Posted by Beverley Palasik on August 18, 2011 in Blog tagged with pop goth, private, Y.A fiction
When the Gossip Girl novels premiered in 2002, young adult readers were granted V.I.P. access to the fabulous world of American teenage conspicuous consumption, a hedonistic fictional foray into the lives of the rich, the famous, and their unlimited disposable income. By 2005, the successful appeal of Gossip Girl scenarios (omnipresent parties, drinking, drugs, sex, and the power struggles privileged girls confront in their chicly attired and well-coiffed social circles) made the market ripe for the abundant publication of similar series and spinoffs. Apart from variation in writing quality and plot detail, series like Gossip Girl, A-List, and It Girl were largely interchangeable and allowed girls to try on enviable lifestyles the way you might try on an outrageous Versace gown: it’s fun to twirl about in, but when it comes down to it, you don’t really have any place to wear it.