|Creator:||Cecily von Ziegesar (bookverse) Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage (showverse)|
|Date(s):||2002 (book) September 14, 2007— (tv series)|
|Medium:||YA novels, TV series, gaming (Second Life), SL webseries and multimedia online franchise|
|Country of Origin:||US|
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Gossip Girl is a multimedia franchise aimed at the Young Adult (YA) demographic. The TV show follows the social lives of vastly wealthy, teenaged, Upper East Siders as they grapple with life, love, and the moral complexities of designer clothes and nonfat yoghurt. In short, it's hilarious, campy fun.
Gossip Girl is an interesting media product. The show actually debuted on iTunes four days before it was broadcast and it has an extensive interactive online presence, including webisodes produced in Second Life. In effect, it comes with a fandom "out of the box".
The most popular ship in Gossip Girl is Blair/Chuck but it's a diverse fandom with lots of popular pairings. Unusually for a LiveJournal media fandom, femslash is very popular, particularly Serena/Blair and Bleighton.
(vids, icons and fanmixes) (RPF popularity--pos something about the show itself being kind of fictional RPF--gossip blog etc)
- gossipgirltv : central comm on LJ
- Gossip Girl News : LiveJournal and delicious newsletter that covers LJ, Youtube, and gossip sites
- The Upper East Side in Second Life
- Gossip Girl Fanfiction Archive on fanfiction.net
- Gossip Girl works on AO3