I’ve decided that for the rest of 2017, I’m going to try and share more of my own history. Favourites, memories, maybe even pictures from way back when! I think that as bloggers we tend to gravitate towards certain topics, leading to a slightly one and a half dimensional image. So, every few weeks I will share something that’s been with me for a while!… Everyone has those tv shows that come into their life at the perfect time, and stick with them. I hope that this doesn’t die out with the whole Netflix/ Amazon Prime/ streaming thing because I think that watching shows week by week cements it in your being. While I’ve talked about how much I love Gilmore Girls, there are a handful of other shows that I still love to watch and every few years I pull out the ol’ DVD’s and have a watch through! And this year, the watch through is Gossip Girl…
You might not necessarily pair Gossip Girl with me, but I do love me some scripted drama with equally timeless and trendy fashion! Gossip Girl started it’s seven season run in September of 2007, when a young Historian started her university career- a time when she suddenly had more time on her hands, a lot of notes to re-copy, and a void to fill left by said Gilmore Girls. I wasn’t sure about this one, but I figured, hey, why not? And I was pretty much immediately sucked into the drama and mystery that is Gossip Girl. At the time Grey’s Anatomy ruled supreme but I’m a fairly squeamish person. (WHO THOUGHT AIRING A TRAIN CRASH THAT SHOVED A POLE THROUGH TWO PEOPLE WAS A GOOD IDEA? SERIOUSLY?!) The OC had also just finished it’s run, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the bizarrely outlandish feeling. (And they stole Dave Rygalski from Gilmore. No dice.) So, why do I love it?
Like many people with a sense of style that gravitates towards classic, I thoroughly enjoy Blair’s fashion! I think that people get a little ridiculous with the “I’m a Serena, I’m a Blair” bit but I do very much appreciate what Eric Daman (costume designer) brought to our small screens. As I get older, I am very quickly exhausted by the trends and fads that come in and out of style, and I reach for pieces that don’t have a date or period attached to them. While her overall look may be slightly younger, she has the best building blocks of a timeless wardrobe and I would still probably steal her closet, given the opportunity.
Yes, I thoroughly enjoy reading historical theory and watching documentaries on the politics of Waterloo, but sometimes I just like letting go and not having to think overly hard. Some people read Harlequin romance novels, some people veg out on a beach, and some people watch trashy television. The lives of wealthy Upper East Siders is other worldly to me, so it’s pure escape. I also lead a super boring life, I always have. Don’t get me wrong, I love my life and I’m proud of everything that I’ve accomplished, but I’ve never been known as a particularly exciting or dramatic person. These people with their scandals and their money and their general craziness, it’s escapism at its finest!
These ladies were persona non grata to each other to start with, it took time, like my love of tv shows.
The Slow Build
This is really a change in the medium of television- now we get 6-10 episode seasons where everything blasts past us, instead of a slow building season that progresses over 20-24 episodes that gives us a chance to learn to love the characters and become invested in the show. I wasn’t bowled over by Gossip Girl in the first episode, it probably took me a good four to five to really get hooked. I know that people will argue that with the advent of Netflix and Hulu originals that it forces writers to be succinct and to the point but it doesn’t leave me much time as a viewer to get comfortable with what I’m watching.
No, Gossip Girl didn’t change the world or make any huge difference, but in the ten years since it’s been released, it’s given me many an hour of relaxation and fun! Life gets crazy busy more often than not and sometimes you have to take a minute to appreciate the fun in the world! Ten years ago, Gossip Girl came to live on our screens, and it’s been one hell of a guilty pleasure. Vanity Fair has a great piece celebrating the 10th anniversary if you are curious!
Now I want to know- what tv show do you watch to escape and relax? Any and all are welcome!