Carrie is hitting Charlotte up for tens of thousands of dollars, making Miranda’s potential abortion all about her not giving Samantha space to discuss her fears during chemotherapy. Take your pick who do you think is worse.
The debate about Carrie’s likability has raged on for almost 20 years now and it shows no signs of stopping on the front page of a Carrie Bradshaw Google search are links to takedown pieces like ‘The Carrie Bradshaw Myth’ written within the past couple of years. Bradshaw Problem probably keeps resurfacing because new crop of writers realizes how wrong they were to idolize Carrie when they were younger every few years.
But it’s also possible we obsess over Carrie because Carrie was the first of her kind as Emily Nussbaum once pointed out in her New Yorker essay “Difficult Women. She is the original female anti-hero on TV and trailblazers are almost always polarizing, and their track records get almost endlessly debated. That reason maybe is why no other female character’s likability has come under quite such intense a scrutiny as Carrie’s. And maybe we’ve realized(to paraphrase an idea of novelist Claire Messud’s that it’s more fun to consider whether a character is interesting than it is to consider whether she’s good best friend material in the decade since Sex and the City ended