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GOSSIP GIRL
TV Review

Gossip Girl
TV REVIEW
By Tara Howard


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GOSSIP GIRL
TV Review
Airs Next: The CW at Wednesday 9:00 PM (60 min.)
Status: New Series Premiered: September 19, 2007


A Teenage show from a teenage perspective



SYNOPSIS:

The show "Gossip Girl" is based on an novel by Cecily Von Ziegesar hence with the same title. The show is about upper-class teenagers who have very active social lives. The main characters are: Blair Waldorf, Serena Van Der Woodsen, Nate Archibald, Dan Humphrey. Vanessa Abrams, Jenny Humphrey, Chuck Bass, Lord Marcus, Aaron Rose, and the Carlyle Triplets. Like typical teenagers they struggle with friendship, dating, and their relationships.

REVIEW:

Gossip Girl is like the typical teenager drama only differences are most teen dramas are set in California with 20's or 30's something trying to act like teenagers. But this show setting is in Manhattan and everyone not exactly teenagers, but they do look and act the part. Since I read the book I had some idea how the main and minor character would look like.

For instance I was surprise how pretty Blair looked. She look like a model more than her best friend Serena who suppose to pass for Cover Girl model but Serena looks more like the girl next door. Blair’s attitude fits the whole popular girl stereotype of being snobby, egotistic, materialistic, and only concern is trying to stay in the “in crowd.” She is insecure, but she hides itwell, only her mother sees through facade. Serena’s character does not fit the stereotype. She is kind-hearted, very insecure, shy, and considerate. Everyone is so into her beauty, but she feels and act like a plain jane. She pays no mind about her popularity and could care less whether she is popular or not. It make me wonder how she became so nice, since her mother is so stuck-up.

Serena and Blair’s friendship looks like it was not a real friendship. Even before the secret came out, the way Blair greeted Serena was very coldly. Serena seem actually happy to see her. It looks like deep down Blair has been jealous of Serena. Even though they are suppose to be best friends, Serena did not tell Blair that she was arriving back to Manhattan. It gives me an impression that Serena was trying to become distant towards Blair, especially since she did the ultimate betrayal sleeping with her best friend’s boyfriend.

The minor characters within the show are: Nate, Danny, Jenny, and Chuck.Nate is a good-looking, brunette with a sweet smile. He looks like the type of guy any girl could see him as boyfriend’s material or someone to have a crush on. He is also popular because he dates Blair. From what I have seen on the show, it seems by the way he acts towards Serena thathe always had “a thing for her.” It looks like Blair approached him first and they end up together.

(When he told Blair the truth, I saw anger in Blair face, her thoughts seem to be saying, she was his second choice, and not his first choice.) It is like a slap in the face for not only to kiss Serena, but to lose his virginity to Serena as well.

Danny has a crush on Serena for a long time. He is quiet, reserved and appears weird to the popular kids in school. He like most of the popular students thinks of Serena as “the most beautiful girl in school.” He thinks he has no chance with her and admires her from a far. In the book, He appears like he is stalker, following Serena around and jotting down things in his notebook. But in the show, he looks like he has a deep crush on her and just waiting for the right moment. His little sister, Jenny thinks he has a chance just like any other guy.

Jenny is so unlike the character portrayed in the book, that when I was watching the show I kept looking for her character to appear. In the book, she described as slightly chubby, brunette with big chest. But in the show, she is thin, with long blond hair and look like a girl from Ambercombie & Finch’s ad. Only similarities are she is insecure and wants so bad to be accepted by the popular clique.

Chuck is attractive and uses popularity and charm to use women. He is like a sleazy frat boy. He is one of those characters that as the show go on I will end up loving or hating his character. He just overall looking to smoke pot and get laid by any means necessary.

Overall the show kept me glue to the television with help from the narrator “Gossip Girl” who mentions bits and pieces about each character. It is just a bonus that some guys on the show are“eye candy.”

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