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    Updated on Apr 24, 2020. Posted on Apr 20, 2020

    19 Differences Between The "Gossip Girl" Books And Show That Have Me Gobsmacked

    Blair and...Eric?!

    Before Gossip Girl was a CW show starring Leighton Meester and Blake Lively, it was a YA book series! There are some pretty wild differences between the books and the TV show. Here are 19 of the biggest differences:

    🚨 Spoilers ahead! 🚨

    1. First of all, Blair and Chuck's iconic relationship never happens in the books.

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    In fact, Chuck isn't even a main character at all in the novels! He's primarily a minor character/antagonist that everyone just kind of puts up with. He and Nate aren't best friends like they are on the show.

    2. Blair's main love interest in the books is Nate, and the love triangle between Blair, Serena, and Nate is way more intense.

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    In the books, both Blair and Serena lose their virginities to Nate. On the TV show, Blair loses her virginity to Chuck, and Serena has already slept with other guys before the pilot.

    3. On the show, Serena left for boarding school because she thought she was responsible for Pete's death since she did cocaine with him. In the books, she left purely because she hooked up with Nate.

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    4. Eleanor and Cyrus have a baby in the books, but not on the show.

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    Blair names her Yael after Yale University (yes, really). Blair also has a brother Tyler and step-brother Aaron in the books, as well as adopted siblings on her dad's side. On the show, she's an only child.

    5. In the books, Eric is older than Serena. He's also not gay like he is on the show.

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    6. Dan dates his male coworker Greg in the books.

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    Dan's sexual orientation isn't explicitly confirmed in the books, but he does date both men and women. Chuck is also strongly hinted to be LGBTQ in the books.

    7. Nate is a total stoner in the books.

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    He even went to rehab in the books.

    8. In the show, Lily and Rufus are high school sweethearts and secretly had a son together. They don't have any sort of relationship in the books.

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    Sorry, Lily and Rufus fans, but there was no wedding in the books!

    9. Vanessa has a shaved head in the books.

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    Her style is described as punk rock and goth. TBH, I could have gotten behind that look.

    10. Similar to Blair and Chuck's romance, Dan and Serena's relationship isn't nearly as significant in the books as it is on the show.

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    Dan still has a huge crush on Serena in the books, but they barely even date. Their relationship is briefly explored, but Dan's main romantic interest in the books is arguably Vanessa.

    11. Jenny idolizes Serena in the books. On the show, she idolizes Blair.

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    12. Blair and Eric have a fling in the books.

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    This one is just bizarre to think about!

    13. Nate and Vanessa never date in the books.

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    14. You know who Nate DID date in the books, though? Georgina Sparks.

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    In the books, Nate and Georgina meet in rehab and start a relationship. Yes, you read that right.

    15. Chuck has a pet monkey named Sweetie in the books.

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    Now THAT'S something I would have loved to see!

    16. In the show, Serena returns from boarding school because of Eric. In the books, she gets kicked out of school for partying too much.

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    17. Vanessa and Blair are roommates in the books.

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    Yup, these two are actually friends in the books! Weird, right?

    18. On the show, Jenny loses her virginity to Chuck. In the books, her first time is with Nate.

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    Look, I don't even ship Jenny and Nate, but this would have been a THOUSAND times better than what happened on the show.

    19. And finally, Gossip Girl's identity is never revealed in the books.

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    We don't talk about Dan being Gossip Girl on the show!!!

    Which of these differences surprised you the most? Do you think some of these book storylines should have been included in the show? Let us know in the comments!

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