What's the Difference between Gossip Girl the Book and Gossip Girl the TV Show?


Gossip Girl

Released: 2002
Author: Cecily von Ziegesar

Gossip Girl

Released: 2007
Creator: Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage
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Serena van der Woodsen
Serena van der Woodsen
Portrayed by: Blake Lively
Dan Humphrey
Dan Humphrey
Portrayed by: Penn Badgley
Blair Waldorf
Blair Waldorf
Portrayed by: Leighton Meester
Gossip Girl Book vs TV Show
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In the Book In the TV Show
   Erik van der Woodsen is three years older than Serena. He is two years younger.
   Erik is straight. He is gay.
   Lily van der Woodsen is married to Serena's father. They are divorced and Lily married both Bart Bass and Rufus.
   Serena left for boarding school because she ruined her relationship with Blair by having sex with Nate. She left because after a party a guy she was with died after doing cocaine with her.
   Blair and Serena have a sexual fling. They do not.
   Serena has a very brief fling with Dan. Dan and Serena are on again off again throughout the entire series and end up getting married.
   Serena and Nate had sex for the first time in his parent's bed. It was in the bar at a wedding.
   Chuck is bisexual. He is straight, although he does kiss a man on one occasion and indicates that he may have done it before.
   Chuck and Dan attend Riverside prep and Nate goes to St. Judes. They all attend St. Judes.
   Chuck never has a girlfriend. He is in love with Blair and eventually marries her.
   Nate hates Chuck. They are best friends.
   Chuck's parents are married. Chuck thinks his mother died in childbirth.
   Chuck has a brother and a cousin. He is an only child.
   No one likes Chuck. He is friends with all the main characters.
   Vanessa goes to school with Blair and Serena. She is home schooled.
   Vanessa has a shaved head. She has long hair.
   Vanessa is a goth girl who is overweight. She is a bohemian and is slim.
   Nate has a drug problem. He is a weed smoker, but doesn't have a problem.
   Dan loses his virginity to Vanessa. He loses it to Serena.
   Dan is a smoker. He doesn't smoke.
   Dan and Vanessa met when she moved from Vermont at 15. They were childhood friends and then Vanessa left town. She returned when they were 16.
   Dan experiments with homosexuality. He is straight.
   Jenny is an aspiring artist. She wants to be a fashion designer.
   Jenny is a brunette with large breasts. She is blond with smaller breasts.
   Blair loses her virginity to Nate. She loses it to Chuck.
   Blair has a younger brother named Tyler. She is an only child.
   Rufus is a retired editor of Beat poetry. He is the frontman of 90s, one hit wonder, Lincoln Hawk.
   Blair and Nate only start dating when they are in High School. They have been a couple since they were young children.
   Blair attends Yale. Blair fails to get into Yale, and first goes to NYU, then Columbia.
   Dan is a poet. Dan is a writer.
   Gossip Girl remains anonymous. Gossip Girl is revealed to be Dan.
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