Greetings from Peru. I’m beyond excited today, since my class had the opportunity to practice our English speaking with a native British man from Yorkshire, we were able to ask him many questions about his visit to our country, his musical knowledge and his life back home. He didn’t speak Spanish so that kinda forced us to try harder to improve our pronunciation. Of course, I missed some slang terms and the name of specific towns or regions, but overall it was fantastic. But I’m not here to talk about my day (sort of), I’m writing so you’ll understand why I chose today’s characters; I skipped a rule and selected two main characters to compare to other two main characters. I refer to Serena Vanderwoodsen and Blair Waldorf from the Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar, as well as Reed Brennan and Noelle Lange from the Private series by Kate Brian.
Exhibit A. Material Girls.
There’s no question when it comes to this couple of Upper East Siders that they are indeed the number one fans of expensive designers, jewellery and beauty in the most misogynist sense of the word. Serena likes to have fun while drinking a couple fancy drinks in a fancy sort of bar, she adores fashion and defines it with every choice she makes. She’s beyond beautiful, she knows it and only sees the superficial aspect of everything; people are more than right when it comes to the assumption of who she truly is. Nothing more than a perfect façade with an air filled bubble head, no moral compass. While with Blair, the situation is a bit different she’s the typical daddy’s girl who follows all Audrey Hepburn has done but most of all her style and she makes it her own. She wants the best looking for herself, many times made to be selfish and distrustful; she’s a control freak that only thinks of herself and her utter happiness filled with materialistic fantasies despite her obvious intelligence amd loyalty towards friendship and love, and all of that comes after the worst heartbreak of her life. She becomes this empty porcelain doll.
Since day one, Reed was desperate to get the exclusive life she always desired cuz let’s face it, that’s the real reason wanted to get admitted in that posh school. So the moment she saw her shot, she fell in love with it: the hot rich boyfriend, the cold-blooded but popular clique of friends, the power of her new status, the given new clothes and accessories, the spa days, the trips to aphrodisiac islands, the million dollar contacts and all she never could have dreamt of acquiring. She played innocent well until she saw how down under she truly had fallen into. On the other hand, there’s Noelle who herlsef was born that way with a spoiled personality of a wicked queen getting all she asks for and without any effort, She’s clever to be mean and cruel besides being the resident puppeteer of every girl and guy at school.
Exhibit B. Worst Friend Forever.
Serena and Blair were once one of the best friends ever, almost related. They were loyal having fun and comforting the other if she was sad, they help each other and nobody could ever break their bond. Of course, that is part of the past since Serena lost her virginity with Blair’s boyfriend crossing a line that no matter how much Blair forgave her, it wound never be the same. She tried to do what she does with other stuff, controlling it with a smile and loosing her senses. But this never worked with Blair who still blames her for abandoning her when she needed her the most (her parents divorce) with no reason, for no valuing their friendship.
With Reed and Noelle was a bit more different, Noelle always felt threatened by Reed’s potential and she was right. Once the older one was out of school (expelled for crazy behavior), this newbie started seeing her ex in a fresh different way, though she had a boyfriend the moment. Until hell explotes in their faces when she socially kills her, and Reed goes back being the nobody, everybody made fun of. There’s where you realise there was no true friendship but a need to control and be controlled by the other, most didn’t even noticed this screwed up situation when Noelle and the rest of the Billing girls framed her new boyfriend for the previous’murder, but I did notice their unstable relationship was an obsession of power and control.
Exhibit C. Sisters.
No matter what happens to S & B, they overcame their issues and fixed each other’s heart, through the pain of being neglected, or dumped, or not knowing who you truly are, or the fear of loosing your future. They became once again the dramatic and fashionable two go two clique they always had been; drawn to their popularity like moths to the flames. Talking more mature stuff and catching up in everything they missed more about the other. Playing with little camaraderie jokes and reckless desires. (Remember, I’m only in book three so don’t be mean).
With Reed and Noelle, it was different because they sort of (secretly) hated each other for the entire premise until they both discover they are half siblings thanks to their biological father upbeat affair and the magical way their grandmother sold the whole thing. So, against a new deadly thread, they must work together for their own welfare and sanity, and because of their odd and still controlling friendship that Reed somehow wants to keep no matter what. It’s not about the luxurious gifts or the exclusive world anymore, but other strange reason that until this day I remain ignorant of.
There’s no question about why this girls a dreadfully gorgeous and frightening empresses ruling the sad world of the living. They are winners but when it comes to true wickedness, there’s only room for Noelle and her no feelings policy.
Yeah, your saw right. There will be two practical but meaningful songs for the amount of girls being compared. I’m talking about *You don’t Own me by Grace ft. G-Easy* and *This is What Makes us Girls by Lana del Rey*.
I don’t tell you what to say
I don’t tell you what to do
So just let me be myself
That’s all I ask of you
I’m young and I love to be young
And I’m free and I love to be free
To live my life the way I want
To say and do whatever I please
This is what makes us girls
We don’t look for heaven and we put our love first
Somethin’ that we’d die for it’s a curse
Don’t cry about it, don’t cry about it
This is what makes us girls
We don’t stick together ’cause we put our love first
Don’t cry about him, don’t cry about him
It’s all gonna happen