History Literature / TheBabySittersClub

21st Aug '16 5:15:51 AM annette12
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* Jessi Ramsey - the [[TokenMinority token black kid]] and experiences racism because of it, aspiring ballerina; Mallory's best friend; loves horses and books on them; loves writing and reading

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* Jessi Ramsey - the [[TokenMinority token black kid]] and who experiences racism because of it, aspiring ballerina; ballerina, and Mallory's best friend; loves horses and books on them; loves writing and readingfriend
8th Aug '16 3:41:38 AM K
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** Kristy also makes up an initiation ceremony on the spot for Mallory and Jessi joining the Club, which hurts Dawn's feelings because there was no formal ceremony for her-- they just took a vote and toasted it with pizza. Dawn wonders to herself if it's because Kristy still resents her being Mary Anne's other best friend.
8th Aug '16 3:39:08 AM K
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** Karen is the middle sister in her dad's new, blended family, and is sometimes jealous of his relationship with Kristy, who lives with him full-time.
20th Jul '16 11:38:51 PM LadyNorbert
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* Karen Brewer - Kristy's little stepsister and a member of her softball team. Title character of the "Baby-Sitters Little Sister" series.

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* Karen Brewer - Kristy's little stepsister and a member of her softball team. Title character of the "Baby-Sitters ''Baby-Sitter's Little Sister" Sister'' series.



* Cokie Mason - Popular girl who was a rival to most of the club, who often attempted to win Logan away from Mary Anne

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* Cokie Mason - Popular girl who was a rival to most of the club, who often attempted to win Logan away from Mary AnneAnne.



* Sunny Winslow - Dawn's best friend from California. A main character of the "California Diaries" series and source of much of the drama.

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* Sunny Winslow - Dawn's best friend from California. A main character of the "California Diaries" ''California Diaries'' series and source of much of the drama.



A prequel, ''The Summer Before'', was released more recently, about the original four club members the summer before seventh grade and their lives right before they started the club, to coincide with the books being reissued.

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A prequel, ''The Summer Before'', was released more recently, about the original four club members during the summer before seventh grade and showing what their lives were like right before they started the club, to coincide with the books being reissued.



** Stacey remarks in her first book that her parents are overprotective because not only does she have type 1 diabetes, but just after they found this out, her mother learned that she couldn't have any more children. They live in constant fear of losing their only child.



*** In a later book, Mrs. Prezzioso not noticing her older daughter's obsessive finicky behaviour and then acting out, as she was too distracted by becoming a pageant mom for her younger daughter.

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*** In a later book, Mrs. Prezzioso not noticing her older daughter's obsessive finicky behaviour and then acting out, as she was too distracted by becoming a pageant mom for her younger daughter.



* AllGirlsLikePonies: Mallory and Jessi



* AllGirlsLikePonies: Mallory and Jessi



* AmbiguousDisorder: Alexis, Mallory's [[spoiler:initial roommate when she goes to boarding school]], clearly has some kind of personality disorder that leads her to behave in very unpredictable ways.



** Some fans suspect that Kristy fits this trope. She could occasionally be persuaded to wear a dress, and did have an on-off "boyfriend" named Bart, but never seemed to take as much of an interest in him as the other girls did with their own boyfriends (then finally broke up with him.) And in the movie, as WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick noted, there's what can only be described as a LongingLook between her and Claudia.

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** Some fans suspect that Kristy fits this trope. She could occasionally be persuaded to wear a dress, and did have an on-off on again-off again "boyfriend" named Bart, Bart; but she never seemed to take as much of an interest in him as the other girls did with their own boyfriends (then boyfriends, and finally broke up with him.) him. And in the movie, as WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick noted, there's what can only be described as a LongingLook between her and Claudia.



** David Michael and Karen, for Kristy. However, it's worth noting that Karen [[TheScrappy annoyed the readers]] more than she ever annoyed Kristy -- Kristy and Karen are just different enough to get along and just far apart enough in age that their similarities (namely, being bossy and stubborn) don't come into conflict, since Karen hero-worships her stepsister. It helps that they only live together half the time, at most.

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** David Michael and Karen, for Kristy. However, it's worth noting that Karen [[TheScrappy annoyed the readers]] more than she ever annoyed Kristy -- Kristy and Karen are just different enough to get along and just far apart enough in age that their similarities (namely, being bossy and stubborn) don't come into conflict, since Karen hero-worships her stepsister. It also helps that they only live together half the time, at most.



* AuthorAppeal: Ann M. Martin had the girls, as well as their classmates and the kids they babysat for, watch the same TV shows and movies she enjoyed as a child. The result is a bunch of preteens from TheEighties and TheNineties whose pop culture references mostly come from ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'', ''Series/ILoveLucy'', and other shows that were canceled decades before they were born.
** There's also some TruthInTelevision here because the books were written for the most part in TheEighties. At the time kids ''were'' watching reruns of classic sitcoms because basic cable stations, especially the TBS Super Station and USA Network, showed them nonstop as a source of cheap daytime programming filler. Additionally, Creator/NickAtNite debuted in the mid-80s and took over children's programming with reruns of some of these same sitcoms starting at 8 PM.

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* AuthorAppeal: Ann M. Martin had the girls, as well as their classmates and the kids they babysat for, babysat, watch the same TV shows and movies she enjoyed as a child. The result is a bunch of preteens from TheEighties and TheNineties whose pop culture references mostly come from ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'', ''Series/ILoveLucy'', and other shows that were canceled decades before they were born.
** There's However, there's also some TruthInTelevision here (literally), because the books were written for the most part in TheEighties. At the time kids ''were'' watching reruns of classic sitcoms because basic cable stations, especially the TBS Super Station and USA Network, showed them nonstop as a source of cheap daytime programming filler. Additionally, Creator/NickAtNite debuted in the mid-80s and took over children's programming with reruns of some of these same sitcoms starting at 8 PM.



* CallingTheOldManOut: Kristy and her brothers finally get to do this to their DisappearedDad in ''Kristy's Big News'', where they spell out in no uncertain terms just how much their lives got turned upside down when he abandoned the family.

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* CallingTheOldManOut: Kristy and her older brothers finally get to do this to their DisappearedDad in ''Kristy's Big News'', where they spell out in no uncertain terms just how much their lives got turned upside down when he abandoned the family.



* ChristmasInJuly: The BSC throw a "Christmas in Summer" party for sitting charge James Hobart, who is Australian, to cheer him up when he has a broken leg. This happened again at summer camp.

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* ChristmasInJuly: The BSC throw a "Christmas in Summer" party for sitting charge James Hobart, who is Australian, to cheer him up when he has a broken leg. This happened again at summer camp.camp in one of the Super Specials.



** [[LastNameBasis King]], one of Logan's football teammates [[BerserkButton does NOT like it]] when people call him by his given name, Clarence.

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** [[LastNameBasis King]], one of Logan's football teammates teammates, [[BerserkButton does NOT like it]] when people call him by his given name, Clarence.



* EveryoneHasStandards: In one of the mysteries books, a movie star is condescending towards his co-star (who the BSC know and are sitting for) and refuses to work any harder than he has to. But when one of his fans is revealed to have been sabotaging said co-star, with two of the events (replacing breakaway glass with real glass and cutting his limo's brakes) potentially being lethal, for "stealing [Actor]'s spotlight", he's noticeably horrified.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: There are two out of four white girls from out of state: Stacey, the sophisticated New Yorker, and Dawn, the breezy Californian. Lampshaded in one book where Kristy reminisces about how she first met Shannon (whom she intensely disliked at first) and snarks about the trope in relation to Shannon and her friends, who are all blonde.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: In one of the mysteries books, a movie star is condescending towards his co-star (who (whom the BSC know and are sitting for) and refuses to work any harder than he has to. But when one of his fans is revealed to have been sabotaging said co-star, with two of the events (replacing breakaway glass with real glass and cutting his limo's brakes) potentially being lethal, for "stealing [Actor]'s spotlight", he's noticeably horrified.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: There are two out of four white girls from out of state: Stacey, the sophisticated New Yorker, and Dawn, the breezy Californian. Lampshaded in one book where Kristy reminisces about how she first met Shannon (whom she intensely disliked at first) and snarks about the trope in relation to Shannon and her friends, who all but one of whom are all blonde.



* Fanservice: Somewhat creepily, Stacey. She notes how well she fills out the top of her string bikini.

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* Fanservice: FanService: Somewhat creepily, Stacey. She notes how well she fills out the top of her string bikini.



* FourGirlEnsemble: The original four members: Kristy is known for her leadership skills and great ideas, which along with her outgoing nature make her a good softball coach. Mary Anne is good at being organized but she has a sensitive and shy nature. Claudia is a passionate artist and is known for her creativity and fashion sense as well as being boy-crazy. Last of all there is Stacey who is like Claudia but a more sophisticated math genius who is looked up to because she's from New York.

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* FourGirlEnsemble: The original four members: Kristy is known for her leadership skills and great ideas, which along with her outgoing nature make her a good softball coach. Mary Anne is good at being very organized but she and has a sensitive and shy nature. Claudia is a passionate artist and is known for her creativity and fashion sense as well as being boy-crazy. Last of all there is Stacey Stacey, who is like Claudia but a more sophisticated math genius who is looked up to admired because she's from New York.



* GirlPosse: Grace and Bebe for Cokie Mason, Jannie and Leslie for Pamela Harding.

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* GirlPosse: Grace and Bebe for Cokie Mason, Mason; Jannie and Leslie for Pamela Harding.



* HappilyMarried: Claudia's, Mallory's and Jessi's parents. Also Elizabeth and Watson, and Sharon and Richard.

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* HappilyMarried: Claudia's, Mallory's and Jessi's parents. Also Elizabeth and Watson, and Sharon and Richard. Richard was also this with Mary Anne's mother until her death.



** Logan also says "I decided to act as if Id seen a million little kids fly through the air and nearly cream themselves on pianos, though" when Jackie Rodowsky (who else?) leaps off the couch and nearly crashes into the piano in ''Super Special 11: The Babysitters Remember''.

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** Logan also says "I decided to act as if Id seen a million little kids fly through the air and nearly cream themselves on pianos, though" when Jackie Rodowsky (who else?) leaps off the couch and nearly crashes into the piano in ''Super Special 11: The Babysitters Baby-Sitters Remember''.



** Mary Anne was made club secretary because of her supposedly neat handwriting. Many readers found that, of all the girls' handwritings that appear in the books, Mary Anne's was one of the most difficult to read.

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** Mary Anne was made club secretary because of her supposedly neat handwriting. Many readers found that, of all the girls' handwritings handwriting that appear in the books, Mary Anne's was one of the most difficult to read.



* InitiationCeremony: In one book, Kristy tries to join a girls' softball team at SMS, which holds a hazing ritual for new members to spray-paint an old shed. Leads to disaster when the shed subsequently burns down and Kristy assumes it must be from the highly flammable paint.
* {{Jerkass}}: Kristy's father Patrick is portrayed this way in the ''Forever Friends'' book where he remarries, and even moreso in TheMovie. It's also hinted at in ''Claudia's Book'', where she notes that as a little girl she seriously disliked Mr. Thomas.

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* InitiationCeremony: In one book, Kristy tries to join a girls' softball team at SMS, which holds a hazing ritual for new members to spray-paint an old shed. Leads This leads to disaster when the shed subsequently burns down down, and Kristy assumes it must be from the highly flammable paint.
* {{Jerkass}}: Kristy's father Patrick is portrayed this way in the ''Forever Friends'' book where he remarries, and even moreso more so in TheMovie. It's also hinted at in ''Claudia's Book'', where she notes that as a little girl she seriously disliked Mr. Thomas.



** The classmates of the baby-sitting charges (especially Charlotte's classmates), though this is existent in the BSC's classmates as well, especially in Mallory and Jessi's sixth grade class.

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** The classmates of the baby-sitting charges (especially Charlotte's classmates), [[spoiler:before she skips a grade]]), though this is existent in the BSC's classmates as well, especially in Mallory and Jessi's sixth grade class.class. They actually [[spoiler:are so relentlessly cruel to Mallory that she ultimately gets her parents to send her to boarding school to get away from them.]]
5th Jul '16 12:20:11 PM cheedo
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* BuxomIsBetter: Stacey mentally snarks at how much smaller Mary Anne's chest is in her bikini top than her own.



* Fanservice: Somewhat creepily, Stacey. She notes how well she fills out the top of her string bikini.



** Mary Anne's "famous cities" skirt is pretty well-known and liked in the fandom.



** When Mal first meets Jessi in "Hello, Mallory", Becca says Jessi knows a lot of good jokes. This is never brought up again later in the books at all.



** One of Kristy's biggest flaws is this, to a lesser degree than Karen, though.



* NoPronunciationGuide: Is Myriah Perkins' name pronounced like "Maria" or "Mariah" or even "Myra"? Fans can't seem to decide.
9th May '16 8:48:50 AM honeybrown1976
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* Jessi Ramsey - the [[TokenMinority token black kid]], aspiring ballerina

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* Jessi Ramsey - the [[TokenMinority token black kid]], kid]] and experiences racism because of it, aspiring ballerinaballerina; Mallory's best friend; loves horses and books on them; loves writing and reading
17th Apr '16 5:07:59 PM Berrenta
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* StrawFan: Believe it or not, one of the books deals with Mallory claiming to be the biggest fan of a fictional children's author, meeting the author and giving her a hard time about not 'writing what she knows.' Fortunately, [[ItGotBetter she learns her lesson in the end.]]

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* StrawFan: Believe it or not, one of the books deals with Mallory claiming to be the biggest fan of a fictional children's author, meeting the author and giving her a hard time about not 'writing what she knows.' Fortunately, [[ItGotBetter she learns her lesson in the end.]]
16th Mar '16 6:31:26 PM girlzpictionary299
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Highly successful and popular series of books aimed at pre-teen girls, about a group of kids who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysonTheTin run a club that offers their services as babysitters]]. The series was written by Ann M. Martin and published between 1986 and 2000. It also inspired a 1995 film, a TV series, dolls, 2 board games, 4 educational CD-ROM games, a soundtrack and several spinoffs (as much as 4 graphic novels illustrated by Raina Telgemeier). Every story was told from the first-person perspective of the protagonist, and began with a description of the rest of the club members.

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Highly successful and popular series of books aimed at pre-teen girls, about a group of kids who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysonTheTin run a club that offers their services as babysitters]]. The series was written by Ann M. Martin and published between 1986 and 2000. It also inspired a 1995 film, a TV series, dolls, 2 board games, 4 educational CD-ROM games, a soundtrack and several spinoffs (as much as 4 manga-style graphic novels illustrated by Raina Telgemeier). Every story was told from the first-person perspective of the protagonist, and began with a description of the rest of the club members.
16th Mar '16 6:29:30 PM girlzpictionary299
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Highly successful and popular series of books aimed at pre-teen girls, about a group of kids who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysonTheTin run a club that offers their services as babysitters]]. The series was written by Ann M. Martin and published between 1986 and 2000. It also inspired a 1995 film, a TV series, dolls, 2 board games, 4 educational CD-ROM games, a soundtrack and several spinoffs. Every story was told from the first-person perspective of the protagonist, and began with a description of the rest of the club members.

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Highly successful and popular series of books aimed at pre-teen girls, about a group of kids who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysonTheTin run a club that offers their services as babysitters]]. The series was written by Ann M. Martin and published between 1986 and 2000. It also inspired a 1995 film, a TV series, dolls, 2 board games, 4 educational CD-ROM games, a soundtrack and several spinoffs.spinoffs (as much as 4 graphic novels illustrated by Raina Telgemeier). Every story was told from the first-person perspective of the protagonist, and began with a description of the rest of the club members.
9th Feb '16 10:33:33 AM Gimere
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* AlphaBitch: Cokie Mason and her friend Grace.

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Cokie Mason and her friend Grace.



* AmbiguouslyGay: Ducky, in the ''California Diaries''. His best friends are all platonic teenage girls, and his last scene in the series has him buying a ton of books from a bunch of gay authors.

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Ducky, in the ''California Diaries''. His best friends are all platonic teenage girls, and his last scene in the series has him buying a ton of books from a bunch of gay authors.



* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Dawn has probably the worst example of this trope in ''Here Come the Bridesmaids!'' when her father is getting remarried. She all but pitches a fit because her stepmother-to-be doesn't want to have Mary Anne as a bridesmaid as well as Dawn. Remember, Mary Anne is Dawn's stepsister on her ''mother's'' side and is not remotely related to Dawn's father, let alone his new bride.
** Keep in mind that Dawn ''never asked'' if Mary Anne could be a bridesmaid. She just assumed that Mary Anne would be sharing the moment with her and bought her a dress. To Dawn's credit, she never brings up her (frankly, stupid) assumption to her father or stepmother. But Mary Anne still ends up wearing the bridesmaid dress, because she assumed it'd be a church wedding, not a beach wedding, and didn't pack appropriately. One has to wonder just what Dawn's father and stepmother thought about that.

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Dawn has probably the worst example of this trope in ''Here Come the Bridesmaids!'' when her father is getting remarried. She all but pitches a fit because her stepmother-to-be doesn't want to have Mary Anne as a bridesmaid as well as Dawn. Remember, Mary Anne is Dawn's stepsister on her ''mother's'' side and is not remotely related to Dawn's father, let alone his new bride.
** *** Keep in mind that Dawn ''never asked'' if Mary Anne could be a bridesmaid. She just assumed that Mary Anne would be sharing the moment with her and bought her a dress. To Dawn's credit, she never brings up her (frankly, stupid) assumption to her father or stepmother. But Mary Anne still ends up wearing the bridesmaid dress, because she assumed it'd be a church wedding, not a beach wedding, and didn't pack appropriately. One has to wonder just what Dawn's father and stepmother thought about that.



* ButtMonkey: Poor Mallory! [[http://community.livejournal.com/bsc_snark/39867.html Here's a list.]]

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Poor Mallory! [[http://community.livejournal.com/bsc_snark/39867.html Here's a list.]]



* DoNotCallMePaul: Stacey is not fond of being called Anastasia. Additionally, [[LastNameBasis King]], one of Logan's football teammates [[BerserkButton does NOT like it]] when people call him by his given name, Clarence.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The whole plotline about Stacey's diabetes and the associated stigma leading to her moving away from New York lest she lose all her friends. In retrospect, the series' origins in the late eighties makes it likely that the diabetes stood in for [[TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed something else]].

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Stacey is not fond of being called Anastasia. Additionally, Anastasia.
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[[LastNameBasis King]], one of Logan's football teammates [[BerserkButton does NOT like it]] when people call him by his given name, Clarence.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
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The whole plotline about Stacey's diabetes and the associated stigma leading to her moving away from New York lest she lose all her friends. In retrospect, the series' origins in the late eighties makes it likely that the diabetes stood in for [[TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed something else]].



* {{Flanderization}}: All of the girls' quirks suffered this to some degree with the ghost writers, most notably Kristy's bossiness, Dawn's passion for environmental causes and Claudia's bad spelling.

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All of the girls' quirks suffered this to some degree with the ghost writers, most notably Kristy's bossiness, Dawn's passion for environmental causes and Claudia's bad spelling.



* IconicOutfit: ''Many'' of Claudia's outfits could qualify.

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* IconicOutfit: IconicOutfit
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''Many'' of Claudia's outfits could qualify.



* LawOfDisproportionateResponse: The Club had Andrew, who was pretending to be a monster, terrify the life out of one charge because she didn't want to wear a smock and paint.

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The Club had Andrew, who was pretending to be a monster, terrify the life out of one charge because she didn't want to wear a smock and paint.



* MeaningfulName: This is most likely completely unintentional, but [[ButtMonkey "Mallory"]] is Norman French for "unlucky".

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This is most likely completely unintentional, but [[ButtMonkey "Mallory"]] is Norman French for "unlucky".



* OffToBoardingSchool: [[spoiler:Mallory]], although this was actually HER decision.

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[[spoiler:Mallory]], although this was actually HER decision.



* OppositesAttract: Mary Anne's father and Dawn's mother are a textbook example.
** Also shy and quiet Mary Anne paired with jockish and outgoing Logan.

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* OppositesAttract: OppositesAttract:
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Mary Anne's father and Dawn's mother are a textbook example.
** Also shy Shy and quiet Mary Anne paired with jockish and outgoing Logan.



* PolarOppositeTwins: Abby and her twin sister Anna. Anna is musical, bookish, and introspective; Abby is athletic, noisy, and enjoys babysitting. About the only things they have in common are that they both have scoliosis and poor eyesight. Interestingly, this never creates a conflict between them - when they first realized they had branching interests as little girls, their initial reaction was to panic and double-down on making sure they had identical ''everything.'' They did grow out of that, because while they liked being identical, they didn't like being treated as a single entity and didn't want to chain themselves down to being ''completely'' identical when they realized that having separate interests wouldn't create a break between them.

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* PolarOppositeTwins: PolarOppositeTwins:
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Abby and her twin sister Anna. Anna is musical, bookish, and introspective; Abby is athletic, noisy, and enjoys babysitting. About the only things they have in common are that they both have scoliosis and poor eyesight. Interestingly, this never creates a conflict between them - when they first realized they had branching interests as little girls, their initial reaction was to panic and double-down on making sure they had identical ''everything.'' They did grow out of that, because while they liked being identical, they didn't like being treated as a single entity and didn't want to chain themselves down to being ''completely'' identical when they realized that having separate interests wouldn't create a break between them.



* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: In book #12, the girls get bitchy over Claudia spending time with a new friend and go as far as to short-sheet her bed, mess with her belongings, and leave her a series of nasty notes. But in the end, ''Claudia'' is the one who owes ''them'' an apology for "being a bad friend."

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In book #12, the girls get bitchy over Claudia spending time with a new friend and go as far as to short-sheet her bed, mess with her belongings, and leave her a series of nasty notes. But in the end, ''Claudia'' is the one who owes ''them'' an apology for "being a bad friend."



* RetCon: Early on, Jill, a member of the We ♥ Kids Club, is established as serious and thoughtful; at one point, Dawn describes her as being like Mary Anne. In the first ''California Diaries'' book she is portrayed as very childish, which contributes to Dawn, Maggie and Sunny drifting away from her.

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Early on, Jill, a member of the We ♥ Kids Club, is established as serious and thoughtful; at one point, Dawn describes her as being like Mary Anne. In the first ''California Diaries'' book she is portrayed as very childish, which contributes to Dawn, Maggie and Sunny drifting away from her.



* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:The bully E.J. in ''Logan Bruno, Boy Baby-Sitter'']]. It prompts a brief discussion among the baby-sitters, including Stacey pointing out that the mother of one of the kids they babysit is a doctor and is always being addressed as a nurse-- meanwhile, the three male nurses are always being called "doctor."

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* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:The bully E.J. in ''Logan Bruno, Boy Baby-Sitter'']]. It Baby-Sitter'']], which prompts a brief discussion among the baby-sitters, including Stacey pointing out that the mother of one of the kids they babysit is a doctor and is always being addressed as a nurse-- meanwhile, the three male nurses are always being called "doctor."
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