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Children's Literacy Round-Up: September 24

Gossip Girl

Forgot to mention that I watched the Gossip Girl pilot on CW the other day, and I quite liked it. I haven't read the books, but I do have a weakness for this sort of teen beautiful people soap opera (dating back to Beverly Hills 90210, and continuing forward to the first two seasons of The O.C.). I suppose that this is consistent with the books that I like to read, so it's not inexplicable.

Anyway, Gossip Girl is about ultra-privileged prep school teens living in New York City. The apparent lead character in the ensemble, Blake Lively plays Serena van der Woodsen as likeable and genuinely nice. You know, nice for a spoiled rich kid with a bit of a drinking problem who has committed, shall we say, an indiscretion with her best friend's boyfriend. Yet Lively manages to make her appealing, and even vulnerable. Less privileged siblings Dan and Jenny Humphrey, and their has-been rock star father, are also engaging. I think that Gossip Girl has potential. News stories that I've seen about this predict that the show will be a HUGE hit with the teen audience. I think it will, and I think that I'll watch it.

But I still miss Roswell