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Saturday, April 3, 2010
Why wasn't I informed??
Seriously, folks. Why didn't I know about this? A BABYSITTERS CLUB PREQUEL?!
Can we take a moment and just majorly flashback? Okay, here we go:
--My absolute favorite BSC book was Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls. It was the first book I ever read that really freaked me out, and when it did, I KNEW it was good. It made me feel Claudia's fear. I think that may have influenced my own writing; I wanted to make people feel something like that book made me feel something.
--I desperately wanted BSC dolls, so I took what Barbies I had and assigned each of them rolls. I had a Kristy doll (one of Barbie's brown-haired girlfriends), a Stacey doll (Barbie), a Claudia doll (Pocahontas), a Dawn doll (Cinderella), a Mallory doll (Stacy, Barbie's little sister), a Mary Anne doll (Belle), a Jessie doll (an interracial Barbie) and even a Logan doll (Ken, of course). I used to line them all up while watching The Babysitters Club Movie and act out scenes. Why yes, I was super cool and innovative. Thanks for noticing.
Which leads me to:
--The BSC Movie! Oh me oh my, I can't even put into words how much this movie meant to me. Means to me. Watching it totally takes me back to being six-seven, sitting on the carpet in front of the TV with all my "BSC dolls", and planning how I was going to start my own club. Even though I REALLY hated babysitting. But those girls were so connected -- and that's what I wanted most of all. This connection:
Ann M. Martin did an incredible job creating that sense of belonging. Even if you didn't believe the characters or the setting or the story, you BELIEVED their friendship. You knew these girls would be friends forever. And knowing that made you believe it was possible to have that kind of connection.
Did you read the BSC books? Which was your favorite?