History YMMV / AmericanGirlsCollection

10th Nov '16 1:15:23 PM HighCrate
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* GirlsNeedRoleModels: The books inspired two generations (and counting!) of female history nerds.
** There are also some in-universe examples:
*** Swan Circling is an engaged warrior and is admired by Kaya for her bravery and even stands out as the lone female amongst the warriors; she even risks her life to ride out to get medicine for a sick baby and yet dies in an ice accident. She's very much honored by the tribe for her strength and goodness.
*** Miss Manderly who is a successful single woman in the Colonial era and isn't ashamed of her lack of marital status; Felicity and the Cole sisters think the world of her.
*** Mrs. Abbot and her mother both dealt with their husbands being away at war and Mrs. Abbot even runs her husband's shipyard and delivers messages as a spy when she isn't taking care of her daughter and sneaking her family out to American territory. The grandmother maintains an unflappable image and encourages bravery.
*** Tia Dolores who is a modern (for 1824) Mexican woman that can read and write and isn't ashamed to discuss business matters with men like equals; she's admired by all.
*** Miss Winston is a school teacher who took up the occupation since she wanted to travel, teach, and isn't ready to settle down like her friends and family were; housewives like Kirsten's mother and aunt are awed by her and the girls even get together to make a special quilt for her.
*** Miss Dunn was a former slave who became educated and a teacher and maintains a control over the cliqueishness that come up in the age group she teaches, she still is down-to-earth and girls like, Addy, Sarah, and Harriet want to emulate her.
*** Aunt Cornelia is very ladylike, modern, strong-willed, outspoken, and stylish as well as a CoolBigSis and CoolAunt. Everyone is impressed by her.
*** Lily Armstrong is an ambitious actress who has a lust for life and isn't too cowed by anyone's disapproval of her profession. Rebecca wants to be her.
*** Aunt Millie is a widowed schoolteacher from Kentucky that raised a farm and raised an orphan (Kit's father), quotes Shakespeare, and maintains a very optimistic, friendly, and unflappable self; her niece and her friends write down everything in a homemade book for every idea Millie has.
*** Miss Campbell is a very sweet, pretty, stylish, and graceful teacher that Molly adores; she even keeps a brave face while her fiance is away at war (and sadly dies overseas).
*** Mrs. Larkin is a deconstruction of the Fifties Housewife: she worked in aircraft construction during World War II and only quit what could've been a great position, when she learned her co-workers (many of whom are supporting families) were being let go just for the returning soldiers to take over. She's strong-minded, raises all her children to be true to themselves and stick up for what's right, doesn't discourage her daughters from pursuits like literature and science, handles the full time job of mother of 6 children amazingly, and states that when her youngest is older, she'll start working again.
*** Julie's Mother had divorced and started her own shop after years of being a homemaker with a teenage daughter and a 9-year-old in tow.
17th Oct '16 3:57:14 PM ladyofthelibrary
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** In "A Light in the Cellar, A Molly Mystery", Jill claims that soybean casserole is "unfit for human consumption". Flash forward to present day where soybeans are among the most genetically modified foods in existence and several health professionals discourage consuming them.
13th Sep '16 6:05:22 PM Jisu
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* FanNickname: "Blondiebeth" for Elizabeth post-AdaptationDyeJob, "Princess Samantha" for Samantha (and the scaled-up "Pretty Princess 'Mantha", usually by detractors of her popularity), "Valerie the Inept" for author Valerie Tripp by fans of the authors who preferred to tackle more serious issues or whom they perceive as producing better-quality books.

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* FanNickname: "Blondiebeth" for Elizabeth post-AdaptationDyeJob, "Princess post-AdaptationDyeJob.
**"Princess
Samantha" for Samantha (and the scaled-up "Pretty Princess 'Mantha", usually by detractors of her popularity), "Valerie popularity).
**"Valerie
the Inept" for author Valerie Tripp by fans of the authors who preferred to tackle more serious issues or whom they perceive as producing better-quality books.books.
**Kanoonie, Kanorbles, Canasta, Kangaroo... for Kanani. Some people, especially those old enough to know better, seem to have no idea how to spell her name, so the fanbase ran with it as a joke.
26th Aug '16 8:55:01 AM mlsmithca
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* AndTheFandomRejoiced: It's too bad Kit's movie flopped in theatres, all we've gotten since then are Girl of the Year movies... Wait, what!? ''Melody's'' getting a movie? [[http://deadline.com/2016/08/american-girl-black-ish-marsai-martin-star-amazon-special-1201808638/ Thank you, Amazon!]]
26th Aug '16 6:54:30 AM Jisu
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* AndTheFandomRejoiced: It's too bad Kit's movie flopped in theatres, all we've gotten since then are Girl of the Year movies... Wait, what!? ''Melody's'' getting a movie? [[http://deadline.com/2016/08/american-girl-black-ish-marsai-martin-star-amazon-special-1201808638/ Thank you, Amazon!]]
26th Aug '16 6:50:12 AM Jisu
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* AwesomeArt: The Historical Characters' book illustrations are not only very pretty to look at, but they reflect the time period and setting. For example, the family portraits in Molly's books are in black and white.
** The portraits in Kirsten's series are the only ones to have full-body images of the families, and have full background images as well.

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* AwesomeArt: The Historical Characters' book illustrations (from when they had illustrations) are not only very pretty to look at, but they reflect the time period and setting. For example, the family portraits in Molly's books are in black and white.
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white. The portraits in Kirsten's series are the only ones to have full-body images of the families, and have full background images as well.



* BaseBreaker: Characters that people are sharply divided on vary, but two of the biggest are Molly (some fans find her a realistic view of a child during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII while others see her as too much of an AttentionWhore, bratty and self centered, and a weak example of home life) and Samantha (some consider her a brave, strong girl who was a child's first foray into social concerns and feminist history while others consider her a spoiled rich girl who receives much more attention than other characters in the line).
** Modern dolls--both the LE Girls of the year and the modern American Girl Line with unnamed characters--can be hit and miss. Some people feel that they expand the line and allow different perspectives and character creation, while others consider any or all modern lines to be "detracting" from the original message of history launched by Pleasant Rowland.
** Other known Base Breakers: Pleasant Company items vs. Mattel's (to the point PC items are often called "Pre-Mattel"); The BeForever Relaunch, which some collectors find a a unnecessary change in character designs and book changes while others feel that the relaunch gave new breath into the line and refocused the line on the age-range of eight-to-twelve year old girls as the primary audience.

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* BaseBreaker: Characters that people are sharply divided on vary, but two of the biggest are Molly (some fans find her a realistic view of a child during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII while others see her as too much of an AttentionWhore, bratty and self centered, self-centered, and a weak example of home life) and Samantha (some consider her a brave, strong girl who was a child's first foray into social concerns and feminist history while others consider her a spoiled rich girl who receives much more attention than other characters in the line).
** Modern dolls--both the LE Girls of the year Year and the modern American Girl Line Truly Me line with unnamed characters--can be hit and miss. Some people feel that they expand the line and allow different perspectives and character creation, while others consider any or and all modern lines to be "detracting" from the original message of history launched by Pleasant Rowland.
** Other known Base Breakers: Pleasant Company items vs. Mattel's (to the point PC items are often called "Pre-Mattel"); The BeForever Relaunch, [=BeForever=] relaunch, which some collectors find a a unnecessary change in character designs and book changes while others feel that the relaunch gave new breath into the line and refocused the line on the age-range of eight-to-twelve year old girls as the primary audience.audience; any character from a later time period than the 1940s, particularly among people who actually lived through their decade (some feel like [[{{Maam}} they're being called old]] by their childhood being marketed as historical, others find Maryellen, Melody, and Julie nostalgic and note that even the ''modern'' line was initially marketed saying that all time was history, including the present).



*** Julie's Mother had divorced and started her own shop after years of being a homemaker with a teenage daughter and a 9 year old in tow.

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*** Julie's Mother had divorced and started her own shop after years of being a homemaker with a teenage daughter and a 9 year old 9-year-old in tow.



** In ''Molly Saves the Day,'' the last game played at Camp Gowonagin before the campers leave is Color War. Who's one of the characters on the enemy team? [[VideoGame.TeamFortress2 A Red scout.]]

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** In ''Molly Saves the Day,'' the last game played at Camp Gowonagin before the campers leave is Color War. Who's one of the characters on the enemy team? [[VideoGame.TeamFortress2 [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 A Red scout.]]



** Ironically, one of the supporting actors in the ''Molly'' TV movie, particularly the one playing the title character's mother Helen [=McIntire=], is named [[Creator/MollyRingwald Molly Ringwald]].

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** Ironically, one of the supporting actors in the ''Molly'' TV movie, particularly the one playing the title character's mother Helen [=McIntire=], is named [[Creator/MollyRingwald Molly Ringwald]].Creator/MollyRingwald.



** Particularly common subtext-reading is seen with Felicity/Elizabeth, and Samantha/Nelly, and Molly/Emily.

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** Particularly common subtext-reading is seen with Felicity/Elizabeth, and Samantha/Nelly, Samantha/Nellie (though [[ItWasHisSled the former's family]] ''[[IncestIsRelative adopts]]'' [[NotBloodSiblings the latter]]...), and Molly/Emily.


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* OneTrueThreesome: Kit and her best friends, Ruthie and Stirling, are often read this way; the more liberal end of fandom has {{fanon}} establishing them as growing up to be a polyamorous triad.
23rd Jun '16 7:24:03 AM klausbaudelaire
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** Ironically, one of the supporting actors in the ''Molly'' TV movie, particularly the one playing the title character's mother Helen [=McIntire=], is named [[Creator/MollyRingwald Molly Ringwald]].
6th Jun '16 11:40:37 AM Doug86
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* BaseBreaker: Characters that people are sharply divided on vary, but two of the biggest are Molly (some fans find her a realistic view of a child during WorldWarTwo while others see her as too much of an AttentionWhore, bratty and self centered, and a weak example of home life) and Samantha (some consider her a brave, strong girl who was a child's first foray into social concerns and feminist history while others consider her a spoiled rich girl who receives much more attention than other characters in the line).

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* BaseBreaker: Characters that people are sharply divided on vary, but two of the biggest are Molly (some fans find her a realistic view of a child during WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII while others see her as too much of an AttentionWhore, bratty and self centered, and a weak example of home life) and Samantha (some consider her a brave, strong girl who was a child's first foray into social concerns and feminist history while others consider her a spoiled rich girl who receives much more attention than other characters in the line).
20th Apr '16 5:01:17 AM Nethilia
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* BaseBreaker: Molly. There are fans that love her and some that find her to be too much of an AttentionWhore.

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* BaseBreaker: Molly. There Characters that people are sharply divided on vary, but two of the biggest are Molly (some fans that love her and some that find her to be a realistic view of a child during WorldWarTwo while others see her as too much of an AttentionWhore.AttentionWhore, bratty and self centered, and a weak example of home life) and Samantha (some consider her a brave, strong girl who was a child's first foray into social concerns and feminist history while others consider her a spoiled rich girl who receives much more attention than other characters in the line).
** Modern dolls--both the LE Girls of the year and the modern American Girl Line with unnamed characters--can be hit and miss. Some people feel that they expand the line and allow different perspectives and character creation, while others consider any or all modern lines to be "detracting" from the original message of history launched by Pleasant Rowland.
** Other known Base Breakers: Pleasant Company items vs. Mattel's (to the point PC items are often called "Pre-Mattel"); The BeForever Relaunch, which some collectors find a a unnecessary change in character designs and book changes while others feel that the relaunch gave new breath into the line and refocused the line on the age-range of eight-to-twelve year old girls as the primary audience.
3rd Apr '16 7:13:09 PM theladyfromplanetx
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*** And let me guess, Molly would be [[http://thegreenmedic.tumblr.com/image/56726438233 the medic]].
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