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Gossip Girl: 8 Shocking Differences Between The Book And The Show

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Gossip Girl was an incredibly successful CW show that ran for six seasons, receiving numerous awards and nominations along the way. It gained a strong fan following that all started with a book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. Gossip Girl was based off her experience growing up in New York City back in the ’80s, but with a modern day spin. The books followed the glamorous lives of teenagers living on the Upper East Side of NYC, who come from wealthy families, go to private schools and boarding schools, but also dealt the struggles they face in their friendships and relationships. Ziegesar wrote 11 books for the series, so Gossip Girl had a pretty strong following before it was even made into a show! However, there were a few let downs when fans finally got to see their favorite books up on the small-screen. Here are the 8 biggest differences between the Gossip Girl books and the show!

8. Jenny Humphrey’s Chest

One of the most obvious differences between the books and the CW show can be found in the appearances of all the characters. Many of them are made to look much “prettier” than they are in the novels. In Ziegesar’s writing, Jenny Humphrey is much different than how she appears on the show. In the novel she is a short, busty girl who doesn’t want to be noticed by guys, but constantly is because of her abnormally large chest. At the age of 14 she was gifted with a chest around the size of 34D. The Humprhey girl was supposed to be shy and innocent, but the Jenny we saw on the show was almost the complete opposite. She ended up being extremely confident and outgoing, especially when it came to her love interests! “We made a point of not writing Jenny’s large chest into the script because we just felt we would be saddling — quite literally — a young actress with something that would prove to be difficult over time. Either we had to limit our casting pool to young actresses with enormous chests, or we would be asking a 14 -15 year old girl to go to work every day with a giant padded bra or chicken cutlets in her bra, and it didn’t sit well with either of us,” said GG writer and producer Stephanie Savage. She’s also supposed to have wild curly hair and idolize Serena, not Blair.

© The CW / Courtesy Everett Collection

© The CW / Courtesy Everett Collection


7. The Humphrey’s Lived on the Upper West Side

In the book series the Humphrey family was much, much different. For starters, the family didn’t live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They were a family living on the Upper West Side. When asked about this particular change, Savage said it all came down to what the general public could best understand and differentiate about New York geography. “We felt that the vast majority of Americans, the difference between the Upper East Side and the Upper West Side was a little bit too subtle to try and grasp. So we talked about making them a downtown family, and then we were like, you know, the new downtown is Brooklyn, so we put them there,” she said. Also, Rufus was supposed to be a balding, ex-rocker who has a tendency to lash out at his kids, but the dad we saw on the show was much cooler and had a full head of hair.

© The CW / Courtesy Everett Collection

© The CW / Courtesy Everett Collection

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