Sep 17 2008
What part of the YA market is she trying to hit? The kind that likes catty intrigue, bedhopping, and illicit drug and alcohol teenage shenanigans? Gossip Girl has the market cornered on that. While it's true there are lots of Gossip Girl clones, the one that always gets mentioned when talking about this particular YA subgenre is Gossip Girl. That series is the standard.
And another friend said to me
I think SATC worked well because it was about adult single women. You know, the whole "Life isn't over if you don't have the husband and babies by 29 sort of thing. You could still be 40 and be hot and wild if you wanted to be, and it also showed how difficult it was to find a decent guy once you WERE that age, and balancing career with boyfriend and everything.
To be honest, I don't see how that's going to cross over at all except for the 'racy' aspects of a loose girl in high school, and…yikes. Plus, whatever guy she ends up with is not going to be Big, and I think that will probably play in the back of readers' minds. Like, if you really like Ben or whoever she dates in the book and hooks up with, there's going to be a certain amount of 'disposableness' to him because you know she ends up with Big.