The person on the Netflix marketing team who came up with the idea to brand Elite as the Spanish Gossip Girl should probably be awarded that big, hideous trophy from the show, because the comparison is pretty apt. In Elite, three working class students are transferred to a ritzy prep school, where they're forced to navigate snobbery, sex, and plenty of scandal. But before you spurn Elite for lack of originality or refuse to watch it out of deference to its predecessor, I'm here to inform you, former Upper East Siders, that when it comes to a few key points, Elite is actually better than Gossip Girl.
For a girl from Upstate New York, no one was more obsessed the Upper East Side than I was. I watched Gossip Girl live when it aired, read every single book, and still passionately believe myself to be — to this day — a Serena, not a Blair. But even I have to admit, the show was far from perfect. Looking back on it over a decade later, there were plenty of areas which could have been improved upon, and I'm not just talking about Jenny's raccoon eye makeup. Here are 5 ways Elite is better than my beloved Gossip Girl.