History Franchise / AmericanGirlsCollection

22nd Sep '16 8:03:14 PM Jisu
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* '''Chrissa Maxwell, Sonali Matthews, and Gwen Thompson''' in 2009. Chrissa is the new girl who has to deal with bullying from the [[GirlPosse mean bees]]. Sonali is a former member of the bees, and Gwen is the (literally) poor girl they used to harass.

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* '''Chrissa Maxwell, Sonali Matthews, and Gwen Thompson''' in 2009. Chrissa is the new girl who has to deal with bullying from the [[GirlPosse mean bees]]. Sonali is a former member of the bees, and Gwen is the (literally) poor girl they used to harass. The first Girl of the Year to receive a movie.



* '''[=McKenna=] Brooks''' in 2012. A girl who struggles to balance her struggle with her schoolwork with her love of and focus on gymnastics. One of the 4 GOTY movies to become fully released by ''Creator/UniversalStudios''.
* '''Saige Copeland''' in 2013. An artist who wants the subject to return to her school fully, instead of the every-other-year situation going on due to budget cuts. 2nd in a series of the 4 GOTY movies released by ''Creator/UniversalStudios''.
* '''Isabelle Palmer''' in 2014. She's a ballet dancer who attends the fictional Anna Hart School of Arts in Washington, DC. 3rd in a series of the 4 GOTY movies released by ''Creator/UniversalStudios''.
* '''Grace Thomas''' in 2015. A cook and aspiring entrepreneur whose stepfamily takes her to France, making her the first Girl of the Year since Jess whose story takes place partially outside of America (though her second and third books take place in Massachusetts). '''Grace Thomas''' isn't the last movie to become released by ''Creator/UniversalStudios'' due to ''Franchise/AmericanGirlsCollection'' doing some more of their movies.
* '''Lea Clark''' in 2016. A photographer who goes on a trip to Brazil to visit her older brother and shows interest in wildlife preservation.

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* '''[=McKenna=] Brooks''' in 2012. A girl who struggles to balance her struggle with her schoolwork with her love of and focus on gymnastics. One The second to have a Girl of the 4 GOTY movies to become fully released by ''Creator/UniversalStudios''.
Year movie.
* '''Saige Copeland''' in 2013. An artist who wants the subject to return to her school fully, instead of the every-other-year situation going on due to budget cuts. 2nd in a series Saige was the third Girl of the 4 GOTY movies released by ''Creator/UniversalStudios''.
Year with a movie.
* '''Isabelle Palmer''' in 2014. She's a ballet dancer who attends the fictional Anna Hart School of Arts in Washington, DC. 3rd in Also got a series of the 4 GOTY movies released by ''Creator/UniversalStudios''.
movie.
* '''Grace Thomas''' in 2015. A cook and aspiring entrepreneur whose stepfamily takes her to France, making her the first Girl of the Year since Jess whose story takes place partially outside of America (though her second and third books take place in Massachusetts). '''Grace Thomas''' isn't the last movie to become released by ''Creator/UniversalStudios'' due to ''Franchise/AmericanGirlsCollection'' doing some more of their movies.
Grace also got a movie, which tied in with ''Series/MasterChefJunior''.
* '''Lea Clark''' in 2016. A photographer who goes on a trip to Brazil to visit her older brother and shows interest in wildlife preservation. \n Also received a movie.



* ButNotTooBlack: The dolls of color in the Just Like You collection. The first Asian one, #4, looks like a pale white girl with black hair and "almond" eyes, the company added several new dark skin models in 2010 (some even with the new Sonali mold), and the tan dolls are all racially ambiguous. They later toned down the "textured" hair of the black dolls so the hair is less "natural" and more like chemically straightened hair, and the dark skin tone has gotten noticeably lighter. Some people will even purchase the MAG #26 doll and put her in Addy's clothes.

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* ButNotTooBlack: The dolls of color in the Just Like You modern collection. The first Asian one, #4, looks like a pale white girl with black hair and "almond" eyes, the company added several new dark skin models in 2010 (some even with the new Sonali mold), and the tan dolls are all racially ambiguous. They later toned down the "textured" hair of the black dolls so the hair is less "natural" and more like chemically straightened hair, and the dark skin tone has gotten noticeably lighter. Some people will even purchase the MAG Truly Me #26 doll and put her in Addy's clothes.


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** [[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2016/09/the_making_of_addy_walker_american_girl_s_first_black_doll.html One article]] shares that some executives first wanted to give Addy straighter hair to make it "easier" for white girls unaccustomed to textured hair to play with. The advisory board finally said that, while some children born into slavery did have straight hair and other "white" features, giving these to the character would necessitate explaining [[ChildByRape exactly why that was]]. The matter was promptly dropped.
20th Sep '16 7:47:21 PM Jisu
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* OneSteveLimit: Averted with Cécile Rey (of the Historical line) and Cécile Revel (of the Girls of Many Lands line). They were released nine years apart and one was retired long before the other came out, minimizing any confusion. Then there's Samantha "Sam" Parkington and Sam Walker, Ruthie Smithens and Ruth Walker, Emily Bennett and Emily Holland, the Larson family from Kirsten's stories and Kit's neighbour Mrs. Larson... basically, you can share your name with another character, just not from the same era.

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* OneSteveLimit: Averted with Cécile Rey (of the Historical line) and Cécile Revel (of the Girls of Many Lands line). They were released nine years apart and one was retired long before the other came out, minimizing any confusion. Then there's Samantha "Sam" Parkington and Sam Walker, Ruthie Smithens and Ruth Walker, Emily Bennett and Emily Holland, the Larson family from Kirsten's stories and Kit's neighbour Mrs. Larson... basically, all of which fit with an unwritten rule that you can could only share your name with another character, just not a character from a different era. Maryellen's stories threw that out the same era.window, having two Karens, two [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Skips]], and two minor characters called Betty.
13th Sep '16 5:34:16 PM Jisu
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** The main girls also have this: Felicity means "happiness" which derives from the Latin "felicitas" meaning "good luck" and she is a lucky and happy girl, Addy is short for "Aduke" meaning "much loved" and he is loved my her family, and Kit's middle name is "Mildred" meaning "gentle strength" and she is as big hearted as she's strong and determined.

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** The main girls also have this: Felicity means "happiness" which derives from the Latin "felicitas" meaning "good luck" and she is a lucky and happy girl, Addy is short for "Aduke" meaning "much loved" and he is loved my her family, family bonds are the core of the story, and Kit's middle name is "Mildred" meaning "gentle strength" and she is as big hearted big-hearted as she's strong and determined.determined. Then there's Melody, the music-themed girl...



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* MerchandiseDrivenMerchandiseDriven: You think?



** Maryellen is also a middle child (two older siblings and three younger) and her story features her cry for attention.



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Although Nellie and her sisters had no choice in the matter, the name ''Coldrock House'' implies anything going on there won't be good. [[spoiler: The girls actually do run later, with Samantha's help.]]

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* MultipleEndings: The My Journey books. Most don't have a True End, but one of Maryellen's branches leads to a StableTimeLoop, implying that one of the two endings that it leads to is canon.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Although Nellie and her sisters had no choice in the matter, the name ''Coldrock House'' implies anything going on there won't be good. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The girls actually do run later, with Samantha's help.]]
9th Sep '16 6:56:37 AM Jisu
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* '''Kit Kittredge (1934):''' Cincinnati, Ohio, during TheGreatDepression. Kit's series focuses on learning to make-do without, and not taking things for granted. Her companion Ruthie was made into a Best Friend doll in '08 and retired with the rest of the Best Friends line in '14 (as much as "Kit Mystery Challenge" and "Kit: A Treehouse of My Own")

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* '''Kit Kittredge (1934):''' Cincinnati, Ohio, during TheGreatDepression. Kit's series focuses on learning to make-do without, and not taking things for granted. Her companion Ruthie was made into a Best Friend doll in '08 and retired with the rest of the Best Friends line in '14 (as much as "Kit Mystery Challenge" and "Kit: A Treehouse of My Own")'14.



* '''Melody Ellison (1964):''' The second doll to be brand new to [=BeForever=], from 1960s Detroit. She is an aspiring singer, growing up during the Civil Rights Movement and with a brother with ambitions to be singing for Motown. She will be released in 2016.

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* '''Melody Ellison (1964):''' The second doll to be brand new to [=BeForever=], from 1960s Detroit. She is an aspiring singer, growing up during the Civil Rights Movement and with a brother with ambitions to be singing for Motown. She will be released in 2016.



* DisappearedDad: Stirling's dad from Kit's series, Molly's dad until the end of ''Changes for Molly'', and Gwen's dad from Chrissa's series.
** ''Kit Kittredge: An American Girl'' has a version of this because [[spoiler: Kit's dad goes to Chicago to seek work and is gone for most of the film.]]

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* DiggingToChina: Davy and some of Maryellen's siblings start digging a hole to China at the beach in her first story.
* DirtyCommunists: Maryellen's school story talks about the Cold War and centers around an allegory for the same. Also, in Melody's first book, when she hears that there's been a bombing in Alabama, she asks if it's the Russians (it's the KKK).
* DisappearedDad: Stirling's dad from Kit's series, series (and Kit's dad himself in the movie, but not in the books), Molly's dad until the end of ''Changes for Molly'', and Gwen's dad from Chrissa's series.
** ''Kit Kittredge: An American Girl'' has a version of this because [[spoiler: Kit's dad goes to Chicago to seek work and is gone for most of the film.]]
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7th Sep '16 11:00:24 PM HiddenWindshield
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* AnImmigrantsTale: The plot of Kirsten's series.
** Rebecca was born in America, so her series isn't technically this. However, her cousin Ana's journey from Russia and her adjustment to her new country is a major or moderate plot point in at least two of the Rebecca books.
** Similarly, Nellie and her sisters are Irish immigrants. This is not discussed much in the Samantha books but is dealt with more in ''Nellie's Promise.''

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* AnImmigrantsTale: The plot main focus of Kirsten's series.
** Rebecca was born
series, a pretty big factor in America, so her Nellie's series isn't technically this. However, her (especially ''Nellie's Promise''), and touched on with Rebecca's cousin Ana's journey from Russia and her adjustment to her new country is a major or moderate plot point in at least two of the Rebecca books.
** Similarly, Nellie and her sisters are Irish immigrants. This is not discussed much in the Samantha books but is dealt with more in ''Nellie's Promise.''
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6th Sep '16 10:49:09 AM Koopacooper
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** It doesn't even prevent shipping based around the idea of a RomanticTwoGirlRelationship; Felicity/Elizabeth, Samantha/Nelly and Molly/Emily in particular (in both their books and movies) can easily be viewed as the first steps in a romantic relationship between the lead girl and her best friend (although specifically in Samantha's case, she and Nelly become adoptive sisters in the end...)

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** It doesn't even prevent shipping based around the idea of a RomanticTwoGirlRelationship; RomanticTwoGirlFriendship; Felicity/Elizabeth, Samantha/Nelly and Molly/Emily in particular (in both their books and movies) can easily be viewed as the first steps in a romantic relationship between the lead girl and her best friend (although specifically in Samantha's case, she and Nelly become adoptive sisters in the end...)
20th Aug '16 2:05:06 PM toongrrl1990
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* DreamingOfAWhiteChristmas: In Maryellen's story, she wishes for a "real" Christmas with snow like she's seen in ''{{Film}}/WhiteChristmas'' and some tv shows, unlike the one in Florida where they have an artificial Christmas tree and go have a picnic on the beach. She takes a trip to Georgia where her maternal grandparents live to achieve this goal, later she and her grandparents drive down to Daytona Beach to spend Christmas with the family [[spoiler: and see Joan get engaged]].
** Josefina's story mentions how chilly it gets this time of year and the snow isn't treated as unusual; the Winter story only expects snow to be an inconvenience for their Three Kings Day party.
** When Molly's Christmas story begins (set in Illinois) it hasn't snowed until way into the middle of the story where Molly excitedly jumps in with her hooded coat, pajamas, boots, mittens, and hat.
** Avoided in Julie's story (set in San Francisco).
20th Apr '16 4:49:41 AM Nethilia
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first three dolls--Samantha, Kirsten, and Molly--were originally released with white muslin bodies that sharply contrasted with the body; all clothing was made high to the throat to cover this up. When Felicity was released in 1991, the lower necklines of the Revolutionary/Colonial Period resulted in the company changing the main cloth body to better match the skin tone of the limbs.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first three dolls--Samantha, Kirsten, and Molly--were originally released with white muslin bodies that sharply contrasted with the body; all body. All clothing was made high to the throat and with sleeves and skirts (and underpants) long enough to cover this up. up, which was historically accurate for the eras. When Felicity was released in 1991, the historically accurate lower necklines of the Revolutionary/Colonial Period resulted in the company changing the main cloth body bodies to better match the skin tone of the limbs.
17th Apr '16 9:48:23 AM Scandia
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* OnlyInMiami: Averted with Maryellen Larkin. She and her family live in Daytona Beach, which is in the central part of Florida.
14th Apr '16 5:46:29 PM Nohbody
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Lindsey, [[StopHelpingMe over and over and over again]]. Although it's not just Lindsey -- April indirectly gives her the idea to put smiley-face stickers on the neighbors' trash cans, which lands her in hot water with them, her mother, and the ''police.''

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Lindsey, [[StopHelpingMe [[UnwantedAssistance over and over and over again]]. Although it's not just Lindsey -- April indirectly gives her the idea to put smiley-face stickers on the neighbors' trash cans, which lands her in hot water with them, her mother, and the ''police.''
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