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,