Sunday, November 16, 2008

AHHH Baby-Sitters Club *Glomps*

Time and again, I'll get nostalgic (or, in my case, nostragic) about my childhood, as a wittle bitty munchkin who loved reading super-long series of books, who used to lock herself in her room for days on end during her summer vacations and pour over books, and who used to practically live at the library. Yesterday was one of those days, and by pure chance, I was talking to my friend Taren during my passage down Memory Lane. We were web browsing together (you know, sending funny links back and forth) and...

She reminded me of my utter obsession/fascination/infatuation with the Baby-Sitters Club books! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

I WAS OBSESSED. I think I even have 70 of the books I managed to buy at my local used bookstore in storage. Being 11 and all, I marveled at the freedom these girls had and how much adults respected them. Seriously, I longed to live in Stoneybrook, catch a glimpse of Claudia in her so-called fabulous attire, get a feel of Stacey's sophistication (though she looks fugly on her portrait on the side of the covers), and see Mary-Anne and Logan be in their Serious Adult Relationship. (Speaking of which, I think I cried when they broke up on #41, Mary Anne Vs. Logan. Sigh.) I WANTED TO BABYSIT THE PIKE KIDS SO BADLY.

Taren shared a spectacular site for recaps on the books: BSC Central. Am currently making my way through the archives, and wow, so many memories flooding back. Congrats to the author for keeping it snarky and real.

Speaking of snarky, what in the fresh hell is this??

A GRAPHIC NOVEL???? Anyone know if it's any good? The cover certainly makes the series feel like it's for a younger set than the ancient covers did.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

i luvd BSC to!!! my fav caracter was kristy. LUVD her.

WannabeWriter said...

I liked the BSC too! I read one or two of the graphic novels. They're not really different, just that there are graphics. If anything, I think they were pretty much the same, only easier to read since ... well, they're like comics. :]

Taren said...

Steph, you rule my world! When you're in the states you'll have to hit up a used bookstore and load up on some BSC.

Amee said...

Yay, another BSCer. I'm still trying to find a bracelet I had back when I was a kid. It came with the 100th book.

Alea said...

Ahh BSC! I totally have (yes still do) the two games and I think the Claudia doll! I remember thinking it was way cooler than my old fashioned American Girl Samantha doll! I saw the "graphic novels" at my comic book store and was like what is going on here! I guess they are trying to make it hip for all the manga loving little girls?

sweetmelissa818 said...

Me and my best friend in elementary school were completely obsessed. I borrowed most of my books from her. We LOVED those books. I'm not sure I like the thought of the graphic novels, but the sad reality today is that some kids won't read a book without pictures. It's too bad.

Reader Rabbit said...

I loved the BSC too.

Now I have an urge to go reread them =_=

Eli said...

Babysitter's club is THE SHIZ, yo.

Eli said...

Babysitter's club is THE SHIZ, yo.

Eli said...

Okay, for some reason it printed my comment twice... and also before I was done SILLY COMPUTER GNOMES. THEY BE HARSHIN' MY MELLOW.

I was GOING to say that Claudia was my favorite, and also that

Eli said...

OKAY, WHAT THE HELL!?!?!

Blogger just cut me off AGAIN? REALLY?

Dude, I'm not even going to try anymore. I quit. The towel, I have thrown it in. Up has been given.

Carol(ina) said...

I have never read a BSC book. *gasps*

Paradox said...

I read the first graphic novel, and the artist did a great job of updating the stories so they weren't so... 80s and 90s. The art was really good too!

I also used to love the BSC. I must have had over 50 of the books, including super specials, portraits/"autobiographies" of the characters, the books about Karen, the mysteries, and even one of the super mysteries. I always hated how the characters were introduced in each book with the same stock first chapter, though.

Steph said...

Eli - you're just so special :P

Paradox - YES, I hated that, too! But oh well. I can probably recite all of the characters' characteristics as a result :)

Nice to see so many people loved these! Carol, I don't know how much you'd enjoy them now... Shame you didn't read these when you were in elementary school/6th grade. (Yes, I read them all the way up to 6th grade. But I also read Gossip Girl [summer before 7th] and Gingerbread and stuff then, so boo!)

Steph

Steph

Amee said...

Haha, I still enjoy them now and I'm 22. There isn't an age limit! Only when you're trying to read above your maturity level, otherwise there is no limit. ;)

Steph said...

Ahh but I doubt it would be the same pure infatuation you feel when you're 9 or 10 or 11 or whatever and are only discovering it then and you're like OMG I WANNA BE THEM. I'd probably still enjoy it now - though would most likely be very picky - but it's not the same.

Khyrinthia said...

I've not read any of these either. I was more of a Harry Potter, Fudge (You know, those books my the amazing Judy Blume) girl

Alyssa said...

I loved BSC too. I remember saving up for weeks so I could buy The Complete Guide to the Baby-Sitters Club. I even had one or two of thier videos!

Abby said...

I loved the BSC, too. And I am a big fan of the graphic novels, too. They're really close to the original storylines (which, in my mind, is a good thing).

Sarah Quigley said...

Do you have ESP, Steph? I was thinking about the BSC just yesterday and pondering rereading a few for old time's sake (my favorite was #8, BOY CRAZY STACEY). I remember feeling supremely disappointed when I discovered that I could never visit Stoneybrook because it wasn't a real town.

Anonymous said...

I miss old layout so much! :(

Diana Peterfreund said...

I was more into the Anastasia books (Lois Lowry) and Christopher Pike than BSC or Sweet Valley.

Steph, you should check out Jezebel's FINE LINES articles. They look back at hte books we loved as children.

AC said...

Oh gosh. I had 72 BSC books (including the mysteries and Supers) before I finally grew out of them in like fifth grade. I think I still have them. I wanted to *be* Claudia. (and omg, the Pike kids, I'd totally forgotten!)

The BSCers are supposed to be cool middle school kids--why do they look like second-graders on the cover of the new graphic novel? In second grade, I wanted to read about cool older kids (like those *mature* eigth-graders), not kids my own age!

Pikealicious said...

Growing up, my cousins owned the Babysitters Club VHS series, and we totally watched them everytime we went over there. It was the best! And I have read the first couple graphic novels in the series, and they are just like the original books.

Katie Alender said...

I loved the Babysitters Club... I used to go to K-Mart every month and buy the new book for $2.50. I even named my cat Tigger, after Mary Anne's (sp?) cat. I'm 100% sure that reading those books made me a better babysitter--I was quite sought-after.

If you want to feel old, try thinking about how they're all in their 30s now. Ugh.

Katie Alender said...

Uh, I mean they WOULD BE in their 30s... you know, if they existed.

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