Here is a news that will cheer Gossip Girl lovers and book lovers alike. The 2005 novel Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld is going to be turned into an HBO TV series. The show will feature a dream team of 30 Rock’s Colleen McGuinness and Game of Thrones’s Carolyn Strauss, making it essentially a trifecta of awesomeness.
The Prep about a midwestern girl who transfers to a fancy private school. Casting and other details of this upcoming show are yet to be announced.
Let’s what Prep has in store for us. While Gossip Girl took place in New York, the characters of Prep will attend school at Ault, which is a fictional independent school complete with a big campus and grandiose buildings.
The lead character Lee Fiora and narrator of the novel is quite relatable ash she is not perfect. What makes flawed characters so refreshing and real is that by making mistakes these characters gives us something to relate to. Like Serena van der Woodsen, Lee doesn’t always make the best choices, but those mistakes make her more real.
Aspeth Montgomery, will be new Blair Waldorf. Of course, no one could ever really replace Blair, but Aspeth is the next best thing. She is the queen bee of Ault — the most popular, most beautiful, and most terrifying girl in the school. Lee describes her as “the kind of girl about whom rock songs were written.”
Prep, which will span four years, begins with Lee as a freshman. The book follows her entire high school experience and culminates with her graduation. This definitely gives the series room to spread her four years of high school over several seasons. Remember, Gossip Girl started when most of the characters were 16 or 17.
Cross Sugarman (AKA Sug), the “big man on campus” at Ault, will be the next crush for girls. He’s a basketball player and an actor, but unlike the some of the other jocks, he’s soft-spoken and introspective. We find out quickly at the start of the novel that Aspeth has her eye on him (not surprising) but he’s more interested in Lee.
Named on of the top five works of fiction for 2005 by The New York Times, the adapted television drama will be written and produced by Colleen McGuinness, a former writer and producer on 30 Rock and Games of Thrones’ executive producer, Carolyn Strauss.