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Nostalgic for those traumatic high school years when the cool kids ruled the school, nerds could expect to see the inside of a locker with some regularity, and the head of the basketball team could only be seen with the captain of the cheerleaders on his arm? Apparently, for many Americans in the 20- and 30- something demographic, the answer is yes. And now, with the addition of endless supplies of money and free time, combined with hands-off parents, the hit teen soap Gossip Girl has struck a chord with adolescents and adults alike. The New York backdrop of the popular drama adds a sufficiently high-stakes element that your old high school probably did not have. The hallways of your alma mater, be it in a small town nestled somewhere in the Midwest, or a sleepy beach community in Virginia, look tame in comparison, no matter how many times the math club members had their lunch money stolen or the means girls made up excuses to get out of gym class. On Gossip Girl, daily drama could consist of anything from hazing a new teacher to having a socialite friend extort hundreds of thousands of dollars in investments from school parents. Serena, Blair, Vanessa, Chuck, Dan, and Nate all consider this a part of a normal (albeit eventful!) day's work. New couplings, skeletons in the closet, and unlikely intrigues surface weekly in the lives of our favorite television cast. For most 16-year olds, arriving at school in style means a daily carpool in a friend's Jeep; for the Gossip Girls and company, anything less than a limo with a private chauffeur would mean an instant social demise. But it isn't just the latest antics of Blair, Serena, and their beaux du jour that has America hooked; many tune in just for the utter fabulousness of the cutting-edge couture clothing bedecking the enviable physiques of our heros and heroines. The latest in TV technology, high definition televisions perfectly illuminate the high fashion and flawless hair and makeup of all the characters we love to hate. HD broadcasts the glossy highlights of Serena's angelic blonde locks or Blair's elegant braided headbands in such a way that you could imagine yourself really therestanding on the stone patio of Constance Billard as the cliques form and the Queen Bees make their way into class, posses in tow. Even if, like most Americans, you cannot afford the latest Marc Jacobs footwear or bejeweled Me and Ro necklaces, you can certainly afford to experience them vicariously in high definition. High quality television instantly transports you to the hallways of the most expensive prep schools in Manhattan, or the priciest department stores and most exclusive clubs. As the characters prepare themselves for a whole new level of dramacollege life-- prepare yourself for your weekly dose of gossip by inviting your closest girlfriends over, curling up on the couch with a bowl of your favorite ice cream, and settling in for an hour of delicious devilishness in high definition.
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