Thursday, October 25, 2007

"You know you love me. gossip girl. xoxo"

I’ve been at a sleepover at a friend’s house for the past day and a bit, and she had the first five episodes of gossip girl downloaded, this American TV programme that “Manhattan’s elite” through their daily lives of school, boyfriends and partying. Based on the extremely popular novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, it revolves around Serena van der Woodsen, a former it girl and popular New York socialite who has been on hiatus for 6 months and returned to the city to be with her younger brother, who has just attempted suicide. However, coming back is never as easy as it seems, and she has more than a bit of explaining to do to her best friend Blair, whom she left without a goodbye. [The reason for Serena’s departure is revealed soon enough, don’t worry.]

gossip girl could be likened to The O.C. for several reasons - the protagonists are rich, almost numb with money, and for that it is initially quite difficult to connect with them. Josh Schwartz produced both. Blair, in particular (played well by Leighton Meester) is highly reminiscent of Summer in her early stages in The O.C., judging people purely by their riches and social status, and perfectly willing to use people for her own means. Serena is a lot more likeable, and Blake Lively (who played the besotted teenager on sports camp in The Sisterhood of The Travelling Pants) plays her well. The supporting cast also include more than its fair share of attractive male stars, from the actors who play Nate, to Dan, to Serena’s younger brother (don’t know any of their names.)

To add to the eye candy, the clothes are an absolute feast. Here are kids who clearly know what colours are slimming and what not to wear, because in every frame of the show, everyone looks spectacular. The music is good too, with usages of “The Way I Am” from Timbaland and “Happy Ending” from Mika to contribute to the hip, happening style of the show.

But the icing on the cake is the narration from the eponymous gossip girl, an anonymous writer of a blog that dishes all the dirt on everyone in Manhattan. Voiced with a biting scathe by Veronica Mars’ Kristen Bell, you hold on to every word she says. And honestly, this show is everything an aspiring property-owner-in-Chelsea looks for, it has fashion, it has scandal, it has cute lads, and it even has moments of poignancy.

So, yeah. When this show gets aired in the UK, I recommend it. C’est très très chic!

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Anonymous said...

well if the brunette and the blonde in those pictures are in a lot, i might as well give it a watch.

Emma said...

They are! Serena and Blair are the two main characters!

Anonymous said...

"well if the brunette and the blonde in those pictures are in a lot, i might as well give it a watch."


Sorry Ems, I don't want to sound like a pig, but this must be what it's like for you when you watch the football. Blake Lively is especially sexy.

Anonymous said...

doesn't sound like my sort of show tbh.

also, Crouchie, it seems like you're giving thumbs up more often than not nowadays. What happened to your negativity? i want some bitchy reviews!

Anonymous said...

Hi Emma.

I can't promise to watch this show, but you've sold Autumn Sonata to me!!

Just a girl said...

Hey Emma,
I love gossip girl! I've been hooked on the series (the books) for quite a few years now, as an addictive, entertaining and bitchy read. Unfortunately, it takes aaages for the books to be released in Oz - there's already a spin off series (based around Jenny) in print in the US! That also means that the show is not yet Down Under either...ah well. Thank goodness for youtube! It does look to be a fabulous show, and I can't wait to watch when I'm finished school (I can watch it all day, oh joy of joys! - only 20 days to go now!)
PS: in the books Erik doesn't try to commit suicide. Hmmm...(I have seen part of the first episode.)

Just a girl

Anonymous said...

It's one of my biggest guilty pleaures. I LOVE Blake Lively.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know the name of the song in todays episode, which is playing when blair and bass are in the limo makink out???

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Madrassa said...

hiiiii guys, can somebody here send me the 2nd book of Gossip Girl. i will be thankful

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