Von Ziegasar Goes ‘Psycho’ Cindy Eagan, at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, bought North American rights to a reimagining of Gossip Girl by the series creator, Cecily von Ziegasar. Sara Shandler at Alloy Entertainment brokered the deal, and the book, Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer, will riff on the original title that launched the popular YA line about a group of wealthy Upper East Side teenagers who attend a posh Manhattan private school. The book, which will be a mashup in the style of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, is, as a rep at LBYR put it, “a serial killer version of the original Gossip Girl novel… or, put another way, ‘Gossip Girl: Slasher Edition.’ ” In Psycho Killer Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen—the two central characters of the series—become the “most fabulous, trendsetting serial killers” around. The title, which will be released under LBYR’s Poppy imprint, is scheduled for October 2011.
So it’s basically AMERICAN PSYCHO recast with GOSSIP GIRL characters? It sounds entertaining but also… lazy?
Is this really, seriously for real? I don’t even know how to feel about this, because part of me might be interested in reading this (please, PLEASE kill Dan and Vanessa off first!) and the other part thinks it’s ridiculous to redo an established series just to cash in on a trend. Oh, but if this reboot still features Nate pingponging between Serena and Blair, unable to decide who his one true love is, then I’LL become a serial killer.
“To have that sense of one’s intrinsic worth which constitutes self-respect is potentially to have everything: the ability to discriminate, to love and to remain indifferent. To lack it is to be locked within oneself, paradoxically incapable of either love or indifference.”—Joan Didion
Given the time period, I would have really liked them to play the O.C. theme song during this scene. But then again, it would have been harder for Joe Mazzello to do that chair dance to “CALIFORRRRRRRRNIA, HERE WE COMEEEEEEEE.”