‘Gossip Girl’ Writers: What Would Shakespeare Do?

"Thou art having sex with someone's mom." Photo: Courtesy of the CW

Schwartz and Savage say that Gossip Girl is not so much influenced by the young-adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar on which it is based but — seriously — on the following works: the novels of Edith Wharton and Evelyn Waugh … And Shakespeare. ‘Our writers,’ says Savage, ‘are much more literate than we are. They really know their Shakespeare.’” Now you know. [NYP]