Question: On GOSSIP GIRL, Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) is caught in a love quadrangle with the mercurial Chuck Bass, the erudite Dan Humphery (Penn Badgley), and a French Prince. Which man will she choose?
I’m voting for Dan. The prince is a shiny MacGuffin to distract us. Chuck and Blair’s love story has lost its appeal for me. His duplicity last season may not deserve forgiveness and this “powerful woman” business is just boring.
The slow building friendship and attraction between Dan and Blair has revived my enthusiasm for the show. So, I’m rooting for them and I have a great case: Blair Waldorf’s favorite film BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S.
Fashion: Dan Humphery said it best, Blair Waldorf is an “evil dictator of taste” and cares about fashion more than most people. Her style is regal, flirty, and colorful. Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly made magic out of the little black dress. She uses simple pieces with elegant accents, jewels, and fabulous hats.
Writing: Dan was published in the New Yorker as a junior in high school. He’s dabbled in reporting and even play-writing (a collaboration with Blair actually). Paul Varjak (George Peppard) in TIFFANY’s put his passion for writing aside until he met Holly who sparked his imagination. Like Paul, Dan’s writing resurges as his friendship with Blair grows.
New York: Who wouldn’t want to fall in love in New York? Blair hails from the elite Upper East Side and loves to make sure Dan remembers he’s only from Brooklyn, but that doesn’t stop either of them from crossing the bridge to spend time together or exchange insults.
Like Dan and Blair, Holly and Paul’s attraction is based on similarities: Blair and Dan have intelligence, cultured interests, quick wit, reticence with relationships, and loyalty to friends in common. Over the other characters, they have the most in common and connect like Holly and Paul do in TIFFANY’S. Dan and Blair enjoy each other’s company, even if they are embarrassed to admit it. They have become confidants and are able to deliver incisive critiques because they have so much in common.
After they kiss, Holly hardens while Paul is confidently smitten: Maybe the Gossip Girl writers are following this plot because despite two kisses, Blair insists Dan is only a friend. Dan is clearly falling for her and struggling to hide it. In TIFFANY’S, our lovers eventually came together. Maybe the GOSSIP GIRL writers will remember BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S and give their fans something fresh, compelling and lovely. Stay tuned.