XOXO: A Gossip Girl Post

Monday, January 25, 2016

Gossip Girl here, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan's elite.

Recently, I just finished watching the CW's Gossip Girl, and it was awesome. I was obsessed, still am. I feel nostalgic just thinking about it. Is that normal? I don't think so. That show left me in a wreck. It was too much. I would always feel the stress, saddness, anger, happiness, jealousy, and shock- and a lot of other emotions I didn't even know I could feel- for the characters multiple times. It was crazy.

The show is an adaptation of a series of twelve books by Cecily Von Ziegesar completed in 2007, the year Goosip Girl aired on television. It follows New York's most privileged teens and their families. The reason these people are in the spotlight is because of Gossip Girl, a blogger that posts everything of significance about these kids on her website. Their whereabouts, secrets, behaviors. No one knows the identity of or anything else pertaining to Gossip Girl. The only thing everone knows for certain is that she recieves tips from anyone that sends them to her and that she's located in New York.

You're no one until you're talked about.

Left to right, the main characters are Charles (Chuck) Bass played by Ed Westwick, Nathaniel (Nate) Archibald played by Chace Crawford, Serena Van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), Vanessa Abrams (Jessica Szohr), Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen), Daniel (Dan) Humphrey (Penn Badgley) and last but certainly not least, Blair Waldorf whose played by Leighton Meester. This may be an attractive bunch, but don't let their looks decieve you. Every one of them has betrayed the other at least twice, manipulated someone they knew and loved at least once. They have no mercy. Maybe less so Nate Archibald, he's hasn't really hurt anyone.

Let me explain each character and their realtionship to each other. We'll start with Chuck. Charles Bartholomew Bass is the carefree, irresponsible single child of one of the most powerful men in New York. He's constantly getting drunk, sleeping around, and spends his money by the thousands. The reason he's like this though is because of the low expectations everyone has of him. His own father (Bart Bass) doesn't think he's capable of anything but his delinquency. His best friend is Nate Archibald. Throughout the show, he has on-and-off relationship with Blair Waldorf. He has a fling with Vanessa Abrams at some point, and has a one time thing with Jenny Humphrey (though apparently that was only for comfort). Serena Van der Woodsen becomes his sister by marriage (thank god they don't go out). His excuse for everything is, "I'm Chuck Bass" which, admittedly, holds a lot of value.

Next up is Nate Archibald. Nate is probably the nicest character on the show, though even he betrayed and lied to his friends a handful of times. Nate is the grandson of William van der Bilt, another powerful man. Nate is kind, prefers to be independent of his family (when it comes to money), the poster boy for good looks, and a player. He's also a litte sensitive, and laid back guy. He goes through a lot of daddy trouble, as do most of the characters. Initially, he's Blair's beau for some time, then Serena's, then kind of Jenny's, then Vanessa, Serena, then Blair again, you get the point. He gets around.

Then there's Serena Van der Woodsen, the main character. She's known to have a troubled past that consisted of excessive partying, drinking, and getting with her best friend's (Blair Waldorf) man. The show starts off with her buzz of her return from boarding school where she went to escape her past. She's the It-Girl, Gossip Girl's favorite person. Serena is mostly independent, fiercely beautiful, and usually indecisive and confused. But she tries to be the best she can be... most of the time.

Vanessa Abrams is Dan Humphrey's best friend from Brooklyn (where he lives). Vanessa doesn't have anything to do with the prestigous world of the Upper-East Siders, her connection to it is Dan who quickly becomes part of it when he dates and falls in love with Serena. Vanessa is completely unlike the other characters, she comes from an average middle-class family. She's homeschooled (her parents don't believe in paying for education), intelligent, gorgeous, she shows interest in art and writing. She falls for Dan, they date for while. Through Dan, she also gets involved with Nate, and briefly with Chuck, which was troubling because Chuck is everything Vanessa despises.

Dan's younger sister Jenny, aka Little J, is the baby of the show. She's very commited to fashion designing. She interns for Blair Waldorf's mother Eleanor for a while until she quits. Afterwards, she freelances and unsuccessfully tries to start her own line. Out of eveyone, she seemed to go through the most trying times. But she proves to be tenacious.

Dan Humphrey, aka Lonely Boy, is just what his moniker implies. He's the sore thumb in the bunch. He goes to Constance, a prestigous private school in the Upper-East Side along with the rich kids, but he hails from Brooklyn. He's been going to school with them his whole life, but only gets recognized when he starts dating Serena. He's funny, witty, sarcastic, super smart, and goes through some weird hair evolution. He has relationships with Serena (his main love interest), Blair (which was a relationship based on intellect and common interests), and his childhood friend Vanessa. Dan is an aspiring writer. Later on in the show he publishes a book and few essays based on the Upper-East Side and his friends (it was a disaster).

Lastly, there's Blair Waldorf. She's Serena's best friend, she became queen of Constance after Serena's sudden departure to boarding school. Blair, next to Dan, is my favorite character on the show. She's an intelligent, elegant, socially ambitious (very much so, that seems to be her weakness). She's half Grace Jones, half Grace Kelly. She's always complaining about being in Serena's shadow when in all honesty she shines brighter than Serena does.

I hope I've given these characters their justice in my descriptions. You'll have to watch the show to find out. An unhealthy mix of deception, betrayal, lies, and inappropriate behavior. Its great. If you've watched the show, leave a comment telling what you think about the show. Did you like it? Did you hate it? Both? (I think that's how I felt) You know you love me, 

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