Spotted: Your One and Only Unofficial Guide to Gossip Girl

Spotted: Your One and Only Unofficial Guide to Gossip Girl

by Crissy Calhoun


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Best friends, boyfriends, high school and haute couture — Gossip Girl has gone from a guilty pleasure to becoming the show everyone is talking about, from Rolling Stone to Vanity Fair, from gossip columnists to President Obama. From its not-so-humble beginnings as a bestselling book series set in the posh Upper East Side private schools of New York City, this show the Boston Herald deemed “every parent’s nightmare” has catapulted into the pop culture stratosphere. In the first two seasons Gossip Girl has proved itself a popular and critical darling, influencing the culture it critiques and setting trends while providing biting social commentary on this generation of entitled, tech-savvy youth. In Spotted: Your One and Only Unofficial Guide to Gossip Girl, you’ll find: * an episode-by-episode exploration of seasons 1 and 2, tracing the development of the characters and storylines * bios of the cast and the show’s creators, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage * comparisons to the show’s teen soap and literary predecessors, including how the Gossip Girl books were adapted * summaries of the movies that inspire each episode’s title * sidebars of fun trivia * all the details on the music, the fashion, and the NYC locations where Gossip Girl films (complete with exclusive photos!) Chuck Bass. (And he’s wearing purple.) Second only to a Blair Waldorf–inspired hair band, Spotted is the must-have accessory for any fan who says, “Not enough!” when the end credits roll.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781550228892
Publisher: ECW Press
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 1,054,507
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Crissy Calhoun is an editor and a writer. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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nicole on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Composing what is primarily an episode guide to the first two seasons of Gossip Girl, Crissy Calhoun takes an almost scholarly approach to the popular show based on Cecily von Ziegesar¿s scandalous book series. Spotted includes actor biographies, but the main focus is the episodes. Each episode write-up receives a bit of analysis followed by some interesting tidbits in a section titled ¿JTLYK¿ (that would be ¿just to let you know¿). The music and clothing featured in each episode are also detailed. Some of the sections, such as Oops and The Original Gossipverse, are only included for some episodes since they don¿t apply to each one. The Original Gossipverse was particularly fun for someone like me who read the series long before the show debuted. While I remembered some book plots, this section reminded me that Georgina actually is a book character though her story has been dramatically changed.Although I¿m a fan of Gossip Girl, Spotted revealed two things I was completely unaware of. Each episode derives its title from a movie. That movie generally has some relation to the episode plot which Calhoun explains. Additionally, the show parallels in many ways another Josh Schwartz show, The O.C. I didn¿t watch The O.C., so I didn¿t notice. Calhoun points out where the plots of two shows overlap. Teens in New York and California experience the same things when they share an executive producer!Calhoun gives an in-depth look at Gossip Girl that can be appreciated by those who were fans from the beginning as well as those who have just started watching. Spotted also educates the reader on the many references the show makes to pop culture, historical events, and works of literature.
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