GG the show, a cheap on-screen remake ?

Anyone who have read the novels are most likely to find the show so irrevelent compared to the books.


I will start discussing about the cast, starting with the girls. The girl -woman should I say- playing Serena is a 2o year-old playing a 17; and it shows. And whereas Blair is supposed to be in admiration of Audrey Hepburn, she is portayed like a total immature, spoiled, brat -which is also true in the novels, but at least she does it with much more class.

Vanessa is now a fit tanned brunette with lots of hair sporting bright sportswear most of the time, instead of being dressed all in black with her head closely shaved -I guess they must find some way to attract the public's attention by throwing in pretty boys and girls, so they couldn't afford putting on screen a shaved-headed teenager ?

Jenny, the supposed petite brunette with lots of brown curls and gigantic breasts we've all come to know and love is a slender blonde girl with no boobs and all; she's lost all of her character attributes.

And speaking of the Humpreys, Dan, played by Penn-what's-his-name, is not the over-caffeinated, skinny poet, but a boy-next-door Serena hooks up almost instantly ; Rufus Humphrey, his father, has been reattributed to a lesser-known rock band, but that part I found nicely reformed, as it is difficult to include poet editor in a cool way on a show.

Nate the boy wonder goes jogging with his father even though he is supposed to be a serious waspoid (a stoner in the wasp class), and looks like best buds with Chuck, the only male character I found close enough to his paper homolog.


Come to the script, it looks like it has been made of some of the major plots of the books, and then re-imaginated completely. You can ask yourself, why make a show exactly word-to-word like the book ? It doesn't have any interest in itself, but this is beyond arranging the plots mishaps and such, don't you think ?

Unless of course the show was only made as an excuse to put up on screen teenagers wearing appallingly expensive clothes. The girls and boys' fashion are a plus in the episodes, but it mustn't serve as sole purpose of the series.


See you later all,

D.

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Aug 8, 2008 8:33AM EDT

Agreed. I think Jenny's casting was the worst - it goes completely against what her character and image should be (why bother?! Beauty?). However, I think in a way it's more interesting that it's different. For anyone who's read the books, it would probably be boring if the story lines were all the same - it keeps the suspense going.And I totally get what you mean about Serena - she looks way too old and her voice (and character possibly) is too mature.

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Aug 8, 2008 1:17PM EDT

What a hilarious review. Great grammar and spelling, what a great way to get yourself taken seriously.
'Jenny, the supposed petite brunette with lots of brown curls and gigantic breasts we've all come to know and love is a slender blonde girl with no boobs and all; she's lost all of her character attributes.' What has physical appearance got to do with 'character attributes'? Nothing at all.
As for the plots, I imagine that they decided to change the plots so that the storyline would be a suprise both to those familiar with the books, and those who weren't? If it were a film, I'd be totally with you on that one and wonder why they didn't stick closer to the book, but with a series part of the attraction is in the suspense and the guessing game. Would you bother watching the series if they were exactly like the books? I expect you wouldn't be quite so addicted as you would know what would happen next and not feel bad for missing the odd series.

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Aug 9, 2008 11:14AM EDT

In terms of the changes in the characters in the show, i completely agree that it is offputting to have changed them so much.The only character who is remotely true to their description is chuck.
However, by not comparing it to everything I have read in the series I must admit that I do enjoy it, it is addictive, even if it is typical.

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Aug 9, 2008 2:53PM EDT

I believe Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savge changed those things to make the characters more likeable. And truth be told, I like the serie more than the books because you can relate to the persons in the serie but not in the books because their all so melodramatic and heartless in the books.

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Aug 9, 2008 7:22PM EDT

It's called acting. 20 year old actress can act as a 17. And I think she does a good job at it.

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Aug 10, 2008 4:03PM EDT

I agree with vixen that the characters are a lot more likable on television. The books can be annoying with their constant descriptions of clothing and shoes and all the initials...The show is much better, because the visuals don't have to be described and we can focus on the characters' personalities.

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Aug 10, 2008 5:20PM EDT

Perhaps the majority generalize what you say starlet to movies and series, because more and more people neglect books and watch more tv :) But I'm interested in what you say, so what did the show tell you about the characters that the books skipped ?

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Aug 11, 2008 7:01AM EDT

i agree with everyone, in that the casting of the tv show is terrible in relation to the book, but at the same time i like the tv show better. people have to keep in mind that the show is only BASED on the book. its not like the book is the script and the actors have to read it word for word. Josh Shwartz has just taken the IDEA of Von ziegesar's books and made it into a tv show. they should be viewed as completely seperate works

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Aug 11, 2008 1:31PM EDT

i agree wid nina!..........wats rong wid penn badgeley i luv him!

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Aug 11, 2008 1:39PM EDT

badgley*

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Aug 11, 2008 1:56PM EDT

wtevaaaaaaaaaaaits not like ur gna find 17 year old blonde tall actress 2 play srena and a bald goth 17 year old 2 play vanessa or a blonde big chest freshman for jenny...get a life its only acting.if u think its so bad y do u even watch it??/

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Aug 11, 2008 5:37PM EDT

I agree with Nina. I love the show and also the books, but while watching the show one do need to keep in mind that the show is only on the books and not following the book detail by detailI love the cast on the show, is more attractive and the show itself is very addicting.And Penn there is nothing wrong with neither is the rest of the Humpreys.But hey everyone has it own opinion and in mine opinion I love the show and the books equally, but differently.

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Aug 11, 2008 5:38PM EDT

"the show is only based on the books".

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Aug 12, 2008 3:21AM EDT

@Dreameater- I feel like the show examines their motivations much more. when reading the books, I never understood WHY the characters behaved the way they did. For example, Serena's bad reputation was mentioned, but never were the reasons for it discussed. With all the back story shown on TV, I understand where she is coming from and why she is who she is. and I do agree with those who say that it is a lot different than the books, but I think that's a good thing. ^.^ you won't hear me say that often, though; I'm a bookworm to the max.

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Aug 12, 2008 4:44AM EDT

I... might have set off the wrong vibe when I wrote that review. I wanted to express more surprise than anger. It's true I'm a big fan of the books, but like Nina said, you have to watch the show without relating it to the series to appreaciate it, and that I didn't when I got to see the first half of season one.To Starlet, I'm happy to hear that you're a "bookworm to the max", we nee dmore of those !
Sorry if I make typos and grammatical mistakes, I'm an american raised in France so it's not easy to master both languages on the exact same level. .... But at least I don't speak IM coded sentences... Those really give me a hard time; it took me time to understand what nuhbi and abeereltayar were saying.. Ahem. Thanks to the others to write something I can read ^^

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Aug 12, 2008 9:26PM EDT

Yeah, the show is based on the book. Like some true story movies are based on true to life stories. It doesnt mean that everything has to be like it is written or happend. And ya`ll know how Hollywood`s like... They always have to exaggerate things 2 make it interresting. Or u wuldnt keep on watchin the show. Right? And the actresses n actors. Who cares if they are 20 year old playing 17? Have you ever watch Beverly Hills 90210? They were much older than 20 when they supposed 2 be acting like 16. Some of them were almost 30 year old. And it still became a hit show. So Gossip Girl crew! Keep up the good work! Cuz I love this show. And Im so excited to watch season 2.

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Aug 14, 2008 6:17AM EDT

Gossip girl as a show is only based on the book its not supposed to be exactly the same. Just like in a movie or show thats based on a real story, the writers pick up on the main gist of the story and work it to their imaginations. For example, in a show like 'the tudors', in real life King Henry VIII was obese and pretty horrible-looking but in the show he is neither, but the point that the writers are making is his skill of womanizing. Its the same in Gossip Girl. The storyline is based along the lines of a mysterious blogger who writes about 'Manhattan's elite' who are basically the richest teens in New York. If it was exactly the same, it would be boring.

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Aug 15, 2008 12:21PM EDT

so what? the series is way better anyway!!! the books are too edgy and their all so sad and poetic and meaningful- now usuakky i would love that but its too wierd edgy an boring!! and vanessa- well who wuld-honestly- want to see a shaved headed person? im not saying its all about looks but it IS tv afterall, they dont cast ugly people!! sorry!! but i agree the jenny thing- i mean shes my fave in the books but i guess it wouldnt happen for a HUGE boobed girl to come in who could act too. and i meaan what were they guna do they cud hardly stuff her bra i guess they did the best they could! xxxxx

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Aug 19, 2008 8:54PM EDT

first of all, i TOTALLY agree wit x3kelly. It IS called acting and she does a real good job at it!
second, i also agree wit most ppl here, bout how it would be to boring if its really close to the show. it'd be non thrilling cause you'd know whats gonna happen if u already read the book, and about the characters, also true.The characters in the show is more likeable. I honestly lik all of the characters in the show esp serena, blair, dan and of course chuck. In the books, i dont like dan or vanessa wit her shaved head. Dan's this smoky, melancholic character. Serena just seems lik this girl whos happy all the time, nate's all high, and chuck's plain gay.
Idk, i just lik the plot and characters in the show wayyyy better than the books :))
cant wait till sept 1

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