''The Naughtiest Girl" is a series of novels written by Enid Blyton
in the 1940s and 1950s. Elizabeth, a beautiful Spoiled Brat
, is sent to a Boarding School
after her sixth governess gets tired of her. The series was carried on by Anne Digby, with permission from Enid Blyton's copyright proprieters.
These novels provide examples of:
- Bathroom Stall of Overheard Insults: It doesn't happen in the bathroom, but Kathleen does overhear the other girls making fun of her.
- Beautiful All Along: Apparently, everything Kathleen needed in order to become beautiful was to smile a little more.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Arabella and Martin.
- Boarding School: Obviously.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Julian.
- British Accent: Again, obviously.
- Character Development: Tons. Elizabeth becomes less spoiled, Joan becomes more confident, Kathleen Took a Level in Kindness, Robert stops bullying other children, Julian sobers up and takes his studies seriously, Rosemary gets over being Arabella's lap dog, Martin learns to be honest, Patrick stops competing with Julian and even Arabella matures a bit.
- Deadpan Snarker: Jenny.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Subverted and lampshaded. At one point, Elizabeth slaps Harry, and Nora tells her to apologize because Harry can't slap her back given that she [Elizabeth] is a girl. Also, Elizabeth gets her hair pulled by a boy on her first night for not going to bed, and then he threatens her.
- Freudian Excuse: Robert bullies children because he is jealous of his little brother and Joan is sullen and awkward because of her parents neglect.
- Grew a Spine: Joan.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Elizabeth.
- Hot-Blooded: Elizabeth.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Elizabeth and Robert.
- Parental Neglect: Joan's parents.
- Poor Communication Kills: This seems to be a very common problem:
- The Naughtiest Girl in the School: Because Joan doesn't tell her parents that she feels ignored, they don't notice it. And because Joan's parents don't tell them that they're still mourning her twin brother's death, she can't understand why they're upset.
- The Naughtiest girl Is a Monitor: Elizabeth had a good reason for thinking that Julian was a thief. If they had talked about it instead of yelling at each other, Elizabeth wouldn't have had to quit being a monitor.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Elizabeth and Joan. Arabella and Rosemary. Eventually Jenny and Kathleen.
- Teen Genius: Julian.
- Ship Tease: Elizabeth and Julian in Anne's Digby's later books.
- Shrinking Violet: Joan initially. Also Rosemary.
- Spoiled Brat: Elizabeth in the first book, Arabella in the third one. Julian also has shades of this.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Elizabeth and Joan. Elizabeth and Arabella.