Netflix's 'You' Is Just 'Gossip Girl' But With More Murder And Here's Why

Netflix's 'You' Is Just 'Gossip Girl' But With More Murder And Here's Why

They both essentially stalk people in NYC


"You" seems to be the newest and most popular Netflix series of 2019 and it is definitely a very weird and unique show, to say the least. This series was released originally on Lifetime September 9, 2018, and on Netflix, December 26, 2018, and was adapted from the eponymous 2014 novel by Caroline Kepnes. "You" is an American Psychological Thriller television and Netflix series that follows Joe Goldberg, a New York bookstore manager who falls in love with a customer named Guinevere Beck "Beck" and quickly becomes obsessed with her.

*"You" and "Gossip Girl" spoilers ahead!*

"You" explores the blurred lines between love and obsession, and hero and villain. In the process, it looks at the potential lengths to which the idea of "love conquers all", is really applicable. It explores the dangers of social media culture with an emphasis on a lack of digital privacy.

"Gossip Girl" follows New York Cities elite teens through on the journey through their scandalous lives of love, drugs, obsession and of course social media. "Gossip Girl" is an online blogger that receives information and stalks the elite teens in an effort to expose them to the world. This show explores the dangers of social media culture as well as the premature usage of drugs and alcohol.

If not already known, the main character Joe Goldberg is played by that of Penn Badgley whom also played a semi-similar character to Joe on The CW called "Gossip Girl" which has also made its way to Netflix since it finalized airing. "Gossip Girl" is set in NYC as well, Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) essentially gets tips from others about his friends "New York Cities Elite" as well as stalks them for information to add to an online blog. Dan was a rather intelligent individual that would stop at nothing to get what he wanted even if that ended up hurting his family and friends in the long run.

This is similar to Joe who is seemingly very intelligent and clearly, he will not stop until he gets what he wants which he seems to rationalize as helping Beck out by riding her of these people. During the series, Joe has to stop anyone who is an issue in Beck's life which means he ends up killing Beck's former wealthy asshat douche bag toxic boyfriend Benjamin "Benji" Ashby Jr. III. Along with Benji, Joe also kills Beck's also very wealthy best friend Peach Salinger in an act of "self-defense" but we all know this was going to happen regardless.

"Gossip Girl," a blogger often writing and speaking about the people they essentially stalk in NYC. Joe Goldberg, a bookstore manager often thinking and speaking about Beck whom he stalks in NYC. Though Dan Humphrey was never a killer he was aware of many murders that occurred throughout the series and was an accomplice to some as well, that's not to say he is a good dude compared to Joe but Joe is basically just Dan on crack.

Now let's get back to the stalking.

Dan Humphrey was a lonely young adult seeking friendship and reassurance in his long term relationship with Serena Van der Woodsen but before he was part of the in-crowd he was a very shy individual that confided in his alter ego as "Gossip Girl." "Gossip Girl "(aka Dan Humphrey) would get emails from students and those within NYC about his friends and the other elite, but his real content was from essentially being a stalker to his own friends.. especially Serena. He wanted to be in and liked so badly that he always wrote about New York's elite teens and their whereabouts and essentially stalked them while befriending them.

This is very similar to Joe Goldberg, needing validation and love from Beck but to even become her boyfriend he had to stalk her first. He would go to her home which he found on social media and steal things of hers like her underwear and her old phone, stalk her at work and wrote in a journal about anything and everything he learned about her. Soon he became her boyfriend and things spiraled downhill fast, he was very keen on knowing every little thing about her and what was going on in her life.

Dan, though a seemingly sweet and innocent teenager, is also seen as a not so good stalker that was just along for the ride of the NYC elite group with some accomplice killings. Joe Goldberg, however, is seen as an awkward harmless adult but also as a killer and a psycho just trying to find love. Neither character is good, and neither show is bad but in retrospect, "Gossip Girl" is definitely just a cleaner, more fun and less creepy version of "You."

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Stacey Abrams Delivered A Proper SOTU Speech

Abrams delivered the better of the two speeches given the night of the State of the Union.


After watching the State of the Union on Tuesday, February 5th, I was left feeling the polar opposite of unified. Compared to other SOTU addresses, Donald Trump's address was especially weak. His speech, while not prepared by him, lacked emotion and sincerity which left me in a constant state of eye-roll.

One statement, in particular, caught my ear, "So to every citizen watching at home tonight — no matter where you have been, or where you come from, this is your time. If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything." While this may seem great on the surface, this doesn't mean much to me at all. Today, this statement appeals to a select proportion of Americans: those who aren't immigrants and those who aren't members of the minority.

Following this statement, Trump discusses all of the exaggerated achievements his administration has brought for Americans in a very unorganized manner, jumping from bullet point to bullet point. To me, the State of the Union is meant to be an appeal to the emotions of Americans to unify rather than polarize. What Trump did was unify the right while leaving the other part of America in complete dark.

However, following the State of the Union address came a response by Stacey Abrams, a prominent Democrat in U.S. politics right now. Abrams immediately begins by telling a story to appeal to the heart of America. She tells a story that does not appeal primarily to affluent members of society, but to the average American. She discusses the family values, regardless of party affiliation, that all members of American society can relate to, "faith, service, education, and responsibility."

She doesn't shy away from the actual issues facing Americans. She discusses the government shutdown, the price of higher education, school safety, and economic security. She doesn't pomp up any of her own achievements, but rather discusses the concerns of Americans and gives a genuine call for unity in times of immense polarization. She speaks for the rest of America rather than a select few.

She says, "In this time of division and crisis, we must come together and stand for, and with, one another. America has stumbled time and again on its quest towards justice and equality; but with each generation, we have revisited our fundamental truths, and where we falter, we make amends."

Abrams doesn't want the President to fail, and none of us do. But we need accountability and action. There is absolutely no reason why every claim by our President needs to be fact-checked and disputed, but this is what he has demanded for himself through consistent misleading actions.

To me, Stacey Abrams' response was significantly more powerful than the dry speech delivered by President Donald Trump. She addressed the true concerns of many Americans and appealed to them, to us, with understanding, compassion, and truth.

Please run for president, @StaceyAbrams.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Wild Flower

A wild flower bloomed. Growing in all the places you never expected. I surprise you and bring beauty to the ugliest places.


Wild Flower

Wild Flower I wish there was a book, a way to teach me to fall out of love with you. To help me erase the toxic memories and my extreme crys. How do I not run back, I lack the urge to forget us, you.

Plans gone to Disintegrate the same as what was you and me. Going through pictures of good times we weren't picture perfect, we weren't worth the picture still.

I deserved so much better but I was unable to see the deep sea of sorrow and pain and lies and let me not forget the excuses and repetitive I'm sorries and constant pathetic excuses you drowned me in. You were my anchor and so was your baggage. I carried it all, you carelessly took it for granted.

I fell into my own personal sunken place. You cast a spell I was unable to fall from, I have seen you. I see you for who you are and I was mute at the time. You swept me off my feet and I fell on my face.

How pitiful of both of us. Shame on us for this waste of time. Lessons learned but bridges burned. This path we can't cross. This book we have to keep closed.

Hurt people, hurt people. At least that's what they say, I'm hurt past words description something so deep that self-love, optimism, and positivity can't fix. I hurt me, allowing this negative energy.

You never loved me for more than my curves and island of intimacy initially, in denial of the damaging denting you did to me. You left me in a darkness, much more than the sunken place. I was sinking though, I fell and became lost in the deception.

Deep in optimism that this was all just a phase, I waited and waited, hoping that glimmer would return to your eyes only in return did I see stale stares and the stars never aligned in our favor. I'm a galaxy but to you, I was only the moon.

Dark and ever changing through stages. I'm stuck as I see myself slowly drift, fading away. Man on the moon, alone and afraid. Exploring this new atmosphere, floating through space. Just existing missing the steady ground.

Why did you drag me through the dirt, even though that was the best gift you gave me. I never realized but I wasn't buried from your decisions but only planted. You planted the seed to the new me. Finally, I sprouted my roots and grounded myself.

I submerged from the ground, a wildflower bloomed. Growing in all the places you never expected. I surprise you and bring beauty to the ugliest places. My bright color pops a bright yellow on a black canvas.

I'm so strong no winds can sway me. Like a tree, I stand strong with beautiful tough skin. My layers show wisdom, years of experience.

I never let you define me, I made my own definition. A beauty who's a beast, both yin and yang. She is everything you ever wanted to be.


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