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i recently began watching gossip girl, and an old guilty pleasure of mine bloomed after abooout.. two minutes into the show. so, um, STORY TIME:

when i was in fourth grade, i became obsessed with the clique series by lisi harrison. i wanted to be massie block, the main character and cliché drama queen of the books. i fangirled before i even knew what fangirling was: i created a twitter role-play; i obsessively stalked lisi harrison’s blog; i forced all my friends to read and fangirl with me – for over four years (fourth through seventh grade.. oh the dark ages). after a while, i began feeling embarrassed of my minor obsession. it made me feel shallow and well, plastic (echm mean girls). the characters were superficial and the story wasn’t even specifically interesting; looking back, i don’t even know why i enjoyed it so much. buuuuut watching gossip girl has reminded me of my love for pointless prep school drama.

suspense is terrible

i have no idea why i enjoy these types of books/movies/tv shows so much. i’d like to say i watch/read these ironically, but i don’t. i watch/read them because they’re entertaining. i find rich teenagers squabbling about designer clothes and gossiping to be extremely humorous. and if i’m being honest with myself, i want my life to be so simplistic that my biggest problem is worrying about designer bags (aka i kinda want their life) (but if i actually had that life, i think it would be awful).

i think everyone secretly wants to live that lifestyle; but it’s nice to see that their lives aren’t as glamorous as we think. their problems may be somewhat shallow and different, but they’re problems nonetheless. also, gossip girl is a lot like the heirs, a korean drama i watched and loooove. conclusion: i’m really liking it so far and gonna fangirl for a bit. 

what are some of your guilty pleasures? let me know in the comments!

xoxo

alexandra gossip girl

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Alexandra Ling

alexandra is a nineteen-year-old content creator and avid reader. when she's not on the internet or hiding behind pages, you can find her training to be a professional ballet dancer. she finds writing about herself in third-person strange.

  • OMG! I LOVE Gossip Girl. And I think I’m the same.. all that prep school drama.. I love it. I think it allows me to both be in that world for that moment, and also be glad that I’m not. I dunno, it’s a weird duality! Heh.

    Gods.. you’ve made me want to watch it now.. Chuck Bass.. *swoons*

    I think my guilty pleasure is probably the HEA.. if you can call that a guilty pleasure? I mean, I love it when a book completely shakes me and takes me by surprise.. but I’m not sure riling against the ending of a book is the same as feeling that fluffy happy warm fuzzy feeling a HEA can give you..

  • I’m a huge fan of Gossip Girl too – currently re-watching it on Netflix and it’s turned into an obsession! I also find that I can’t get enough of prep school novels either – I blame Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld and The Secret History!