History Literature / TheBabysittersClub

23rd Nov '16 1:24:04 PM MagBas
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* 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."
** The girls also viciously shun Mary Anne in another story after she commits the mortal sin of... getting a stylish new haircut. Everything's back to hunky dory by the end of the book.
** In one book, the girls are angry and hurt when Mrs. Newton decides to hire an older sitter for her new baby as she feels that a 12-year-old, no matter how experienced, may not be able to cope with a newborn. The girls act like it's irrational and unfair, and the girls do eventually prove that several of those sitters are Very Bad, although Mrs. Newton says she found one she liked and she'll continue to call him on his own. The girls do eventually get to sit for Lucy Newton, but not until they're in eighth grade and Lucy is a little bit older.
** Another book has a friend of David Michael's come over while Kristy is babysitting, and the friend's parents won't let him stay because Watson and Elizabeth aren't home. The incident is presented as though we're supposed to sympathize with Kristy's mental fuming ("Don't these people know they're dealing with the ''president'' of ''The Baby-Sitters Club''") when most people would think refusing to leave their kid with a thirteen-year-old they don't know is pretty reasonable parenting.
** One book was based around Dawn babysitting for Whitney, a girl her own age with Down's Syndrome. Whilst Dawn is babysitting some young kids, they go missing and she calls the police. It turns out Whitney took them to a carnival, wanting to try her hand at babysitting like Dawn. When Dawn sees that the kids are fine, she has no problem with it and doesn't tell the kids' parents, Whitney's parents, or the police what happened; nor talk to Whitney about the consequences of her actions. The story presents it that Whitney genuinely did nothing wrong, even though she basically kidnapped two children and got away with it.

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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality:
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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."
** The girls also viciously shun Mary Anne in another story after she commits the mortal sin of... getting a stylish new haircut. Everything's back to hunky dory by the end of the book.
** In one book, the girls are angry and hurt when Mrs. Newton decides to hire an older sitter for her new baby as she feels that a 12-year-old, no matter how experienced, may not be able to cope with a newborn. The girls act like it's irrational and unfair, and the girls do eventually prove that several of those sitters are Very Bad, although Mrs. Newton says she found one she liked and she'll continue to call him on his own. The girls do eventually get to sit for Lucy Newton, but not until they're in eighth grade and Lucy is a little bit older.
** Another book has a friend of David Michael's come over while Kristy is babysitting, and the friend's parents won't let him stay because Watson and Elizabeth aren't home. The incident is presented as though we're supposed to sympathize with Kristy's mental fuming ("Don't these people know they're dealing with the ''president'' of ''The Baby-Sitters Club''") when most people would think refusing to leave their kid with a thirteen-year-old they don't know is pretty reasonable parenting.
** One book was based around Dawn babysitting for Whitney, a girl her own age with Down's Syndrome. Whilst Dawn is babysitting some young kids, they go missing and she calls the police. It turns out Whitney took them to a carnival, wanting to try her hand at babysitting like Dawn. When Dawn sees that the kids are fine, she has no problem with it and doesn't tell the kids' parents, Whitney's parents, or the police what happened; nor talk to Whitney about the consequences of her actions. The story presents it that Whitney genuinely did nothing wrong, even though she basically kidnapped two children and got away with it.
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19th Nov '16 8:32:03 AM talltalltree
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** One book was based around Dawn babysitting for Whitney, a girl her own age with Down's Syndrome. Whilst Dawn is babysitting some young kids, they go missing and she calls the police. It turns out Whitney took them to a carnival, wanting to try her hand at babysitting like Dawn. When Dawn sees that the kids are fine, she has no problem with it and doesn't tell the kids' parents, Whitney's parents, or the police what happened; nor talk to Whitney about the consequences of her actions. The story presents it that Whitney genuinely did nothing wrong, even though she basically kidnapped two children and got away with it.
5th Nov '16 12:18:38 PM Gimere
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* HilariousInHindsight: The subplot of one book involves Marlyn and Carolyn Arnold sneaking a look at a scary movie and ultimately getting freaked out of their minds by it, until they watch a documentary on it's making, discovers the special effects behind it, and declairs it the coolest thing they've ever seen. They decide they want to be Twin Horror Movie Directors when they grow up. Hmmm...wonder if they eventually find out about The Soska Twins from ''Series/{{Hellevator}}''
29th Oct '16 11:34:56 AM SamuraiGal
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* HilariousInHindsight: The subplot of one book involves Marlyn and Carolyn Arnold sneaking a look at a scary movie and ultimately getting scared out of their minds by it, until they watch a documentary on it's making, discovers the special effects behind it, and declairs it the coolest thing they've ever seen. They decide they want to be Twin Horror Movie Directors when they grow up. Hmmm...wonder if they eventually find out about The Soska Twins from ''Series/{{Hellevator}}''

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* HilariousInHindsight: The subplot of one book involves Marlyn and Carolyn Arnold sneaking a look at a scary movie and ultimately getting scared freaked out of their minds by it, until they watch a documentary on it's making, discovers the special effects behind it, and declairs it the coolest thing they've ever seen. They decide they want to be Twin Horror Movie Directors when they grow up. Hmmm...wonder if they eventually find out about The Soska Twins from ''Series/{{Hellevator}}''
29th Oct '16 11:34:11 AM SamuraiGal
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* HilariousInHindsight: The subplot of one boojk involves Marlyn and Carolyn Arnold sneaking a look at a scary movie and ultimately getting scared out of their minds by it, until they watch a documentary on it's making, discovers the special effects behind it, and declairs it the coolest thing they've ever seen. They decide they want to be Twin Horror Movie Directors when they grow up. Hmmm...wonder if they eventually find out about The Soska Twins? ''Series/{{Hellevator}}''

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* HilariousInHindsight: The subplot of one boojk book involves Marlyn and Carolyn Arnold sneaking a look at a scary movie and ultimately getting scared out of their minds by it, until they watch a documentary on it's making, discovers the special effects behind it, and declairs it the coolest thing they've ever seen. They decide they want to be Twin Horror Movie Directors when they grow up. Hmmm...wonder if they eventually find out about The Soska Twins? Twins from ''Series/{{Hellevator}}''
28th Oct '16 8:47:02 PM SamuraiGal
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* HilariousInHindsight: The subplot of one boojk involves Marlyn and Carolyn Arnold sneaking a look at a scary movie and ultimately getting scared out of their minds by it, until they watch a documentary on it's making, discovers the special effects behind it, and declairs it the coolest thing they've ever seen. They decide they want to be Twin Horror Movie Directors when they grow up. Hmmm...wonder if they eventually find out about The Soska Twins? [[Hellevator]]

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* HilariousInHindsight: The subplot of one boojk involves Marlyn and Carolyn Arnold sneaking a look at a scary movie and ultimately getting scared out of their minds by it, until they watch a documentary on it's making, discovers the special effects behind it, and declairs it the coolest thing they've ever seen. They decide they want to be Twin Horror Movie Directors when they grow up. Hmmm...wonder if they eventually find out about The Soska Twins? [[Hellevator]]''Series/{{Hellevator}}''
28th Oct '16 8:44:44 PM SamuraiGal
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* HilariousInHindsight: The subplot of one boojk involves Marlyn and Carolyn Arnold sneaking a look at a scary movie and ultimately getting scared out of their minds by it, until they watch a documentary on it's making, discovers the special effects behind it, and declairs it the coolest thing they've ever seen. They decide they want to be Twin Horror Movie Directors when they grow up. Hmmm...wonder if they eventually find out about [[Series//Hellevator These Two?]]

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* HilariousInHindsight: The subplot of one boojk involves Marlyn and Carolyn Arnold sneaking a look at a scary movie and ultimately getting scared out of their minds by it, until they watch a documentary on it's making, discovers the special effects behind it, and declairs it the coolest thing they've ever seen. They decide they want to be Twin Horror Movie Directors when they grow up. Hmmm...wonder if they eventually find out about [[Series//Hellevator These Two?]]The Soska Twins? [[Hellevator]]
28th Oct '16 8:43:25 PM SamuraiGal
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* HilariousInHindsight: The subplot of one boojk involves Marlyn and Carolyn Arnold sneaking a look at a scary movie and ultimately getting scared out of their minds by it, until they watch a documentary on it's making, discovers the special effects behind it, and declairs it the coolest thing they've ever seen. They decide they want to be Twin Horror Movie Directors when they grow up. Hmmm...wonder if they eventually find out about [[Hellevator These Two?]]

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* HilariousInHindsight: The subplot of one boojk involves Marlyn and Carolyn Arnold sneaking a look at a scary movie and ultimately getting scared out of their minds by it, until they watch a documentary on it's making, discovers the special effects behind it, and declairs it the coolest thing they've ever seen. They decide they want to be Twin Horror Movie Directors when they grow up. Hmmm...wonder if they eventually find out about [[Hellevator [[Series//Hellevator These Two?]]
28th Oct '16 8:42:47 PM SamuraiGal
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* HilariousInHindsight: The subplot of one boojk involves Marlyn and Carolyn Arnold sneaking a look at a scary movie and ultimately getting scared out of their minds by it, until they watch a documentary on it's making, discovers the special effects behind it, and declairs it the coolest thing they've ever seen. They decide they want to be Twin Horror Movie Directors when they grow up. Hmmm...wonder if they eventually find out about [[Hellevator These Two?]]
6th Oct '16 5:41:12 PM Gimere
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* AdultFear: In ''Dawn and the Impossible Three'', Buddy Barrett appears to have been kidnapped while Dawn is watching him.

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* AdultFear: AdultFear:
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In ''Dawn and the Impossible Three'', Buddy Barrett appears to have been kidnapped while Dawn is watching him.



* AesopAmnesia: A number of examples, but one that stands out in particular is the relationship between Claudia and her genius sister Janine. There are many books where the two of them bond over junk food, have a heart-to-heart talk, and realize that they're NotSoDifferent. By the next book, their relationship is [[ResetButton back to where it was]].

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* AesopAmnesia: A number of examples, but one AesopAmnesia:
** One example
that stands out in particular is the relationship between Claudia and her genius sister Janine. There are many books where the two of them bond over junk food, have a heart-to-heart talk, and realize that they're NotSoDifferent. By the next book, their relationship is [[ResetButton back to where it was]].



* {{Arc}}: Some plotlines spread over a couple of books, such as Kristy adjusting to her stepfamily. At the end of the series [[spoiler:Mary Anne's house burned down]], which was the background for the ''Friends Forever'' spinoff.

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* {{Arc}}: {{Arc}}:
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Some plotlines spread over a couple of books, such as Kristy adjusting to her stepfamily. At the end of the series [[spoiler:Mary Anne's house burned down]], which was the background for the ''Friends Forever'' spinoff.



* BechdelTest: Passes with great ease.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Mary Anne can get ''extremely'' vindictive when pushed too far.

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* BechdelTest: Passes The books pass with great ease.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Mary Anne can get ''extremely'' vindictive when she is pushed too far.



* CoolBigSis: Kristy, Dawn, Mallory and Jessi.

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* CoolBigSis: CoolBigSis:
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Kristy, Dawn, Mallory and Jessi.Jessi, to their respective siblings.



* 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.



* GenkiGirl: Abby, Karen

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* GenkiGirl: Abby, KarenAbby and Karen.



* InformedAbility: Claudia is supposed to be a great artist, but since the books don't have any illustrations, we're not given much evidence.

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* InformedAbility: InformedAbility:
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Claudia is supposed to be a great artist, but since the books don't have any illustrations, we're not given much evidence.



* InformedJudaism: Abby
* 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. This leads to disaster when the shed subsequently burns down, and Kristy assumes it must be from the highly flammable paint.

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* InformedJudaism: Abby
Abby.
* InitiationCeremony: InitiationCeremony:
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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. This leads to disaster when the shed subsequently burns down, and Kristy assumes it must be from the highly flammable paint.



* MiddleChildSyndrome: Tiffany Kilbourne

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* MiddleChildSyndrome: MiddleChildSyndrome:
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Tiffany KilbourneKilbourne has this.



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

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



* OldNewBorrowedAndBlue: When Kristy's mom gets married, her underwear is her "something blue." TooMuchInformation, Elizabeth.

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* OldNewBorrowedAndBlue: OldNewBorrowedAndBlue:
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When Kristy's mom gets married, her underwear is her "something blue." TooMuchInformation, Elizabeth.



* ShrinkingViolet: Mary Anne; Kristy's little stepbrother Andrew is presented this way too.
** Charlotte Johanssen, DependingOnTheWriter

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* ShrinkingViolet: Mary Anne; Anne, Kristy's little stepbrother Andrew is presented this way too.
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and Charlotte Johanssen, DependingOnTheWriterJohanssen.



* TokenMinority: Jessi.

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* TokenMinority: Jessi.TokenMinority:
** Jessi, the lone black member of the club.



* WrittenSoundEffect: Ghostwriter Peter Lerangis LOVES omnomatopoeia.

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* WrittenSoundEffect: Ghostwriter Peter Lerangis LOVES ''loves'' using omnomatopoeia.



* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Claudia has a habit of dropping Kristy's full name on her when she's calling Kristy out about her behavior in some respect.

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* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious:
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Claudia has a habit of dropping Kristy's full name on her when she's calling Kristy out about her behavior in some respect.
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