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Well, months of binge watching led to the inevitable: I finally entered 2012 and finished Gossip Girl. Initially, I was going to dedicate this post to arguing why Chuck and Blair are easily one of the best couples on TV... but I feel like that might take more preparation than my graduate thesis will.
So, instead, and in the spirit of growth, love & friendship (hey, feel free to check out those tabs off to the right), I want to talk about the two Queen Bees of the Upper East Side: Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen.
Maybe it's because we share a hair color, but I've always been partial to Blair. Now, having finished the show, I completely identify with the character, played effortlessly by Leighton Meester. In fact, somewhere in the last few months, as often as I found myself siding with Blair, I was often shaking my head at Serena.
Will this be the last time I talk/post about Gossip Girl? Probably not. If you haven't seen the show and plan on binging it, don't read on - hopefully I'll see you next week. For those of you choosing to stick around, here are the top 10 reasons why Blair is better than Serena.
2. Serena's inability to play nice with her mom.
There is something to be said about a girl who can't get along with her mother. And sure, we all have ups and downs with our parents - but NO ONE like Serena. The lies and the schemes and the conspiracies are unlike any mother/daughter relationship I have ever seen. Blair, however, has a strong and admirable relationship with her mother - Eleanor even entrusts Blair with running her multi-million dollar business by the end of the series. I would take a Blair/Eleanor relationship over a Serena/Lily roller coaster any day.
3. Blair's work ethic and determination puts Serena's to shame.
Serena, the beautifully effortless blonde bombshell, hasn't had to work a day in her life. Even when she worked as a production assistant in LA and NYC, she whined and cut corners all day long. She wanders effortlessly from scene to scene - without a college degree or any work ethic for miles. Blair, time and time again, proves herself as a hard worker - logging hours in her internship or pursuing a higher education. In Season 6, she pushes herself to BED REST and EXHAUSTION from working TOO MUCH. Serena (and honestly, a lot of people I know in 2017), expects to glide in, unbothered, and have things handed to her. I mean, she is literally offered her job in LA while she is WALKING DOWN A BOARDWALK.
4. Serena van der Woodsen is easily one of the pettiest characters on any
TV show, ever.
Okay, let's call a spade a spade: if you know me, you know I am probably one of the pettiest people north of the Mason-Dixon line. And Blair is equal parts petty (and deceiving and deceitful, but hey, so am I - on my best day). Serena would do anything to stay relevant, even if it's at the expense of the people she loves. Remember when Serena applied to Yale, because she knew it was Blair's lifelong DREAM? A real friend, even a mediocre one, would never be petty enough to blatantly steal something from their "best friend" just to prove that they could.
5. Serena's inability to overcome adversity.
For two girls who have rocky relationships with their fathers (Blair's dad divorced her mom to marry another man and moved to Paris; Serena's dad abandoned their family when she was 4), these two characters could not have turned out any differently. The writers wasted no opportunity to remind audiences of Serena's "daddy issue" (does anyone else hate that term, or is it just me?). However, with Blair, the writing staff of GG used her father leaving the country as a challenge that Blair had to overcome - yet again another example of how Blair's character was 10x stronger than Serena's.
6. Serena always needed a man to define her.
We all know someone like this, too (are you noticing a pattern here yet?). Even way back in Season 1, Serena challenged Dan to help her become a better person. Throughout the entire series, Serena clung to different men. While the writers tried to pass this off as her "daddy issues," I just saw it as yet another flaw in Serena's character. Blair, as delusional as she may be, wanted to build an empire. Serena just wanted to be saved.
7. She literally cannot take responsibility for ANYTHING.
Ugh, we all know someone like this. Nothing that they do wrong is their fault. Like the time Blair's mom asked Serena to model for her clothing line, totally snubbing Blair. And instead of owning up to it, Serena got totally defensive (no surprise there). Honestly, how were these two ever friends after Season 1??
8. Serena only cares about herself...
Okay, I swear I am wrapping up here. Stick with me, I have a point to all of this. This whole time I have been pointing out how Serena is a terrible friend to Blair. But what's worse is how she treats the guys on this show. One of Serena's main plot points early on in the show centered around the fact that Serena did not know whether to date Dan or Nate (I'll take whichever one she passes on, please). But the entire time, she never treats them like PEOPLE - nevermind people who are in love with her. That's one of the biggest issues that I have with Serena - she just EXPECTS attention and love and adoration. She walks all over Dan and Nate, and when she needs to decide which path to take - she runs off to Paris. Talk about avoiding your responsibilities, S.
9. ...and she can't even be bothered to care about her "best friend."
I've made an effort to cut all the Serenas out of my life since graduating in May. There is no room in my world for people who only care about themselves. And I found myself constantly thinking "why does Blair even want to be her friend??" I mean, this is the girl who seduced Blair's boyfriend (two different boyfriends for the record) just to prove that she could win. And, like all Hollywood stories, every time the two seemed to come back from the transgression. Take this list as your sign that you need to cut the Serenas out of your life, too.
10. Chuck & Blair > Serena & Anyone, ever.
Okay, maybe that's harsh - but hear me out. Chuck and Blair are end game. Like, relationships you only dream about because you don't believe they can be real. "I flew to Paris to get you these macaroons, because I know they're your favorite" - level romantic. And yes, they have ups and downs - but that is what makes them REAL. Serena, on the other hand, bounces (once again, aimlessly) from guy to guy. Nate to Dan to Carter to Steven and everyone in between - I lost track a long time ago. Chuck and Blair have a love story. Serena, like the rest of her entire character, once again lacks depth, sincerity, longevity, and ultimately - reality.
To me, this silly blog post is so much more than which character I relate to the most - it's about what kind of a person, friend, sister, roommate (etc) that I hope that I am. And I would much rather be seen as strong and driven than beautiful and delusional.
So, did you stick with me to the end? Do you think I'm delusional? Did you just scroll through to look at the pictures? Either way - weigh in below - are you a Blair or a Serena?
Say what you want about Blair, but I would much rather be a Blair than a Serena any day.