It's that time of the year when I decide it's a good idea to reveal one of my guilty pleasures: Gossip Girl, the CW series about "the scandalous lives of Manhattan's elite". The show just aired its last episode on December 17th 2012 in its sixth season.
The show is about the young and rich and famous kids of New York City's Upper East Side, who behave like adults, drink like adults, party like adults, and live their lives surrounded by luxury and scandal. The key figure of this show is the blonde Serena van der Woodsen, who is just back from boarding school after disappearing misteriously one year ago without telling anyone, not even her best friend Blair Waldorf. The rest of the cast is completed with "Mr. Perfect" Nate Archibald, the sexually and alcoholically precocious Chuck Bass, Brooklyn's "Lonely Boy" Dan Humphrey and his wannabe-socialite sister Jenny. Sex, drugs, alcohol, fashion, scandal... And all of it told to the world by the anonymous blogger Gossip Girl.
Every once in a while I need to disconnect from the real world and get my dose of frivolity and gossip. And Gossip Girl is nothing but that: a soap-opery drama about teens who are way too concerned with fashion and scheeming in order to get what they want, no matter what it takes or who it takes down.
The truth is, it's not a great series. It's a great entertainment for summer (when I started watching the series because I read a lot about it online and wanted to give it a try) and the first three seasons keep you interested. That said, from season 4 onwards the plot becomes boring and repetitive and the only thing that makes you want to watch further is the romance between Blair and Chuck, but even that gets tiresome after a whole season.
Overall, it's a series that I can recommend only to those who can be invested in teenage drama or don't mind that these kids spend important amounts of money as though it were the most normal thing in the world and never ever use the same outfit more than once. However, stay away from Gossip Girl if you're for Anonymous or the Occupy Wall Street or 15-M movements and can't take the romantization of the lives of the rich and the famous.