Well, that’s show­biz

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SEX and the City au­thor Can­dace Bush­nell has hit back at Sarah Jes­sica Parker for crit­i­cis­ing the hit TV show’s prequel, in­sist­ing the ac­tress should con­sider her own ca­reer path be­fore tak­ing aim at the new Car­rie Brad­shaw.

Parker played the sassy writer on the big and small screen and it ap­pears she may have up­set Bush­nell by open­ing up about The Car­rie Di­aries, which features An­naSophia Robb as a younger ver­sion of her char­ac­ter. The ac­tress says: ‘‘She (Robb, left) is a lovely girl and I want her to feel good about it, but it’s odd.’’

Bush­nell has now ad­dressed Parker’s com­ments, point­ing out that her first role as An­nie on Broad­way had been played by a string of ac­tresses be­fore her.

‘‘The re­al­ity is, that’s show­biz,’’ Bush­nell tells The Daily Beast.

‘‘Sarah Jes­sica’s first part was some­body else’s part. She played An­nie on Broad­way. She un­der­stands how th­ese things work.’’ And the au­thor claims Sex and the City fans needed a new take on Brad­shaw, Bush­nell in­sist­ing Parker had taken her as far as she could af­ter the TV se­ries and two spin-off movies.

She adds: ‘‘Look, Sarah Jes­sica Parker is 47. I think, with the sec­ond movie, Car­rie Brad­shaw couldn’t be an in­genue any­more. But I think they were stuck do­ing what the au­di­ence wanted. Re­al­is­ti­cally, a mid­dle-aged woman who was mar­ried with­out chil­dren would be much more fo­cused on her ca­reer and less fo­cused on this Mr Big (char­ac­ter). ‘Does he love me?’. . . ‘Does he still not love me?’ I mean, I think it was coming to the end of what they could do with the char­ac­ter.’’

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star An­naSophia Robb; (be­low) Sarah Jes­sica Parker

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