Cecily von Ziegesar’s tales of the precocious and footloose students at a tony New York City private school captured the interest not only of teen readers but of television executives.
The best-selling Gossip Girl books created by von Ziegesar ’92 became the Gossip Girl TV series—produced by the same people who created the California melodrama The O.C.
Von Ziegesar is no longer doing Gossip Girl books, nor was she involved in the adaptation of her books to TV. She has traded fictional teenagers for real-life motherhood and other projects.
“I thought it was going to be the sort of Disney version of the books, really toned down and corny,” she told The New York Times. “A while back, there was a script circulating, and the boys were playing polo in Central Park. And I was horrified, because that doesn’t happen. It was such a stereotype.”