Hey Story Lovers (I am thinking of using this new nickname for you all for Movie Mondays, hope you don’t mind)! I know I am behind on my reading challenge and I will try to get to that this month, but I’ve had shows and movies on my mind. I need someone to talk to and I dunno anyone personally watching this show. Now which show am I speaking of? Have I got you curious yet? Today my lovelies we will be talking about Gossip Girl the new version and a bit of the old. So let’s get to it! If you haven’t watched all the episodes of the original or are caught up on the episodes that aired on the new one on 8/5 SPOILERS AHEAD!
Flashback to 2007 and my sophomore year where I was still a huge lover of contemporary fiction, mush, and steam. It was my addiction, so when I heard these books were turning into a show I got into the addiction. As much as I am not a girly girly physically, I am in love with pretty things fashion wise. I also thought the cast was pretty as well and got quickly attached to each of them despite their flaws and down falls. They were a friend group that stood by each other making me hope I could have that one day.
I saw an interview the other day that made me a bit sad on YouTube that Blake Lively (Serena) didn’t like her character or playing her. She was felt she was a bad person which, yes, she did make mistakes, which I feel people may with options can with too much freedom can while your brain is still developing and dealing with issues, but I feel she tried to grow from the mistakes she had made. She loved hard and I related to the girl who would do anything for her friends. She also felt it was too influential to teens watching it to mimic their behavior?
Now I know that these shows may influence, but I feel if the kids are smart they will enjoy it for what it is entertainment and mystery? Trying to guess who GG was and wondering if your ship was going to sail or sink? There were quotes and OTPs to die for. Yes, I wished to see more diversity, and maybe even more of my self in the show, but it was a show that got my mind off the drama of my own life and into the drama of someone else’s. It kept me safe for about an hour each week(due to commercials) and had me somewhere to go outside of my books and school. This was the first time I got to see a bigger city outside of my town. I was happy yet sad to see it end 5 years later 2 years into college, but it showed me they made it through college so could I.
Now fast forward almost 10 years later I tried to re-binge it all before the new one came to be, but adulting got in the way as it has a way to do and I shrugged and jumped onto it the first moment I had free time. Now to be honest I wanted to watch it because I like Thomas Doherty and wanted to see him act a different role than I had seen him in before, and I was curious with the trailers how they were going to bring GG back to life with only one minor character being related to the original cast?
OMG this cast actually has more than 2 actors of color?! EEEEP! YES!!! Thomas Doherty plays a bi boy! Thank you for TV world for growing even if it’s not as quick as we would like.
Okay, we are focusing on two sisters instead of two slight frenemies. I guess I can get with it. Okay, we’re back at Constance for the school, and the kids aren’t into Gossip Girl yet just doing there own thing? So is Zoya bringing it too school, since she had escaped bullying from her old?
It Gets Cringey
No… The Teachers want to be Gossip Girl… NO. NO. NO. Wrong on so many levels! They feel like they’re being bullied by the children? They don’t want to stick up to the little rich kids and parents? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Take a page from the old Headmistress and let them know what Constance can give them as far as education and opportunity! I mean not that hard! It feels like their sinking to the level of their pupils to get respect and pseudo stalking them a bit to keep them under control?
Basically copy catting a now famous writers voice to have these teens on edge. Then the teacher in charge of GG decides to drop her pursuits of writing to influence these children and not give up her “power”? It is hard to believe, but I still want to see these characters grow because I am living for the diversity and the occasional cameos?
I don’t believe in guilty pleasures because if it brings you any joy in the slightest and your not harming anyone else or yourself than why not watch? I won’t be ashamed to say I will still watch a Teen Show the same way I am not ashamed to say I read YA. I am praying that the writers turn this around by having one of the teens hack the GG account and take it from the teachers just like it was briefly stolen Dan during the later seasons. I need to see it’s a student observing and watching their peers. One can hope!
What are your thoughts on the remake and original? Let me know in the comments below as I need someone to talk about this with! I hope you all have an amazing week and stay safe! Happy Reading and Watching!