It could have been any girl in any clique at any school where Dan Humphrey wound up … But it was Serena on the Upper East Side at Constance Billard and St. Jude’s prep and so it began.
He had the wrong clothes, the wrong life, the wrong money, and the wrong mentality. But he watched close, started a blog, and wrote himself into their world.
There is a Serena, Blair, Nate and Chuck around every corner but these were Dan’s peers — and so they became his stars. They lived in hotels, drank bone-dry caps, had a “dress codes for brunch” and the liberty to travel without parental permission.
Many of your editors here at the Truffle grew up spending inordinate amounts of time in NY — attending classes at Dalton, shopping at Bendels, and driving out to South Hampton with our friends we met at Swiss and East Coast boarding schools and later on through abroad programs in Paris and Oxford and then of course even later via jobs in Hollywood and on Wall Street. Through it all we amassed a rolodex full of friends we couldn’t seem to escape rather it was a London nightclub, a flight to Aspen or a weekend trip in Florida. Everyone we knew was always right there too. And when we met new people it became a game of “oh, do you know …?”
This is one of the many reasons we enjoy and appreciate the show. From polo to prescription pills to dinner with Lou Doillon in Paris to partying in the Hollywood hills … most every moment of the show was a relatable “damn, do we know the writers” moment for us here at the Truffle.
Which brings us to our first Gossip Girl topic we want to breakdown ….
“One of us”
Serena asks Blair in the final episode “what does that even mean?” We can answer that: Being ‘one of us’ means the same thing it means when you are sitting with a good friend and someone says something you both think is wrong or stupid and you don’t dare exchange a glance for fear your looks of bitchiness will show. It could be any topic and any group. Some people understand each other — and some people don’t.
No matter if you are on the UES or in Williamsburg or DC or LA — There are always going to be the Chucks & Blairs of the world where they only like people who are exactly the same or who will serve them — but there will also always be their best friends Serena or Nate who don’t give an f.
If you want a fool proof way to skirt any tough to penetrate circle — develop the following three skills: be fun, interesting, and stylish. Or get yourself a high-profile power job like Nelly Yuki.
Dan was simply not that well-dressed until his dad married Lily, wasn’t that interesting until he became a novelist which was the point Blair decided he was date-able, and was never fun. Ergo …
Some of those closest to the Truffle core — many of whom went to the same school, Nightingale Bamford, with (and some at the same time as) Cecily Von Ziegesar, scribe of the original Gossip Girl book series — often say the TV show bastardized the masterpiece that were the books and refused to watch the show at all. Many who tried the show felt it failed much of the books’ plots, character personalities, and other major and minor facts. But we can safely say 99% came around to agree this was indeed — as New York Magazine stated: “The Best Show Ever.”
In the vain of Entourage, the success is in the details. Countless cameos littered GG like stamps of authority on the Upper East Side: Michael Kors, Charlotte Ronson, Mayor Bloomberg, Tyra Banks, Alexa Chung, Nacho Figueras, Joe Zee, Tinsley Mortimer, Rachel Zoe, Diane Von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, Georgina Chapman, Tim Gunn, Barneys’ Simon Doonan, Vogue editors Hamish Bowles and Lauren Santo Domingo, W editor Stefano Tonchi, singers Robyn and Lady Gaga, author Jay McInerney (Bright Lights, Big City), Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp, film director David O. Russell, and even Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More.
All time fave quotes:
“You will never be as young, or as thin or as beautiful as you are right now.” — Eleanor to Blair
“What is this man, your hotel? — Dan to Chuck
“Loose the scotch — it’s barely noon.” — Bart to Chuck
“I can tell you’re up to something. Please, let me in on it — I haven’t been this bored since I believed in Jesus. – Georgina to Dan
“You’re not wearing that with that — Are you?” — Lily to Serena
“My mom wont let me learn to drive because she says that’s what drivers are for.” – Serena to Dan
“Excuse me … I don’t like my ice to get lonley.” — Cece to waitress
“Even you should know that jealousy clashes with LL Bean pants” — Jenny to Dan
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