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Gossip Girl Author Wishes ‘Vanessa Was Like She Is In The Books’

The original Gossip Girl, author Cecily von Ziegesar, thinks the CW’s interpretation of her teen books are “great,” but has one criticism: the character of Vanessa played by the wonderful Jessica Szohr.

“I think Vanessa is one character they ruined,” von Ziegesar tells “In the book, she’s kick-ass and has a shaved head and wears lots of black … and I think a lot of the readers who don’t usually read teen fiction indentify with Vanessa. Even though I don’t like Vanessa’s character, it’s nothing against [actress] Jessica [Szohr]. I just wish Vanessa was like she is in the books a bit more.”

While von Ziegesar disapproves of Szohr’s casting, she’s in love with the other bevy of beauties: “Leighton Meester is totally perfect for Blair, and Blake [Lively] is perfect for Serena. I was more worried they would insert Barbie-doll-looking people, which they didn’t. I think the actors do a brilliant job.”

But Blindie does agree with the author on one thing: the yummy Ed Westwick. “Chuck is my favorite character,” she says, “and the way he looks and acts is in keeping with how he is in the beginning of the series.”

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