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[[quoteright:281:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tvtropesdorkdiaries_9471.png]]

''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 11 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''
* Book Nine: ''Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-so-Dorky Drama Queen''
* Book Ten: ''Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter''
* Book Eleven: ''Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy''

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

!!Tropes found in Dork Diaries:


* AlmostKiss: [[spoiler:Happens twice between Nikki and Brandon. They get interrupted by [=MacKenzie=] both times. They do get a real kiss between those two scenes though.]]
* {{Animesque}}: Nikki is an artist who draws pictures in manga-esque style and stick figure style.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Used a lot. A notable example is the scene where Nikki has to do a book report about Literature/MobyDick and finds the novel extremely boring. She proceeds to list off things she'd rather do than read it: clean the entire house with a toothbrush, brush her teeth with the toothbrush she cleaned the house with, visit her neighbor lady for a detailed update on her bunion surgery, and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers hang out with Brianna.]] Her reaction: [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "HANG OUT WITH BRIANNA?! OMG! I can't believe I just wrote that!"]]
* ArtShift: In ''Tales from a Not-so-Dorky Drama Queen'', since [=MacKenzie=]'s drawing style is different from Nikki's.
* BlandNameProduct: "Tic Toc Breath Mints", which show up in a few illustrations. It's normally averted though - the series doesn't have a problem using the names of real-life brands and companies.
* BrickJoke:
** In the first book, Nikki puts out a burning toaster by pouring orange juice over it. In the third book, her mom shops for a new toaster and Brianna comments that "Some idiot poured orange juice into our old [toaster] and it exploded and blew up our house. KABOOM!"
** Nikki's "fairy repellent" from the second book turns up again when her dad finds it in the seventh book and she doesn't recognize it at first.
** In the sixth book, when Nikki shows up to swim class with a float toy, she mentions that there's no rule against float toys in the pool, listing the rules: "1. No running! 2. No eating! 3. No horseplay! 4. No peeing in the pool!" When she mentions the rules again many chapters later, one more has been added: "5. No float toys!"
* 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.
* CashCowFranchise[=/=]TheMerch: The Princess Sugar Plum franchise is this InUniverse. The amounts of merch it gets are ridiculous, and Princess Sugar Plum valentines are sold out everywhere, except for the grocery store. This might serve as a TakeThat to big franchises and consumerism.
* 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.
** OnceAnEpisode: "Calling [=MacKenzie=] a mean girl is an understatement. [[MadLibsCatchPhrase She is a [insert dangerous animal] in [insert two fashionable items]!"]]
** "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".
** In ''Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen'': "Yay me!" [[BorrowedCatchphrase Nikki uses it at the end of the book, after [=MacKenzie=] used it a thousand times in her diary entries.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Nearly the entire cast to varying degrees. Brianna is a neverending source of wacky ideas and plans, Chloe and Zoey's [[ZanyScheme Zany Schemes]] can become quite over-the-top at times, Theo believes [[Literature/HarryPotter Hogwarts]] [[DaydreamBeliever is real]], and so on. Mr. Zimmerman from ''Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All'' deserves special mention for being completely scatterbrained, absent-minded, and very, ''very'' eccentric.
* 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 gave them a chance.
* ADayInTheLimelight: [=MacKenzie=] steals Nikki's diary in ''Tales from a Not-so-Dorky Drama Queen'' and writes in it, allowing us a glimpse into her life.
* 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: [=MacKenzie=] is often described as cackling like a witch.
* FracturedFairyTale: Book 8 as a whole, which originates from a teacher inspiring the class to rewrite fairy tales with personal twists.
* GirlishPigtails: Both Nikki and Brianna wear their hair like this, and they're both pretty girly.
* GirlPosse: [=MacKenzie=] has a group of avid followers, the most prominent member being her best friend Jessica.
* GymClassHell: Most of the awkward, embarrassing or frustrating moments that happen to Nikki in class are in gym class, from being PickedLast to failing at ice skating, having to deal with a SmallNameBigEgo karate teacher, or [[ItMakesSenseInContext almost drowning in four feet of water.]]
* HappyDance: Nikki does the "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).
* HostileShowTakeover: In the ninth book, thanks to [=MacKenzie=] stealing Nikki's diary and writing in it for some time.
* ImagineSpot: The series is chock-full of them. They range from Nikki imagining [=MacKenzie=] as a literal ice or drama queen to Brandon being abducted by aliens.
* InstantHumiliationJustAddYouTube: [=MacKenzie=] films Nikki and Brianna singing the Queasy Cheesy song and puts the video on Website/YouTube in the third book. She doesn't tell people about it though... [[spoiler:at first.]]
** In the ninth book, an embarrassing video is made of [=MacKenzie=] and spread around the school. [[spoiler:She's the one who puts it on [=YouTube=] herself to convince her parents that she's being bullied so they allow her to transfer schools.]]
* 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."
* LockedInTheBathroom: Nikki locks herself there when she's upset and/or very embarrassed. Which happens often.
** [[spoiler:[=MacKenzie=] ends up doing it too when the popular kids at her new school come across the bug video that ''[[HoistByHisOwnPetard she]]'' [[HoistByHisOwnPetard posted online in an attempt to frame Nikki for cyberbullying.]]]]
* LoveTriangle: Nikki and [=MacKenzie=] both like Brandon. Brandon pretty obviously likes Nikki back, but she remains [[ObliviousToLove clueless]].
* 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}}. (It might not even have been done on purpose though, as Nikki also shares a name with the author's daughter and might have been named after her.)
* 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.
* OutGambitted: The plot of ''Pop Star'' is basically [=MacKenzie=] playing mind games with Nikki. [[spoiler: [=MacKenzie=] sends Nikki a fake tuition bill, expecting her to horribly messed up herself, her friends, and her family, so she's forced to take up a talent contest to fix the problems, just then [=MacKenzie=] can ultimately humiliate her at the most crucial moment.]]
* 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.
* RecycledInSpace: ''Literature/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.]]
** Chloe and Zoey spying on Nikki and Brandon, especially when they have a moment in the library.
* 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.
** Nikki almost says this word for word about... her dad in a suit. She says that she barely recognized him.
* ShoutOut: In the third book, Nikki says she often sings ''Don't Stop Believin''' because her dad loves it, and she finds it funny how everyone loves it again "because it's on [[Series/{{Glee}} a TV show.]]"
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Nikki falls for Brandon because he is sweet and kind.
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: A longer exchange between Nikki and [=MacKenzie=] is likely to play out this way, with both of them throwing [[VolleyingInsults increasingly creative insults]] at each other as the fight goes on.
* 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). [[EpicFail 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''.