You Is A Very Dark Version Of Gossip Girl & Here's The Proof

When sexy teen drama Gossip Girl exploded onto The CW in 2007, the world was ready for it. Here was a show that had everything a soap-loving audience could want: Beautiful people! Incredible clothes! Teen angst and oodles of melodrama! Yet, at the heart of the series, was a love story — the one between Upper East Side princess Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) and Brooklyn's very own "Lonely Boy" Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley).

Most Gossip Girl fans rooted for this uptown/downtown love story, over the course of six dramatic, will-they-won't-they-stay-together seasons. Then, in the series finale, Dan was revealed to be the show's titular omnipresent stalker — the one who tracked Serena's every move, obsessed over her endlessly, and, on more than one occasion, made her life a living nightmare by spilling her secrets to the masses. It was all in pursuit of one thing: for Dan to write himself into the narrative of Serena's life.


Many fans barely batted an eye at this clearly problematic plot development. Maybe that's because Dan and Serena got married, suggesting that, if Dan's actions were a little icky, well — at least he did it all for love.

Flash-forward to 2018, and Badgley is once again a leading man on an NYC-based drama. You, however, is not exactly a love story: It's a tale of obsession. As Badgley's Joe inches closer and closer to the Serena-esque Beck (Elizabeth Lail), so does his willingness to do anything possible to keep the romance alive. That includes, shall we say, some less-than-legal antics, to put it mildly.

Now, Dan never went that far, but he did use the internet to stalk and taunt Serena mercilessly for years — which doesn't seem like a particularly healthy way to start a relationship. You and Gossip Girl bear even more similarities than just Badgley's face and Dan and Joe's less-than-ideal wooing tactics, though. What are they? Click through to find out!

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The Meet-Cute Is Drama

On You, Joe "meets" Beck by saving her from a subway train. (Actually, he's been following her since she came into his bookstore days earlier.) On Gossip Girl, Dan and Serena also "meet" after Dan tries to casually bump into her at the hotel she's staying at. As a reminder, Dan was acting as Gossip Girl at this point — meaning he actually was stalking Serena for far longer than Joe was creeping on Beck.
They're Both Based On Books

Before Gossip Girl hit The CW, it was a series of books from Alloy Entertainment. (I once read five of them, back-to-back, during a week-long vacation.) You, also from Alloy Entertainment, is based on the novel by Caroline Kepnes. (It's a delightfully fun read that's even more unsettling than Lifetime's series.) Hidden Bodies, the Los Angeles-based sequel to You, will reportedly be the basis for the Lifetime show's second season.
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Benji Is Basically Hipster Chuck Bass

Lou Taylor Pucci's trustfund baby Benji is a 22-year-old "artisanal soda" entrepreneur. Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) was a teen hotel mogul who opened up a speakeasy nearly five years before he was legally allowed to imbibe. Both professions are insane, and it's a shame that Benji never got Bass Industries to invest in his cola scheme.
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Peach Is Blair Waldorf

On Pretty Little Liars, ultra-chic Shay Mitchell wore a lot of flannel shirts — Emily was the only one on the series who recognized that Pennsylvania weather requires layers. Things are different this time around. On You, Mitchell's character Peach Salinger hasn't met a fur coat or Louboutin she doesn't love. Not only does she have the same impeccable taste as Serena's BFF Blair (Leighton Meester), she also has her classist attitude and a deep mistrust for Beck's own version of "Lonely Boy." Peach is also from theeeee Salinger family, just as Blair's Waldorf pedigree was enough to proclaim everyone around her peasants.
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