All the Times We Thought A New Show Was Going to Be the Next Gossip Girl
Blame it on nostalgia or wishful thinking, but every time a new series bears the slightest resemblance to Gossip Girl, we can't help but latch on and hope for the best. Despite our collective finger-crossing though, Gossip Girl remains one of a kind, defending its Queen B status without so much as lifting a finger (a.k.a. doing a reboot like all our old favorites are these days), even five years after it went off-air. Here's a look at the shows that the internet (including us, sorry!) dubbed as the next Gossip Girl.
After bagging the role of a lifetime in a movie touted as the next big YA franchise, college student Paige Townsen (played by Bella Thorne) is thrown into the glitzy but sketchy world of Hollywood. Not only does she have to juggle a full course load and a hectic film schedule, she also has to deal with her conflicting feelings for her best friend and her co-star.
The verdict: Fame, glamour, secrets, schemes, and cute boys—it has all the elements of Gossip Girl, but something got lost along the way. Despite Bella Thorne's charm, Pretty Little Liars showrunner Marlene I. King's magic touch, and the major conflicts in the story that range from illicit affairs to covered-up crimes, the show lacks a certain weight and the snappy vibe to counteract it. Gossip Girl, on the other hand, had that undeniable swagger that said, we know this storyline is beyond absurd, but you're going to enjoy it, just trust us.
Best described as the fictional British monarchy gone wild, The Royals starts with the death of Prince Robert, heir to the throne, which affects the family in different ways. His brother, the new heir to the throne, grapples with his new responsibilities and the weight of the crown. His sister follows a path of self-destruction. His father questions the very institution that put his family in a place of power, and his mother makes one bad decision after another.
The verdict: The Royals had a promising start. All that juicy intrigue kept us glued to our screens, discussing the latest scandal/s week after week. But it burned hot and fast too soon—with Gossip Girl, there were at least two solid seasons, almost 50 episodes, before the writers seemingly threw all caution to the wind. The king's death in the season one finale also threw things off balance in a way that we could almost hear the arguments behind the scenes as to what direction the show should take.
Talk about exclusive: This reboot of the '80s hit series follows a family that belongs to "the one percent of the one percent." Power play, blood vs. blood, family secrets, sneaky schemes, and obscene amounts of wealth—sounds very similar to Gossip Girl.
The verdict: It'll be out later this year. We're trying not to expect too much, but it's tough when you take into consideration that it's from the executive producers of Gossip Girl and The O.C. and the minds behind the original Dynasty.
Based on Curtis Sittenfeld's best-selling debut novel about the painfully specific yet deeply relatable experiences of a 14-year-old, small-town girl who moves to a prestigious boarding school, Prep is being developed into a comedy on HBO by creatives who are partly behind the success of 30 Rock and Game of Thrones.
The verdict: As much as the book is so good, it should be required reading for all ages, there's very little we know about the show. So instead of projecting our hopes of a Gossip Girl 2.0, we're going to wait until the show premieres. Who knows, it might have a totally different vibe or it might be *gasp* even better! We guess that goes for every new series: Similar they may be to other shows, each one deserves a fresh start and should be judged based on their own merits. Lesson learned!
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5 Mystery-Thriller Novels to Read
If you’re stuck at home and out of Netflix shows to binge-watch, then you might want to try and read these mystery-thriller books to match your homemade Dalgona Coffee.
1. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The debut novel, and Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery & Thriller of 2019, follows Alicia Berenson, a well-known painter married to an esteemed fashion photographer. Life seemed perfect for Alicia, until one evening when she shot her husband five times, and… never spoke again.
2. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
From the author of Final Girls comes this page turning novel about an infamous building in Manhattan called the Bartholomew. After stumbling upon an ad to become an apartment sitter, Jules Larsen has set out to look after apartment 12A under strict and somewhat odd conditions. Not long after stepping foot in the building, Jules has been met with unfriendly tenants, eerie noises in the apartment unit, and an abrupt departure of a fellow sitter named Ingrid.
3. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
If you loved Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho or David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, then this book is for you. After the disappearance of her Aunt Vivian while working as a night-shift clerk at the Sun Down Motel in 1982, Carly has set off to Fell NY, to work the same job at the same place as her Aunt had 35 years ago – with hopes of uncovering the truth lurking behind the Motel walls.
4. Verity by Colleen Hoover
While known for Young-Adult Novels such as Slammed and Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover offers readers a romantic thriller about Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling author who was given the opportunity to finish the three remaining novels of a successful series after its original author, Verity Crawford, suffered an accident and has become immobile. After receiving an invite at the Crawford manor to sort through Verity’s notes, Lowen discovers an unpublished autobiography revealing the truth about Verity. With the eerie atmosphere of having Verity confined in her own home, and who is seemingly aware of her surroundings, Lowen is certain Verity is not what she appears to be.
5. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
A mind-bending science fiction thriller from the best-selling author of Wayward Pines – Dark Matter is packed with the concept of the Multiverse and the philosophy of existentialism. The novel follows an ordinary Physics professor, Jason Dessen, who was looking forward to dinner with his family while walking the streets of Chicago. The next thing he knew, he was being held at gunpoint – by a man wearing a mask – and injected with an unknown drug and blacks out. When he regains consciousness, he learns that the world he woke up to was different from the world he knew.
Here's a poem I wrote a while back reflecting on what it's like over-rationalize a simple thing like crushing on a dude -- hence, the title "Scientific Method"
You were a phenomenon I cannot wrap my head around
When I first met you, my heart forgot to make its signature sound
And it's overwhelming, your presence;
And underwhelming, so science will be the only language I'll hide in-- For now.
At first glance, I notice your top button unbuttoned,
and your shirt fully cotton
Complete with a smile as nervous as me
And a swagger in your step only I can see
Further on, I find your wit to be at a pace
That doesn't leave any space for tension to rise
and it's all too nice
And ridiculous and a bit too suspicious
That this isn't another (well,) circus.
Now, let's take a wild guess,
Oh, but it has to be smart, yes,
That this could lead to something with potential
That this isn't another differential easily solved
With a formula, tried and tested but never evolved
For so long, we've both been independent of any dependent
Keeping our variables fixed and ourselves distracted
With anything, everything,
But not a single thing
Could stop me from pushing this blindly to find its threshold,
Hoping that it's a quantity my hands could still hold
Over hours, days, and weeks
Through minor revisions and tweaks
Then comes the analysis -- that these weren't accidents
So, now I find myself in a conundrum
With the anomaly in a blue shirt right in front of me,
That this had to be processed logically,
But the findings are as follows:
None of which were shallow, so I therefore conclude that it's true,
I therefore conclude that it's you.
Mi Luna: The Light in My Dark Soul Locked in… Alone…
Why do I feel comforted by darkness? Oh cause maybe because… I am a jolly and very enthusiast kid back then. All I know is to have fun, laugh and play. But as I grow older, everything has changed, a lot. I can feel the changes. I know the more I get older, I’m turning to something I’m not. You know what, I just realized I like it even more. And that’s how I turned a monster. A monster to my own self. Always questioning life and even God about the things that are happening with my life. “Do I deserve this?”. Every day was a struggle. “Which mask should I wear now?”. And every night is my judgement time. “Should I still continue with my miserable life?”. This certainly sum up my whole life. I have this mindset since I was young. I can say that my experiences made me like this. I always want to escape, but every time I tried to pick up myself up, there is always shits that pulls me down. And there, I get tired. Hoping that no one would ever see this. As I despise myself as well. What I can do now is to just embraced everything, I just embraced darkness- reflecting my own self.
“Look at the moon, it can shine alone and it can give us light at night.” A line I was keeping in my mind that a friend of mine helps me realize things and been there to fix my path. And there I started seeking for my moon but I do not know which part should I start. As days passed, I started to open up myself. I started to act as what truly inside me. It is very hard at first and there is this time that even the situation got worst. But as I continue exploring with my life, a question pop out on my head “Why did I still get this far?”, I can say that maybe I should do this, maybe I really can do this but it is myself who is holding me back because I’m afraid.
Now as far as I am trying to revive my soul, there I know that many people care. Yes, I learned to open up but not to all, on different situations there are people who can understand me because they have the same situation as I am. I learn to open up as long as they did not force me. I learned to navigate and open up for whom I trusted and at the same time when I am ready. The light that I am seeking is my own understanding and acceptance about myself. My light is myself and I am Mi Luna. So it is not too late to save myself. I have thought that, I should be a survivor and winner. That I should also be the ruler of my own mind and soul. Eliminate the room for darkness and let the light shine through you, that I can say how I earned myself again. Mi Luna’s darkness have turned to spotlight.
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