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I read Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar way before they were all popular with the TV show. I already had all the books before the TV show even came out. However, I had stopped reading them after the 5th installment. I don’t know why, I guess I had better things to read, and let’s face it, I was getting older. But after I watched the first season of the series, I decided to read them, so I started at the beginning again. I know, why would someone read a book like this one twice, instead of better books by Camus or something. But oh well, no one said I was perfect, and they are quite short.

First of all, the plot is only loosely connected to the show at the beginning, with the Serena-comes-back-Blair-is-a-bitch and the Dan thing, but later they grow completely apart. In the book, Dan is this super serious writer, who drinks coffee and writes intense poetry. Vanessa is bald and wears only black. Jenny has huge boobs. Chuck is disgusting, a lot more than the show. However, the biggest difference is Serena and Blair. Serena is supposed to be very very beautiful, someone who stops guys in their tracks. Blair, on the other hand, is supposed to be plain. However, in the show, I think it’s completely the opposite. Blair is gorgeous and Serena has a tired looking face. Nate is quite handsome in both, thank god.gossip girl

I finished the first two books, Gossip Girl and You Know You Love Me. I think I was more impressed when I first read them, when references to brand names impressed me more. They are both funny, with good characters, lots of making out, glam parties, teen issues, rich people who shop and drink all day long. The girls there are 17, but they live like they are 35, which suits me just fine, since who wants to read about a bunch of 17-year-olds? Though they are pretty good, their target is definitely a younger audience than me. However, I shall be patient and finish the series, and move on to more mature ones, like The It Girl or Gossip Girl: The Carlyles



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