History Literature / TheBabysittersClub

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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* DoNotCallMePaul: DoNotCallMePaul:
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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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''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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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: ProtagonistCenteredMorality:
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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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* RetCon: {{Retcon}}:
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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."
5th Jan '16 2:04:35 PM ladyofthelibrary
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Added DiffLines:

* 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.
1st Nov '15 1:12:09 PM Gimere
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Abby has one of these in one book. There's nothing wrong with the kid himself, but the trope fits in because she's ''really'' not happy about his interest in her.

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Abby has one of these Ross Brown in one book. ''Abby's Un-Valentine''. There's nothing wrong with the kid himself, but the trope fits in because she's Abby's ''really'' not happy about his interest in her.



* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: Jessi, in regards to "Follow that cab."

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* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: Jessi, Jessi says this in regards to "Follow that cab."



* IconicOutfit: Many of Claudia's.

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



* {{Jerkass}}: Kristy's dad 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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* {{Jerkass}}: Kristy's dad 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.
19th Oct '15 5:55:22 PM Gimere
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** The Dawn-considers-moving-back-to-California plotline lasted for so many books that many fans were extremely glad when [[spoiler:she ultimately did move back]] and she finally stopped agonizing about this decision.

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** The Dawn-considers-moving-back-to-California plotline lasted for so many books that many fans were extremely glad when [[spoiler:she ultimately did move back]] and she finally stopped agonizing about this decision.it.



** Possibly AuthorAppeal, but it's also partly TruthInTelevision 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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** Possibly AuthorAppeal, but it's There's also partly 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.



* BewareTheNiceOnes: Mary Anne gets ''extremely'' vindictive when pushed too far.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Mary Anne gets can get ''extremely'' vindictive when pushed too far.



** It's mentioned constantly that Mary Anne's father loosened up considerably when he started seeing Dawn's mother. Adults rereading the series [[YouNeedToGetLaid might read between the lines a bit]].

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** It's mentioned constantly that Mary Anne's father loosened up considerably when he started seeing Dawn's mother. Adults rereading the series [[YouNeedToGetLaid might could easily read between the lines a bit]].there]].



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

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



* ShoutOut: ''The Truth About Stacey'' is dedicated to Dr. Claudia Werner. The series features characters named both "Claudia" and "Dr. Werner." The Perkins family is also believed to be based on friends of the author's; at one point, it's noted that they own a lot of children's books because they have a friend who writes and edits them.

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* ShoutOut: ''The Truth About Stacey'' is dedicated to Dr. Claudia Werner. The series features characters named both "Claudia" and "Dr. Werner." The Perkins family is also believed to be based on friends of the author's; at one point, it's noted that they own a lot of children's books because they have a friend who writes and edits them.
2nd Oct '15 8:12:11 PM TheRoguePenguin
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!!!In most of the books, the title club consisted of:

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!!!Secondary characters included:

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!!!Secondary [[AC:Secondary characters included:included:]]
2nd Oct '15 7:14:48 PM dustyroxybethany56
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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 a brand new North American manga-style graphic novel series from Raina Telgemeier in which it is only released in the United States by Graphix in 2006). 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 a brand new North American manga-style graphic novel series from Raina Telgemeier in which it is only released in the United States by Graphix in 2006).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.



There were at least three spinoff series: ''Baby-Sitter's Little Sister'' (about Kristy's seven-year-old stepsister, Karen); ''California Diaries'' (about Dawn and her friends in California); and ''Friends Forever'' (in which the club was reduced to its original four members). As well as these and the main series, there were additional ''Mysteries'', autobiographical, and ''Super Specials'' books. ''Little Sister'' also had its own spinoff, ''The Kids In Ms. Colman's Class.'' As you might suspect, many of the books were ghostwritten, although Martin wrote the original 35 books herself.

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There were at least three spinoff series: ''Baby-Sitter's Little Sister'' (about Kristy's seven-year-old stepsister, Karen); ''California Diaries'' (about Dawn and her friends in California); and ''Friends Forever'' (in which the club was reduced to its original four members). As well as these and the main series, there were additional ''Mysteries'', autobiographical, and ''Super Specials'' books.books (as much as a brand new graphic novel series from Raina Telgemeier). ''Little Sister'' also had its own spinoff, ''The Kids In Ms. Colman's Class.'' As you might suspect, many of the books were ghostwritten, although Martin wrote the original 35 books herself.
2nd Oct '15 7:09:27 PM dustyroxybethany56
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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 CD-ROM games (3 are from Creative Wonders and 1 is from Philips Interactive Media) and several spinoffs (as much as a brand new North American manga-style graphic novel series from Raina Telgemeier in which it is only released in the United States by Graphix in 2006). 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 (3 are from Creative Wonders and 1 is from Philips Interactive Media) games, a soundtrack and several spinoffs (as much as a brand new North American manga-style graphic novel series from Raina Telgemeier in which it is only released in the United States by Graphix in 2006). 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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