Yes I am a sucker for television series’ and get hooked on them the exact second I start to watch them and now I have another guilty confession and that is the lives of New York’s elite, yes I hate to admit it but it is those girls and boys that make up Gossip Girl. There is so much wrong with this show, yet I love it to pieces and have watched the whole first season in less than a week. Oh I feel guilty already for even bringing this up and so so embarrassed. Yet, it is highly addictive in an incredibly lame way. Firstly, the most horribly lame thing about this show is the opening I guess you could call it credits in which we hear the ambiguous narrator Gossip Girl say: “xoxo Gossip Girl”. Oh it’s really enough to make you sick. The other thing that really bugs me is Dan and his so called under-privledged family living in a loft in Brooklyn wah wah. Under-privledged my ass, well maybe compared to every other spoilt brat in the show but still their loft is amazing and I would never even consider them to be under-privledged. However, what I do like is the storyline, originally I considered it as so lame that Serena (or S as everyone refers to her as, “the it girl”) left New York for a year because she slept with her best friend Blair’s boyfriend wah wah wah- they were always going to get over that. However, things are a lot more sinister than they appear especially with the arrival of Georgina about three quarters through the season her arrival foregrounded by a mysterious array of gifts sent to Serena including cases of champagne, cocaine and porn. This definitely heats things up a bit. Except the show is slightly pathetic and so are all it’s characters so scared of this Gossip Girl where all of them use Gossip Girl to send out ludicrous rumours, which in some cases are very true or very false. The bitch of them all is Blair who uses Gossip Girl to get back at people some in the most bitchy way but some for people that she actually cares out to protect them, maybe she’s slightly nicer than she pretends to be and maybe Chuck the ultimate sleeze isn’t as sleezy as he appears. As for Dan or as Gossip Girl refers to him as Lonely Boy isn’t as much of an outsider as he appears. Everything is slightly all over the place and I find Nate so incredibly boring that his role in the show becomes completely redundant, except for playing the somewhat ‘nice guy,’ but I think Dan kills him on this front.
What is even more exciting or not is the adults whose lives are even more ludicrous than the teenages including drug abuse, affairs with groupies and that never0-ending class battle between the rich and the poor. It’s that typical mixture of teenages with parents even more messed up than they are, who are only interested in class standing, with exception to Dan’s dad who is the reformed rock star and actually seems to give a damn. Serena’s mum is sympathetic, yet still goes for the rich man with Chuck as the son. Sorry if I’m ruining this for anyone. I’m sorry but it’s so unrealistic there hasn’t been this many problems with parents and children. Yet I guess this is what makes it such a joy to watch we love the drama as much as we want everything to be happy we want everything to fuck up and then watch them suffer to life again. It is a tv show it’s not reality. We wish we were the characters but at the same time we recognise that we would hate them if they actually existed. I just know that if I ever met someone like Blair (and I have met a few kind of like her) that I would despise her and that if I met a Dan I would probably fall head over heels in love with him and want to kill Chuck Bass. Yet, there are times when I love Blair when I think Chuck is awesome and when I completely hate Dan. And that’s the fun of tv shows we watch everything fall to shit and we watch it recindle as we restore our faith in characters or perhaps change our minds and just when we do we find out that really they haven’t and we go back to hating them. Who will end up with who? I secretly can’t wait to find out!