Call her Cairo’s Carrie Bradshaw, an independent working girl whose failed courtships and bumbling suitors made her the heroine of Egyptian TV auds.
But if the only thing missing from Egypt’s “Sex and the City” was, well, the sex, that didn’t stop “I Want to Get Married” from striking a chord across the Middle East during its monthlong Ramadan run on Egyptian TV.
Based on the blog and bestselling book by Ghada Abdel Aal, the series skewered marriage conventions in the Arab world and made its creator — a single, 31-year-old writer from Cairo — an icon for millions of unmarried Arab women.
Abdel Aal says she wanted to capture the frustrations and insecurities facing single women in the Arab world today.
“As soon as we leave college, everyone starts counting years — maybe months,” she says. ” ‘It’s been five months, and you’re not married yet?’ People start asking, ‘What’s wrong with her?’ ”
“I Want to Get Married” seems to have come at the right time in the Middle East, as a growing number of professional, independent women are entering the workplace and upsetting traditional gender roles.
As for the suitors who inspired the show, she says most had been scared off by her success.
“For the past two years, I don’t have any proposals,” she says. “Which is a good thing.”