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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 9 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''

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

!!Tropes found in Dork Diaries:


* {{Animesque}}: Nikki is an artist who draws pictures in manga 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.
* BlondesAreEvil: The two most evil characters in the series, [[AlphaBitch MacKenzie]] and [[BetaBitch Jessica]], are both blonde.
* 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.
* 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!"
* {{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.
* 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: 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 "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).
* 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."
* 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.
* RecycledInSpace: ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' [[AC:for girls!]]
* 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.]]
* 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.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Nikki falls for Brandon because he is sweet and kind.
* 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''.