Great article. Whatever you think about Blair and Elena as individual characters, there’s no denying they’ve left their mark on pop culture. And shipping is a big part of the impact. Speaking of: viewers are intelligent enough to know to separate fiction from reality while still enjoying the wonderful chemistry between Chuck and Blair and appreciating the narrative crafted for both of their characters. Gossip Girl did a lot of things wrong along the way, but it sure did capture an unobtainable lifestyle in all its dirty glory, as well as provide a dramatic on-fire romance that viewers could root for and shake their fists at in turn.