Some of my favorite T.V. shows as a kid, and lets be honest even now, were Veronica Mars, Gilmore Girls, and Gossip Girl. These shows all at some point had a story line that delves into secret societies, Veronica Mars even did it twice. So why do the most popular teen dramas of their time focus on clubs that people aren't even allowed to know about? We just want to feel important and taking a look into a world that is only open to the most elite people in the world is an escape that us mere mortals can only dream about.
One of the first T.V shows I remember obsessing over and watching was Gilmore Girls, I resinated with the bond that Rory and her mother had, it's that I kind of relationship with my mother that has kept me going. It wasn't until much later in my life that I found out that my bond with Rory was deeper than just the similarities in my relationship with my mother, but that her father was a lot like my father. He genuinely loves her, but he just wasn't able to be the father that she needed and was very deeply hurt by the crumbling of that relationship, but in the end she finds a way to make their relationship work in a good way. Christopher's parents Strobe and Francine are exactly like my dad parents, I'm talking the WHOLE waspy East Coast lifestyle. In addition I'm a writer like Rory, so one can only come to the conclusion that I am waiting for my invitation to join the Life and Death Brigade and I most certainly trying to find my own Logan. (There are so many similarities, leave a comment below if you want a whole break down.)
Veronica Mars was so fascinated in exposing both secret societies on the show that she does whatever it takes to find out who is in the secret societies, both at Neptune High and Hearst College. The tritons at Neptune High were the six or seven sons of most influential, rich, and powerful families in Neptune. Most often they are legacies following in the foot steps of their fathers and older brothers. They form this secret society in high school because the school is very split in the economic levels of their students, there are the haves and have nots... not much of a middle class.
The closest I have been able to get to being Blair Waldorf being invited to become part of the secret society of women at NYU, was joining a sorority. My sorority is how I found the smallest possible way of being in a secret society. I found a home in a group of people who are very similar to me and it has created a bond stronger than the power and prestige that comes with an organization like La Table Elitaire that Blair so desperately wants to be apart of.
So I guess somewhere along the way I found that my dream of being in a secret society did come true, even if that means I have to admit that not only am I a strong, independent, Jewish woman. I have to accept that I am also; a Daughter of the American Revolution, a descendent of Mark Hill Forscutt (the secretary to Brigham Young and close friend to Joseph Smith III), and a direct descendent of the nighted aristocrats of England sent to control Ireland.
I have found that through my fascination with secret societies I am actually someone who did come from an influential and powerful family, I just wasn't ready to admit that I can be both a WASP and a proud Jewish woman.