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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?


Anonymous said...

Wow, major flashback mode!

I don't know if I can choose a favorite...it was so long ago and I wasn't nearly as into the series as some of my friends were. I don't think I read the whole series, maybe half. But I do remember seeing the movie; I was about eleven.

I remember I read the silly Sweet Valley High series, probably much younger than I should've (around 9-12). I also LOVED The Boxcar Children as well as every single American Girl book (confession: I still re-read Felicity's stories :P And I still have my Felicity doll proudly displayed in my study :P)

Mariah Irvin said...

I LOVED those books. I was seriously obsessed. Jessie was my favorite because she did ballet like me.

How old was Logan?! I can't remember, but he looks too old for Stacey!

Sara Raasch said...

Mariah -- The guy in the video is Luca, some other guy that Stacey starts dating. Actually her age was the whole plot between them -- she was 13, he was 17, I think. Logan is only in a few scenes.

Leigh Hutchens Burch said...

I was obsessed, too! I remember how excited I was when a new Super Special came out. I knew it would be longer than the regular books and all the more exciting to read. :)

I loved Stacy McGill. I wanted to BE her -- all fashion forward and fantastic and whatnot.

Did you ever watch the videotapes - I think they came out before the movies. In one, Stacy got to walk in a fashion show. It was awesome.

Totally reading the Prequels!!

Talli Roland said...

I didn't read these, sadly. Sounds like they're pretty cool, though!

Renee Collins said...

My twin sister got way into these books. Me, not as much. I did read a few of the Super Specials. Those were pretty awesome. :)

I think Claudia was my favorite.

Jade said...


Words can't express the flashback I just had.

Thanks Sara!

lora96 said...

I was a Mary-Anne fan and my faves were (of course) #10 Logan Likes MaryAnne and Superspecial 1 Babysitters on Board.

Ahh, good times.

Always liked Claudia's outfits the best---I wanted to BE her.