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Deadly New Gossip Girl

Have you ever watched a show, read a book, where you just wished that the characters would stop all their petty fighting and just go for the literal jugular already?  I mean haven’t you ever read a book and thought, “Wow, this would be so much better if they just started beating each other down!”

Well, apparently Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the popular Gossip Girl series, has had similar violent urges.  This September she reveals the darker side of the Upper East with her release Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer.  We once again join those oh-so-wealthy and dramatic New York teens, Blair, Serena, Nate and Chuck, but this time…their privileged life is literally to die for. Psycho Killer follows the same story as the original Gossip Girl book, but along with the cutting words, von Ziegesar adds some things a little sharper–aka knives.  The book starts with:

Welcome to New York City’s Upper East Side, where my friends and I live, go to school, play, and sleep-sometimes with each other. It’s a luxe life, but someone’s got to live it . . . until they die.

While I am not typically a fan of the Gossip Girl series, I really want to read this book!  Tonight, my professor “strongly suggested” –translation: made–our Creative Nonfiction class attend Cecily von Ziegesar’s reading of some of her work.  An esteemed alumnus from my esteemed college, von Ziegesar started the night by reading a section from her recent release, Cum Laude, which everyone will be pleased to know is loosely based off my college.  Whoop, whoop! Represent.

Then after some funny anecdotes about her first book–a Western about dead daisies and some Gossip Girl TV news about her upcoming cameo appearance on the show–she brought out her most recent project: Psycho Killer.  Following the recent literary trend in books, the mash-ups (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Little Women and Werewolves, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter–you know the classics), von Ziegesar and her editor were sitting around talking about what they could do to spice up the Gossip series when she says, “What if they killed each other?”  And thus, this gem of YA fiction was born! And from the funny, clever, and violent excerpt that von Ziegesar read to us tonight: well I’ve gotta say Psycho Killer has the potential to be a diamond!

So what about you dearest friend, are you a fan of the Gossip Girl series? What do you think about the series’ entrance into the trendy world of mash-ups?  And let me know if you want more gossip from my Cecily von Ziegesar reading! Then look for Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer in bookstores this fall!

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April 12, 2011 at 9:40 pm 3 comments


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