In life, we all face a number of embarrassing or embarrassing social situations. Enemies become friends (then enemies, then acquaintances, then are forgotten before the cycle begins again), manipulation and betrayal ruin (or strengthen) relationships, social status is put at risk – you know, the usual everyday problems of an average person.
TV adaptation of the tube Gossip Girl The series of books taught me everything I need to know to handle whatever situation life throws at me.
Your friends will love you no matter how many times you fuck them
Perhaps the most important lesson the show has given me is that no matter how many times you sabotage your friends, they will understand you were doing it for the greater good and eventually forgive you. Serena Van Der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf plot against each other for the entire series and remain best friends even after their worst exploits (which include, but are not limited to, ruining relationships and stealing boyfriends, revealing secrets to all of New York City via Gossip Girl and a number of schemes that I’m pretty sure were at least somewhat, if not entirely, illegal). Basically, this show lets it be known that you can treat your friends like garbage and they will always love you.
The best way to get what you want is manipulation
Knowing that your friends won’t hate you for stabbing them in the back is the next one Gossip Girl easier lesson to swallow: the best way to get what you want is to plot and manipulate others. As you delve deeper into the series, it’s clear that Blair and Chuck Bass are made for each other. They prove this by constantly using each other as pawns in their various plans to advance in society or take revenge on their enemies. Serena and Blair almost constantly help each other to get revenge on a third party or plot against each other. Likewise, Jenny and Dan Humphrey are masters of manipulating situations to get what they want.
Manipulating other people to join your cause helps you shed some of the blame if your plan backfires. Blair and Jenny demonstrate this repeatedly when their plans explode and they quickly point the finger at those they have convinced to join their causes.
All is fair in love and war
As mentioned earlier, it’s also totally possible to go all the way to get what you want. Are you a politician? Gossip Girl teaches you that it’s okay to organize events to bring voters to your side. Are you a journalist? The show demonstrates that stealing people’s phones and hacking into their private information is a justifiable way to find stories. Maybe you just want to blackmail someone into being your friend again. In that case, Gossip Girl shows that sending them cryptic and inappropriate gifts (like porn and massive amounts of alcohol) is a great way to get them on your side. Or, if you just want someone to notice you, creating a website that reveals the secrets of everyone you know and using it to draw attention to you is probably the best way to do it.
Money will always get you out of trouble
The characters in Gossip Girl are almost all extremely wealthy, and it just shows that if you have enough money, you can do whatever you want. People on the show disappeared and later appeared with new names and identities, accidentally killing people, defrauding, and robbing.
Being rich clearly offers a certain level of diplomatic immunity. Serena constantly drinks underage and was known as a big party girl by the age of 16, but the authorities didn’t seem to care. Even when she admitted to being part of a rather unpleasant situation that caused her to flee the country, no one has beaten an eyelash so much. Her wealth and social status combined with the fact that she admitted to being involved in the first place was enough for people to forgive her without questioning anything.
Some people might see this show as fluffy or like a teen soap opera and, well, they wouldn’t be wrong. But there is so much to be learned from it! The general theme of Gossip Girl comes down to one easy-to-digest concept: if you are manipulative enough and have enough money, you will get far in life.
If these aren’t words to live on, I don’t know what they are.
Hi! I am Abbie. I am a girl from Wisconsin who just completed a journalism degree which I hope will help me achieve my goal of reading books and writing about them for a living. In my free time I like to read, watch Doctor Who and hang out with my boyfriend and his two cats.
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