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Gossip Girl is more than a superficial Tv show for teenagers; Even though teens are the salt and the pepper of the series, they also raise some important questions on appearances and the essence of things, the core essence being represented by family, interhuman relationships, social environment of the high society which directly influences the people living in it.
I`ll try to avoid as much as possible an eventual comparison with The OC, but I have to say this comparison is quite normal and natural. I do not see just the similarities with The OC (which are many), but also the differences that make Gossip Girl an original show.
Unlike The OC, Gossip Girl presence a more alert sequence of events and has a more diverse range in terms of characters:
Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) is a wealthy young girl, whose past is overshadowed by alcohol, drugs and parties. All these things are forgotten once she returns to Upper East, New York Here it awaits her a new life, a new phase that seems to be quieter and more "healthier"
Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Serena`s best friend, deserted by her father and totally devoided of maternal love, is apparently a cold young girl who doesnt seem to know what unconditional love is. But, as in Serenas case, Blairs appearances can deceive too.
Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), trying to keep afloat, is presented as a young man burdened with his parents financial problems!
Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) is definitely the most efeverscent character of Gossip Girl ... devilish, daring, proud, who leads a life of excesses stretched to the extreme;
Love, family drama, Glamurous parties, stories and unexpected events of the high society in New York,... Thats what Gossip Girl is about!
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