When I was a teen, I loved to watch Gossip Girl. It was must-see TV, and I made sure never to miss an episode do that I was able to discuss what happened with my friends. Gossip Girl was so big that I even caught my Mom watching a rerun.
Lately, I’ve been wondering when the next iconic teen drama will come out? When I think about it, there doesn’t seem to be an on-screen successor to Gossip Girl. Some might argue that Pretty Little Liars was, and while it was popular, it wasn’t quite the cultural phenomenon Gossip Girl was.
As a twenty-something, my frame of reference only goes back to the 90s from Beverly Hills to 90210 to The O.C., and then to Gossip Girl. There’s some overlap because when one Supreme dies a new one rises in her place. Although all of these series were about messy rich kids and their drama, I found that I could relate to them. I related to the ups and downs of growing up and trying to figure out where I fit in the world. Since most of these series’ came in such a rapid succession after one another, I am dying for my next fix.
With Netflix picking up so many books to turn into movies and TVshows, I started thinking. Both Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars started as books, so I decided to see if I could find a series that could be the next iconic teen show. Here’s some that I thought would make perfect additions.
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
In Gossip Girl, you never really see them do schoolwork, but in Tiny Pretty Things school is everything to these girls. Gigi, Bette, and June attend a prestigious ballet school, where they have seen their fair share of drama. Every dancer is both friend and foe, and the girls will have to backstab and manipulate to land the coveted lead role. Plus, the book features diverse characters, something we didn’t see in Gossip Girl.
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
If you watched Gossip Girl for Serena and Blair and their high-stakes schemes, then you’ll enjoy Burn for Burn. In the first installment of the trilogy, three girls, Kat, Lillia, and Mary team up to enact revenge on everyone who wronged them. Kat is fed up of being bullied by her former best friend. Lillia, the protective older sister, finds out one of her guy friends is secretly hooking up with her little sister behind her back, and she’s going to put an end to that. Haunted by a traumatic event and the boy who’s responsible, Mary wants to make him pay. None of the girls can act alone without being suspected, but if they work together, they can make anything happen.
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
One of Us is Lying is the perfect mashup of The Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars. It’s a fast-paced book about a group of teens (the brain, beauty, criminal, athlete, and outcast) who wind up in detention together, but one of them ends up dead. This book will have you on the edge of your seat as you try to figure out which one of them is lying. Just like on Gossip Girl, you’ll see how far someone is willing to go to protect their secrets.
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
The Thousandth Floor is Gossip Girl with a sci-fi twist, and some are calling it a futuristic Gossip Girl. Set in the 22nd century, where everyone in New York City lives in one enormous skyscraper. And having that many people in one place, with some many different beliefs and personalities, can lead to a lot of drama. The first installment of the trilogy follows five teens; there are the haves and the have-nots. Some of the haves live on the higher floors while the have-nots live on lower levels. One of the major underlying themes is class division and privilege, something Gossip Girl never actually touched upon during its run.