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''Dork Diaries'' is a series of books directed at tween girls by [[AlliterativeName Rachel Renee Russell]]. They follow the misadventures of Nikki J. Maxwell, a slightly [[BrattyTeenageDaughter bratty]] and shallow but still well-meaning and likable fourteen year old girl. The story begins when Nikki's family moves because of her father's job, and Nikki is transferred to Westchester Country Day, a private school that is much too fancy for Nikki's tastes. There, she meets AlphaBitch [=MacKenzie=] Hollister, Chloe Garcia and Zoey Franklin (unpopular but awesome new friends), and Brandon Roberts (Nikki's crush, [=MacKenzie's=] crush, and overall NiceGuy).

There are 6 books so far, as well as a companion.

* Book One: ''Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not So Fabulous Life''
* Book Two: ''Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not So Popular Party Girl''
* Book Three: ''Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not So Talented Pop Star''
* Book Three and a Half: ''How to Dork Your Diary''
* Book Four: ''Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not So Graceful Ice Princess''
* Book Five: ''Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not So Smart Miss Know-It-All''
* Book Six: ''Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not So Happy Heartbreaker''
* Book OMG: ''Dork Diaries: All About Me Diary!''
* Book Seven: ''Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not So Glam TV Star''
* Book Eight: ''Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not So Happily Ever After''

[[Characters/DorkDiaries Now features a characters page.]] Feel free to contribute.

!!Tropes found in Dork Diaries:

%% * {{Adorkable}}: The main appeal of Nikki.
%% * AdultsAreUseless
%%% * AlphaBitch: [=MacKenzie=], complete with a GirlPosse.
%% * AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Nikki's parents.
* {{Animesque}}: Nikki is an artist who draws pictures in manga style and stick figure style.
%% * AnnoyingYoungerSibling:
%% ** Brianna to Nikki
%% ** Amanda to [=MacKenzie=].
%% * BlondesAreEvil: [=MacKenzie=].
%% * BrainyBrunette:
%% ** Chloe
%% ** Zoey.
%% ** Sometimes, Nikki.
%% * BrattyTeenageDaughter:
%% ** Nikki, at times.
%% ** [=MacKenzie=], ''all'' the time.
* BrutalHonesty:
** Chloe and Zoey are always quick to tell Nikki when her plans or ideas kind of suck.
** Subverted by Nikki as she often says something brutally honest, and then admits "but I just said that inside my head, so no one heard it but me."
%% * BuffySpeak: Nikki engages in this a lot.
%% * BumblingDad: Nikki's dad.
%% * ButtMonkey: Almost nothing goes very well for Nikki.
* {{Catchphrase}}:
** Nikki's "but I just said that inside my head, so no one heard it but me." whenever she is saying something, but is actually just thinking it.
** "WHATEVER!" is a standard response.
** "I just HATE it when [=MacKenzie=] sashays!" whenever Nikki sees MacKenzie struts out of the scene in a fashionista-like manner.
** [=MacKenzie=] frequently says "OMG" and "hon".
* ComicTrio: Chloe or Zoey comes up with the insane/stupid plans, the other one agrees, and Nikki is left wondering whether or not she's flypaper for freaks.
* CoolLoser: Chloe, Zoey, and Nikki would likely be popular if people would give them a chance.
* DistaffCounterpart: The series is a somewhat obvious one to the ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' series, from both the main characters getting into predicaments and such right down to the non-canonical do-it-yourself installment between books 3 and 4.
%%* DramaQueen: Nikki. It's why we love you but not everything is the end of the world.
* EatingLunchAlone: Nikki is a loner and sits by herself during lunch before she meets Zoey and Chloe in gym class.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: [=MacKenzie's=] first appearance has [[MakeWayForThePrincess a path immediately clearing for her]] as people shout out compliments to her.
%% * EvilLaugh: According to Nikki, [=MacKenzie=] has one.
%% * ElaborateUniversityHigh: Winchester County Day, has Starbucks on the Cafeteria.
* FollowTheLeader: The format of the books in general is glaringly similar to ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid''.
* GirlishPigtails: How Nikki's hair is usually worn. Her pigtails indicate that she's a girly girl.
* GirlPosse: [=MacKenzie=] has a group of avid followers, the most prominent member being her best friend Jessica.
%% * GymClassHell: Gym class sucks if you're Nikki.
* HappyDance: Nikki does "Snoopy happy dance" when she's pleased.
* HighSchoolDance: The entire plot of ''Not So Popular Party Girl'' revolves around two of them ([=MacKenzie's=] birthday party and the school Halloween dance), as well as an ''elementary'' school dance (Brianna's ballet class Halloween party).
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Done several times in ''How To Dork Your Diary''.
--> "I know this might sound really crazy...! But what if Chloe actually turned my very private, dorky tales of WOE into a bestselling book series?!"
--> "Unfortunately, parents, bratty kid sisters and brothers, friends, enemies, and even total strangers LOVE to read diaries that do NOT belong to them."
* LoveTriangle: Nikki and [=MacKenzie=] both like Brandon. Brandon is implied to like Nikki back.
* MakeWayForThePrincess: After Nikki nearly gets killed trying to get through the hallway and to her locker, [[EstablishingCharacterMoment a path immediately clears for [=MacKenzie=].]]
%% * MasqueradeBall: The Halloween dance in book 2.
* MeaningfulName: Nikki is Japanese for diary. The art style is {{Animesque}}.
* NerdsAreSexy: Chloe and Zoey are both huge nerds and both are very cute.
%% * NiceGuy: Brandon.
* OnlySaneMan: Nikki is the most normal of her trio, but Brandon is by far the most normal character of them all.
* PopularIsDumb: [=MacKenzie=] is smart enough, but Jessica (a popular girl who is a best friend to the school's Alpha Bitch) isn't all that bright.
%% * ProfessionalButtKisser: The entire student population sucks up to [=MacKenzie=].
* RecycledInSpace: ''DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' [[foldercontrol]]

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* RunningGag: [=MacKenzie=] "sashaying" away, and Nikki then commenting on how much she hates that.
** Nikki getting mad and telling people what she thinks of them... only to reveal that she just said it all inside her head. This gets [[CharacterDevelopment less frequent as the story goes on.]]
%%** Jazz hands. Chloe is fond of doing this. You can't miss those moments!
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* SchoolNewspaperNewshound: Brandon, who is the photographer for the school newspaper.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Nikki mentions that she feels beautiful when she wears the [[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet Juliet]] costume for the Halloween dance.
* SingleGirlSeeksMostPopularGuy: Nikki (like [=MacKenzie=]) has a huge crush on Brandon, who is fairly well liked. However, it seems he might actually like her back.
%% * SpicyLatina: Chloe
* TokenTrio: Nikki (who is white), Chloe (who is Hispanic), and Zoey (who is black).
* TwoTimerDate: At the climax of the second book, Nikki tries to: hang out with Chloe and Zoey at the Halloween dance ([[ItMakesSenseInContext dressed as trash bags]]); be Brandon's date at the Halloween dance (dressed as Juliet); and help out at Brianna's ballet class Halloween party (dressed as a giant rat). It doesn't work out very well.
%% * UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Nikki can fall into this at times.
%% * ValleyGirl: [=MacKenzie=], and, to a much lesser extent, Nikki.
* WomenAreWiser: Inverted; Brandon is the most sane character in the book.
* ZanyScheme: Usually on behalf of Chloe and Zoey. The most insane of all has to be the "run away and live in the NYC library" plan from ''Not So Fabulous Life''.