So you have Gossip Girl seasons one and two on DVD and no one likes the show more than you. But have you ever laid awake at night wondering, “How many husbands has Lily van der Woodsen had? What song do Blair and Chuck make out to in the back of the limo? Who designed the dress Serena wore in ‘Seventeen Candles’?” Sure you have.
Luckily, one Toronto blogger has taken it upon herself to write a comprehensive (and we mean comprehensive) guide to the series. Crissy Calhoun (heck, her name even sounds like a GG character) blogs at The Calhoun Tribune and is the first-time author of Spotted: Your One and Only Unofficial Guide to Gossip Girl (ECW Press). You’d have to be a hardcore fan to want to examine the show with this level of painstaking detail: from complete episode synopses to soundtrack information to goofs found in the series, this collection of delicious trivia functions as a veritable GG bible.
Calhoun hosted a launch party for her book last night at the Queen and Beaver Public House, in a smartly furnished, brick-walled space Dean Berube would probably approve of. The guests, decked out in their finest Blair-inspired duds (headbands everywhere) gorged on Jenny cupcakes (reminiscent of the Jenny cake from “The Blair Bitch Project”) and got comfy for a viewing of the season three premiere on a huge wall-mounted flatscreen. Following the show (which Calhoun was observed watching with rapt attention and a huge smile), the author led a round of advanced-level trivia (the contestants were stumped on the lyrics to a Lincoln Hawk song).
Calhoun told Torontoist via email that she’s never lived in New York, but can guess as to why the series is such a hit with Torontonians. “We like our pop culture with a bit of a bite and a sense of humour about itself. I think Being Erica—set in Toronto—works in some of the same ways as Gossip Girl. It’s funny and smart and light, it looks great, but really tugs at those heartstrings. [It] may also have something to do with what Stephanie Savage brings to Gossip Girl. She’s one of the show’s creators and is Canadian. From Calgary originally, she studied cinema at U of T. I picture her sitting in Innis Town Hall dreaming up future plot twists.”
All photos by Joel Charlebois/Torontoist.