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The television series is better than the book
on 7 August 2014
This poorly written book is not as good as the television series. Lonely Boy, Dan Humphrey, is poorly developed and states that he's never had a fight before. However, in the tv series we see him punch Chuck in the eye and threaten him with a second black eye. He is much stronger in the tv series, but in the book he is undeveloped.
I understand the principle of opposites attract and that although Serena and Dan are outsiders in their own way, they don't inhabit the same world. Serena is an outsider because she has been kicked out of boarding school and rumours fly around speculating as to the various reasons why that is. However, in both the book and the tv series I don't believe in their relationship. He hasn't fought to win her in the same that his sister, Jenny, is fighting to be accepted into this middle class society. I would have liked to have seen more of Dan being excluded from high society in his school such as people ignoring his presence.
Vanessa Adams needed more development as an aspiring filmmaker. I wanted to share her dream of making films, but what I got from her was jealousy over Dan falling in love with Serena.