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11 January 2012 @ 10:43 pm
Trying to make sense of it all.  

I've learned a long time ago that Gossip Girl isn't going to make any narrative sense until it's over. I feel like they have this general plan and are slowly getting there. Blair's label is weakling, and in my opinion and something she has canon-admitted she is weakest with Chuck. Her main story seems to be revolved around what makes her happy.  We know her happiness is tied with Dan (4x17-It's canon), while her unhappiness is tied to Chuck (4-22, that's canon too). I don't get how any narrative sense can be made with a Chuck/Blair endgame. I know people like to be all CB are endgame, there is no other way, but I'm looking at it from what canon has told me and all canon has ever told us is yes, CB love each other, there is no denying that, but they don't and will not ever work together.

I just think that they are prolonging DB because they know they have to destroy them if they place them together in season 5, but Dan/Blair's happiness is tied with each other. Other than Blair/Serena being alone and choosing each other, DB seems to be the only endgame narrative that makes sense with storyline. While Chuck's storyline seems to be accepting the consequences he has made and learning to live with them, that includes losing Blair. 

One of the biggest things this season was role reversal. I wonder if the finale is going to be role reversal between Dan/Blair. Everyone assumes Dan is going to tell Blair he loves her. I always wondered if the point of 5x01 was that Blair wasn't ready to hear I love you from Dan, while Dan was becoming aware of his feelings. I wonder if in the finale Blair is going to become aware of her feelings, while Dan isn't going to be ready to hear it probably because he is banging Serena or something, creating a clear role reversal and extending their story to season 6.

Yes, it's long. Yes, it's annoying that they haven't dared to dair yet. But in a way they are daring to dair. They could of dropped the storyline. They could of had Dan's love be an infatuation, but no they are continuously showing Dan's perspective as Blair being someone he truly loves. The second half of the season may focus on Blair/Dan friendship and proving that they are their best selves together. But I'm starting to think that the reason they haven't trended on romantic waters is because it makes no sense to solve their labels this season if their is a season 6. What would be the story lines for next year? 

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bεiηg a pεrsoη is gεttiηg too complicatεd。: Blair | neon blaulesoleilluna on January 12th, 2012 12:07 pm (UTC)
That's a really nice spec. I swear, on every other show, I would be convinced that it's true. Storyline wise it's definitely the thing that makes the most sense.

They spent more than three season telling us, that Chuck can't and won't make Blair happy, and that Dan does it without really trying. So I'm sure they'll do something with that.
Yvette: dair3x05fickleheart on January 12th, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't get why everyone is so convinced that they are giving Chair this great romantic story. Nothing about GG reads to me a reformed UES schemers as being a dramatic story that leads to endgame. LOL.

I think they are taking the DB storyline slow because it's the only thing that makes sense for Blair's storyline now that they have established in canon that he makes her happy. It's just all about the journey of getting there. They are using Chuck over and over to establish Blair's weak label and I think they are using Blair's EOTA to be her darkest before the dawn thing they seem to be doing with their labels. Chuck's was 4x20. Dan's was in 5x04. I think Serena's is going to be in 5x13 or later. Nate's class whore one I think is going to hinder him in a relationship. We have this new girl coming, she seems like a hometown girl who won't be okay with Nate sleeping with all these women, maybe that might help with his label too.
bεiηg a pεrsoη is gεttiηg too complicatεd。: Blair | blau/cremelesoleilluna on January 12th, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
Blair's EOTA to be her darkest before the dawn thing they seem to be doing with their labels.

I really hope this turns out to be true, I'm afraid that they'll just gloss over the accident/miscarriage, without it having a real impact on Blair's character arc, and that would suck so bad.

I feel like Blair's label was the only label really addressed in S4, and I'm not really seeing it being on her mind like it was last year (in her actions, yes, but she is not self-aware to realize it yet).
While Serena and Dan's are addressed more direct/obviously now.

I think the writers regret giving Nate the "man-whore" label as a joke, because his character arc seems to be about him accomplishing something without his family and being a "whole" person.
Yvette: Blair reading insidefickleheart on January 12th, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
Well I think she is extremely self aware of her label in 4x20 when discussing Serena. The problem is she truly believes she can never change it. I don't think she would of cheated with Chuck if Louis had never made those victim blaming comments in 4x21. He reminded/blamed her of her darkness, when she was happy with him, reminding her that only Chuck can love her for who she is. She wants to be with Chuck because she can trust he won't leave her, but he doesn't make her happy because she doesn't like the weak person she is with him. The fact is this is all canon, it's not even fanwank, it's in the dialogue, which is why I think it's impossible for CB to be endgame unless they retcon everything.

Serena/Dan's label is in our face. I think Serena's insecurities with being irrelevant is tied to Dan now. While Blair's happiness is tied to Dan. That is where the true triangle is going to be.

Well, that could be his label. He was nothing but a man-whore, he got this job and made this life change in his life by being a man-whore. All his decisions have been strongly influenced by his family and his women in his life. He needs to start doing things for himself.
bεiηg a pεrsoη is gεttiηg too complicatεd。: Blair | neon blaulesoleilluna on January 12th, 2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
Exactly, Blair was the only one really dealing with her label as a major storyline during season 4, that's why I think it's weird that it's so subtle this season.

I completely agree, there is no way the writers can give Chuck and Blair a "happily ever after", without refuting everything they've shown us about them so far and completely disregarding all of Blair's issues/insecurities.

(I'm actually in the middle of writing some Blair meta, focusing on her S4 and S5 actions, because some of the fandom's victim blaming is really bothering me, but the whole thing is just so disgusting on and off screen, that I'm not sure I'll finish.)
Yvette: BlairlookingdownPIPfickleheart on January 12th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
It's not hard for me to see victim behavior in Blair's narrative placed in there by Chuck's manipulative behavior since I've worked with 300+ domestic victims.

I think the blame from fandom is because they just want her to realize how bad Chuck is for her. I think one of the major issues is that it was made clear in 4x20-4x22 that Blair is self-aware that Chuck is bad for her but she keeps going back. So people don't understand why she keeps going back, but I've seen that happen a lot of time in my work so I'm used to it and understand it. I can only hope her storyline ends with walking away from him for good.

Edited at 2012-01-12 08:47 pm (UTC)
bεiηg a pεrsoη is gεttiηg too complicatεd。: Blair | neon blaulesoleilluna on January 12th, 2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, IA.
I think the way CB are portrayed is actually pretty realistic, what's really unsettling is Safran and Savages' way of romanticizing the whole relationship.
Telling fans, that "Chuck is just a kissing-bandit" and "it's not abuse, when it's the two of them" and so on.
In those moments, I really don't know, if they don't get what they're writing, or if they just don't care what impressions they give to teenage girls, who really believe them.
Yvettefickleheart on January 12th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I have to think they aren't that stupid and are just pandering to fanbases.
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Yvettefickleheart on January 12th, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
The only excuse for DB to be going this slow is endgame. LOL. No other thing makes sense. They know they have a great story. Media loves it and they are slowly building it up to keep it.

I have the exact same thoughts about waiting until season 6 is over to decide if I should rewatch everything.
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Yvette: Dairhugfickleheart on January 12th, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC)

I'm hoping the writers makes sense too and this is the reason for the slow burn. I hope they aren't thinking the biggest OMFG moment is to build up this great arc and then everyone ends up miserable.

But not even the actors can't make sense of it. Oh Ed's interview.
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Yvette: Dair1x18-2fickleheart on January 12th, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
Anon doesn't want to wait for DB but they also don't want it to be forced. It's so confusing.