It’s that time of year, when everyone is going back to school again. Yes, you want it to be the best year ever, but even a perfect fall wardrobe, tip-top organization and an ultra-positive attitude can’t fend off inevitable back-to-school trauma. If your first two weeks kicked your butt, hang in there and consider these top 5 back-to-school disasters from The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, The Lying Game, The Art of Disappearing, and Pretty Little Liars. They’re proof you’re not alone – and that things could be a lot worse!
Klaus kidnaps Elena on The Vampire DiariesFew high school events have caused more havoc than Senior Prank Night on The Vampire Diaries. Remember season 3, episode 5, “The Reckoning,” when Klaus kidnapped Elena, snapped Tyler’s neck, and tried to make Stefan drink Elena’s blood? Now doesn’t that kind of ease any nerves you may have about your first back-to-school dance? It can’t possibly be that bad . . . um, unless of course you live in Mystic Falls and hang out with immortals. [photo credit: The CW]
Serena is rumored to have an STD on Gossip GirlAs if things weren't scandalous enough on the Upper East Side, remember that unfortunate little rumor that broke about Serena in season 4, episode 5 of Gossip Girl? One ill-intentioned newbie decided to tell Gossip Girl that Serena had an STD! That's not only a rough start to the school year for Serena, that itchy little acronym also freaked out everyone who'd slept with her or with someone she'd slept with. Talk about traffic jams at the health clinic... [photo credit: The CW]
Delia Dark feels like a psychic freak in The Art of DisappearingAnd what if the stars align to make your freshman year the ultimate in back-to-school perfection until you twist your ankle, miss cheering tryouts (aw...), witness the death of a classmate (oh!) and then discover that you might be a psychic freak (agh!)? And that's only the beginning for Delia Dark in my new novel, The Art of Disappearing. Just wait until you find out what happens by the time Halloween rolls around.
Emma falls for Sutton's bf Ethan on The Lying GameApparently, you don't even need to be at school to be the victim of a serious back-to-school mishap. In The Lying Game's pilot episode, Sutton's off trying to track down her birth parents when her secret bf Ethan plants a smoldering kiss on her twin sister, Emma. The liplock outted Emma as an imposter, but (uh-oh) it wasn't the last kiss for Ethan and Emma. (I guess that's what you get for asking your twin sister to impersonate you, Sutton!) [photo credit: ABC Family]
Alison's body goes missing on Pretty Little LiarsWhen you're a Pretty Little Liar, you can bet that the start of senior year will come with at least a few unfortunate surprises. Finding your former bff's body missing from her grave is bad enough, but getting caught at the gravesite with your hands on a shovel sure kicks it up a few notches. That's what goes down in "It Happened One Night" and you can bet the repercussions of that pretty little mess last longer than one night... [photo credit: ABC Family]
If you’ve got a back-to-school disaster to get off your chest, purge away in the comments. And, for more inspiration, check out my debut novel, The Art of Disappearing. I can’t promise it will fend off your next disaster, but Delia Dark’s one-of-a-kind strategy for picking up the pieces when everything falls apart just might come in handy over the next few months. Read a free sample or download it for just $3.99 for Kindle, NOOK, or any compatible smart phone app.
Elena Perez joined the award-winning, best-selling family of Alloy Entertainment authors in 2012 with the publication of her debut novel, The Art of Disappearing. She lives in Manhattan, but she’s just one tweet away from answering your questions at @elenabooks.