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Cecily von Ziegesar on the Inspiration for Gossip Girl

It was hard to miss the buzz surrounding the scandalous Gossip Girl when it debuted in 2007, and the books the television series is based on weren’t any tamer.

In mediabistro.com’s So What Do You Do? interview, the series’ creator Cecily von Ziegesar explained how she came up with the inspiration for those elite Upper East Side teenagers.

“I always start with something that’s real, an actual occurrence or somebody that I really know. Then, I change it so much that it’s not that anymore. But that’s always a kind of germ of where the person comes from,” she said. “I had a friend who was obsessed with Audrey Hepburn and, so, Blair is obsessed with Audrey Hepburn. But I just borrowed that characteristic from a friend. The rest of Blair’s characteristics have nothing to do with that friend.”

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The Gossip Girl Method for Landing a TV Show

With the blockbuster TV show in its fifth season, Gossip Girl has firmly cemented its place as one of the most successful young adult franchises of our time. But the author of the fiction series that spawned the show has sobering words for authors hoping to do the same with their titles: “just go write a screenplay.”

“I really think it’s to a book’s detriment to think of it as, ‘Oh, this is going to be a great movie.’ It’s hard!” Gossip Girl creator Cecily von Ziegesar said  in mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? interview. “I think the best thing to do is write a book thinking no one’s going to read it.  It’s certainly not going to be made into a movie, and I’m just doing this because I have to write this book, because I really want to write this book. I’m not writing this because it’s going to be a huge hit. The most successful books were not meant to be; they came out of nowhere.”

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