Sunday, April 26, 2009

Gossip Girl: welcome into the scandalous life of Manhattan's elite

“Where have you been Serena and who am I, that’s a secret I’ll never tell. You know you love me, XOXO, Gossip Girl.”

That is how each episode of the series
Gossip Girl begins, and also how it ends. Based on the book series of Cecily von Ziegesar, Gossip Girl is an American television series, aired on the channel CW since 2007. The executive producer is Josh Schwartz, already known for the successful series Newport Beach.

The series takes place in
Manhattan, particularly in the Upper East Side, which is one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in the United States. ‘Gossip Girl’ is in fact the ghost-narrator of the series who reveals the lives of the characters on her blog. The pilot of the series begins with the comeback of one of the central characters: Serena Van der Woodsen, who had left the country for mysterious reasons. Watchers discover quickly that she had had a relationship with Nate Archibald who was at that moment dating her best friend, Blair Waldorf. Serena must face her old ghosts, one of which being the unscrupulous Chuck Bass, a multimillionaire’s son. Fortunately she meets the egghead Dan Humphrey, who lives in the less prestigious area of Brooklyn. The ingredients of the series are: love, friendship, relationships, break-ups, drama, and blows below the belt.

Characters are of course nothing without actors. The teenagers’ five new idols are: Blake Lively as the tall blond-haired girl Serena van der Woodsen and Leighton Meester as the two-faced Blair Waldorf. As far as the boys are concerned, Chace Crawford plays the role of the ideal son-in-law, the very British Ed Westwick is Chuck Bass and Penn Badgley, who is incidentally dating Blake Lively both on stage and off, is Dan Humphrey.

The series
Gossip Girl, hero-worshiped by teenagers, does not have unanimous support. Gossip Girl can indeed be called ‘every parent’s nightmare’ since each episode shows teenagers kissing, smoking, having sex, drinking, shoplifting and taking drugs. What is more, Gossip Girl received five awards at the Teen Choice Awards 2008: Show Drama, Breakout Show, Actress Drama for Blake Lively, Breakout Male for Chace Crawford and last but not least, TV Villain for Ed Westwick.

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