My daughter received the first two seasons of Gossip Girl on DVD from her father for Valentine’s Day. Not having ever watched a single episode, curious decided to join her in front of the television. Soon I became enthralled in this teenage version of Sex and the City where money, lies, betrayal and scheming are an everyday occurrence. Within a week we completed all six seasons.
Afterwards, I decided to read the books curious as to whether the series was anything close to them. I quickly discovered they are not. In fact, they are completely different. At least that’s what I found after the first book, Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar.
As in the books, Serena returns and Blair is upset about it. She is upset that Serena will overshadow her again and she orders Nate to stay away from her. And this is before Blair learns that Nate and Serena lost their virginity to one another. Dan is obsessed with Serena and Jenny is determined to meet the popular girls so she can ‘become someone’.
However, unlike the television series, Nate is a weak minded stoner with no clue about his future. Rufus is a disgusting slob whom Lily would never be involved with. Mainly because she is still married to Serena’s dad as Chuck also has both his parents. While Chuck is still an ass, in the first book, Chuck is a very minor character although he is still an ass. He and Nate are not even close to being the best of friends as depicted in the series. Plus, Vanessa is there from the beginning rather than returning from school and her look is quite different…she is a student at Constance and the only girl with a shaved head and wears all black with combat boots. Not exactly how she is depicted in the series!
Considering I have only read the first book, I have not yet decided which I prefer…the books or the television series. I will have to read on and let you know when I find out myself…