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Popular name in Gossip Girl Is Serena VAn Der Woodsen as main role in the same novel written by person who wrote the O.C’s

Serena Caroline van der Woodsen is a character from the book series Gossip Girl and the television adaptation of the same name. Serena is described as a beautiful, polite, and popular girl who is featured prominently on the blog of the mysterious Gossip Girl. Originally intended as the series protagonist, she was later supplanted in this role by Blair Waldorf,[1] her friend and occasional competitor. The television character is portrayed by Blake Lively.

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Book series background

Serena is described as a statuesque, stunning, ethereal beauty; having pale, long blond hair and enchanting navy blue eyes. People often characterize Serena as the perfect girl, her radiant beauty often outshining every one else. Many of the girls at Constance Billard accuse her of giving sexual favors, or her perfect beauty as the reason why everything seems to go her way, but her easy grace with strangers, charm, and likability are often the reasons why she gets what she wants. She is extremely smart, but is often told that she is not working to her full potential. She was the ‘It girl’ of Constance Billard School for Girls and the talk of Manhattan, which made her a constant fodder to the rumor mill. Her father runs the same Dutch shipping firm his great-great-grandfather created in the 1700s and her mother, Lillian van der Woodsen, is a socialite. Her parents are on the boards of all major charities and art organizations in the city and live at luxurious 994 Fifth Avenue, a ritzy, white-gloved-doorman building directly across the street from the Met and Central Park, the van der Woodsens own half the top floor, and live in a fourteen room penthouse. Serena’s older sibling Erik, whom she is close to, is a student at Brown University. Her birthday is on 14 July, also known as Bastille Day.

[edit] Overview

The story starts out with Serena van der Woodsen a student at Hanover Academy in Hanover, New Hampshire, where she partied a lot and broke many rules. It is explained that she previously lived in Manhattan with her wealthy family and was the It Girl at the exclusive Constance Billard School for Girls. She was close friends with Nate Archibald, and best friends with Blair Waldorf, with whom she shared many experiences, including urinating on classmates’ stoops, partying in the Bass Suite at the Tribeca Star Hotel, and leaving Blair’s sibling, Tyler, in the Lower East Side, making him walk home to the Upper East Side.

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Serena returns to New York City, arriving at the Waldorf Penthouse on Fifth Avenue, interrupting Blair and Nate’s passionate scene. Serena then becomes the target of Blair’s disgust, which turns Serena into a social outcast, starting or keeping rumors of Serena going, including her having a baby that’s in a fancy French convent school, making marks above the bed for every time Serena did a boy at Hanover, and selling her own drugs with S stamped on them.

But Serena always seemed to shine brighter then Blair; for example, Blair and Serena tried out for the role in Breakfast at Fred’s, but Serena got the part. Serena also got into all the colleges that turned Blair down (including Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Wesleyan, Vassar, and Yale, Blair’s dream school), even though Blair was an excellent academic student and participated in many extracurricular activities and charity events, while Serena was a below-average student and had only participated in the Film/Drama club.

Serena and Upper West Sider Dan Humphrey dated throughout the first and second novels, but Serena’s taste for wealthy men and Dan’s growing crush on outcast Vanessa Abrams proved too much. Serena then moved on to Blair’s rich stepbrother Aaron Rose and Dan and Vanessa would go on to be an on/off couple.

At the end of the series, Serena turns down college to be a full time actress and Blair goes off to Yale, her dream school. Nate, not wanting to chose between the two girls who finally made up for good, opted out of college to sail across the world with a family friend, Captain Chips White.

[edit] TV series background

Serena “S” van der Woodsen was born to Lillian van der Woodsen, a heiress socialite and currently divorced. Lillian was a former groupie to Rufus Humphrey, father of Dan Humphrey and Jenny Humphrey. Rufus described Serena’s father as a billionaire. Like in the book series, Serena ruled the Upper East Side while her best friend, Blair Waldorf, was also pretty but less appealing than the gorgeous ‘It girl’. However, Serena left suddenly for boarding school, making Blair the “queen bee” of the social scene for a while. Serena has been friends with Nate Archibald and Blair Waldorf ever since childhood and share a long history.

Later in the pilot, it is revealed that a drunken Serena had betrayed Blair (also known as “B”) and slept with Nate, Blair’s confused boyfriend, at a wedding right before she (Serena) left to go to a boarding school in Connecticut.

Serena and her family currently reside at The New York Palace Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. She has a younger sibling named Eric, who later reveals himself as gay much to the chagrin of his family. Her parents went to Harvard University and Brown University.

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~ by dhini puspitasari on December 16, 2008.

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