Wednesday, February 06, 2008

I woke up with a mouthful of cat fur; or, BSC #79: Mary Anne Breaks the Rules

One. I got wicked sick last weekend. Hence, no post. Plus, I'm still nursing a bit of a broken heart, courtesy of the Super Bowl (ultra mega sad face).

Two. If my loyal readers sense a slightly less affectionate tone towards the books I've been blogging about lately, there is a reason. I don't feel even the slightest bit of nostalgia for these later books because I didn't read them when I was a kid. I've blogged most of the books I read when I was younger (with a few notable hard-to-find exceptions), so I'm pretty much reading stuff that I've never read before, and these books are pretty terrible when you're reading them for the first time as a full-fledged adult. They just are. So there.

So, on to the cover of this week's book:



That poor kid on the cover. Not only is he miserable, but he's pudgy and unathletic and he can't even snap his jacket properly. Plus, Mary Anne is totally dressed like a soccer mom. And she's neglecting the Kuhn daughters, cause she's hanging outside with the boys. Oops.

I also didn't know that "boyfriends and baby-sitting don't mix!" Especially since everyone makes a friggin' huge deal about how awesome it is that Logan baby-sits.

Is it plot-tastic? You decide...

Mary Anne's spending a lot time sitting for the recently-divorced Kuhn family (imagine that...she's got a lot of jobs with one family for this book only!), and Jake's all depressed. And MA decides that Jake needs a male in his life. A sporty male. So, without consulting Mrs. Kuhn (who's probably wanting a little male company as well...just sayin'), MA invites Logan to stop by and play with Jake. Play sports, sickos! And Jake's all happy, and he's getting better at sports, and he's getting a lot too attached to Bruno and there's a bunch of description of Jake & Logan being all sporty. Then, Mrs. Kuhn comes home early and finds Logan there. And Mary Anne, being a complete pussy, doesn't try to explain the situation (cause she thinks Mrs. Kuhn will think MA is criticizing her mothering or something--still not entirely sure why), and Logan's off like a shot. And then Mrs. Kuhn calls the BSC, and everyone's all pissed at MA (and she still doesn't fucking explain the situation). AND  they're all fucking paranoid that Mrs. Kuhn will call every parent in the 'Brook and no one will ever use the BSC again! But, of course, they're fucking retarded. And everything gets tied up with a neat little bow at the end.

Subplot-tastic? Not so much...A bunch of the kids decide to have a haunted house (oh, yeah, it's Halloween again somehow), but they get in a tussle about whether it should be funny or gross/scary. So, they have competing ones, and the BSC are only marginally involved. Oh, and it's wicked boring.

Some light reading...

  • There was almost another subplot...Jessi thinks Logan should take up ballet.
  • This book starts with Mary Anne waking up from a dream. Doesn't that happen in a couple of hers?
  • Heh...Mary Anne's all psyched cause "I was caught up with my homework, not one person was mad at me, my boyfriend and I were getting along great, my family was happy, and the Baby-sitters Club was not overwhelmed with work." Wow, she has really high standards...And how many people are normally mad at her? Seriously?
  • "I had picked out my clothes the night before: a brand-new pair of rust-colored corduroy slacks, a blue button-down shirt, and a floral-patterned white cotton sweater. That's my look--Neat Preppy Casual--and I love it." Um, she's a total soccer mom!!!! That sounds like something my mom would wear.
  • Ah, joking around at breakfast. "The Schafer/Spier Morning Comedy Hour." Bitch should hear some of the comedy between me and RNL at breakfast. It might make her blush...
  • Wow, deep Stacey contributes this jewel of wisdom...You never totally get over your parents' divorce. Especially not after like, two months...[shaking head sadly]
  • Ha! Logan's about to strip for the ladies!!! But they get all shy and stop him. Damn shame. Nothing hotter than a 13-year-old boy's bare chest.
  • Kristy attacks Alan Gray at school, and he gets in trouble. The fuck?
  • Shannon wants to take sackbut lessons. And they're way more mature about it than I would've been...
  • It's EXTREEEEEEEEEEME happiness.
  • I thought Patsy Kuhn was way younger than five...I can't keep all these fucking kids straight.
  • Jake "insults" Buddy Barrett by calling him "Cruddy Carrot," and Cruddy, in turn calls Jake "Fake Prune." Yeah...
  • Oh, Stacey..."Stacey was wearing this stunning black double-breasted tuxedo-style suit with a satiny white tank underneath." Yeah, she and Robert had gone to Chez Pierre. And she looked ass.
  • All these bitches tell terrible stories.
  • Jake doesn't even ask his mom if he can have the haunted house. These kids never ask their fucking parents, and their parents never tell them no! The hell?
  • This book was really fucking boring.
  • MA thinks she's "become the great embarrassment of the Baby-sitters Club." Trust me, there's plenty for all the girls to be embarrassed about. Just saying.
  • Why do these girls insist on creating acronyms for everything? Did they go to library school or something?
  • "Having a club doesn't mean anything if we don't support each other?" Wow, Jessi, that borders on deep...
  • Mrs. Arnold calls for an emergency sitter cause she lost one of her contacts and has to get it replaced. Doesn't she have glasses?
  • Carolyn imitates a chicken by saying "buck-buck-buck," and all I could hear was

    [Fuckin' stooges already pulled the video from youtube...it was GOB's chicken dance from Arrested Development...]

  • Groit. Is it a disease? Or an Australian saying great? The world will never know...
  • Logan freaks out cause MA talks about him using makeup! As part of a zombie costume! What if somebody hears?!?!?
  • Alan Gray helps out with one of the haunted houses...Cause he likes to help children. Or something...

Well, that's that. This book was really, really lame. And dull. There wasn't even that much to mock...

114 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've never read this one, but I love that cat fur line.

Elizabeth said...

Jake "insults" Buddy Barrett by calling him "Cruddy Carrot," and Cruddy, in turn calls Jake "Fake Prune." Yeah...

Wait, so is that how "Kuhn" is pronounced or is Buddy shit at comebacks?

Emily said...

Your video isn't working...

Anonymous said...

Jake looks like I kid I went to school with, the same kid who I imagined as Dudley Dursley when I read the Harry Potter books.

Anonymous said...

He SHOULD take up ballet. LISTEN TO JESSI, LOGAN. SHE KNOWS WHAT IS GOOD FOR YOU.

Waoem. A worm located only in Stoneybrook. Let's put one down Karen's shirt.

Tanaqui said...

Man that kid is unfortunate looking.

Does anyone remember when Logan and Mary-Ann had a date (possibly Chez freakin Pierre) and she wore a sequined jumpsuit and he thought she looked “sexy’?
1. Sequined jumpsuit ≠ sexy
2. Is it really fancy french restaurant attire?
3. A 13 year old (aka GHOSTWRITER) was describing another 13 year old as ‘sexy’? Ick

amanda said...

Yay, Tiff's back! Ditto to the Super Bowl induced sad face. :(

I totally remember the Fake Prune/Cruddy Carrot insults, but that's about all I remembered about this book until I read this entry!

my verification word was: ntiukg. Perhaps how Claudia would spell "knitting"? That's all I got. :-p

but then blogger went all wonky and made me post again. this time I got majzh. I got nothin' :-p

eponine said...

Damn Tiff... I was looking at dibbly-fresh this afternoon and I saw this book and was like, "I hope Tiff does this one soon cause it looks bad..."

Blog's still as good as ever..

Htogrsi - A word Claudia uses to describe a hot guy with her mouth full of ringdings

Kelly said...

Isn't there a Chez Pierre in Daria? It's the place Quinn is always trying to get her many love interests to take her.

(Speaking of which, I sure did love it when my eighth-grade boyfriend took me to fancy French restaurants. It was super-fun for my junior-high self to point to foreign words on the menu at random, hoping that what came out would be similar to a cheeseburger; and have the waiter give us the stink-eye because he knew we'd be shitty tippers.)

Nhhyv - a noise made in one of Jessi and Mal's horse books.

Laura said...

Sorry you've been sick and all, but...YAY you are back! Totally happy. I remember reading this book, it wasn't until the point that I realised how Jake's surname was pronounced, I always laboured under the impression that it rhymed with bun.

"Neat Preppy Casual - and I love it!" WHO would say that? Who? Does she also enjoy a good pair of slacks?

Ah, the cable knit pink jumper. I had one, and was sooo happy about it.

Anonymous said...

YAY! You're back. I got this link from 1bruce1 on LJ and have totally fallen in love with your posts. I was eagerly awaiting one. I think I stopped reading when stupid Logan became a Member. Actually, I hated it when Mallory and Jessi did, too. Idiots. Who wants kids to watch kids?

Har har, I remember them making fun of Mall because she dressed up the day of her audition for the BSC or whatever. It's not picture day. Hee! And I'm betting Kristy said that.

MilkMan said...

Hahahaha I LOVE that "Arrested Development" bit! I don't even need the video link because Gob's chicken dance is forever emblazoned in my brain.

PS: Also heartbroken about my beloved Pats...

Kylie said...

Rust coloured pants and a blue shirt? Has Mary Anne been taking colour combination tips from Claudia?

Kait said...

When did Mary Anne cut her hair? When I stopped reading the books it was still on the longer side, as far as I can remember.

kiwimusume said...

Jake "insults" Buddy Barrett by calling him "Cruddy Carrot," and Cruddy, in turn calls Jake "Fake Prune." Yeah...

Dear God, these kids are EIGHT?! My brother used to call people names like that when he was, like, four.

And what the fuck is it with Stacey and tuxedos? I definitely remember another recap where she wore a tuxedo, and I'm sure there were other times too. Is ANM trying to tell us something?

And kait, MA got her hair cut here.

Laura said...

I started thinking about the BSC books last night when I was really ill, and wished I had one to read. I loved them growing up - did a little googling, and that's when I stumbled on your blog. And I have to say, in a non-stalkerish way, I adore you. You made me laugh despite feeling miserable, so thank you!

And how on earth did I miss the fact that they were set in the 80s...? Must be because I'm a pure-blooded child of the 90s. And totally oblivious, it seems!

Ellen K. said...

Keep the snark coming. Your reviews have saved me at least $1.75 every time I browse thrift shop bookshelves. The world needs to know how relying on inconsistent ghost writers will destroy a series.

collybird said...

Oh wow I'm quite impressed that Jake is sort of podgy on the cover because he is referred to as being a little on the big side in one of the books.

Mary Anne is paranoid! Reading this review is actually making me grit my teeth, so many times over the series Mary Anne just lacks the balls to sort things out. I know she's shy but hell I'm shy too but I can still bloody stand up for myself when I need to. A whole book of Mary Anne brooding over something that can be sorted in 30 seconds is just irritating.

colleenn said...

Re: kelly - I've never read this book, and I was also going to ask whether MA and Logan actually went to a place called Chez Pierre or whether that was a Daria reference. :)

In any case, yay Arrested Development and (possibly unintentional) Daria references in one blog! I wish the Gob video hadn't been taken down because I really want to see that clip right now but I'm at work and won't be near my dvds for hours.

And I am also agreeing with the big sadface over the Superbowl...

MICHELLE said...

COMMUNICATION is the key. If Mary Anne had just told Mrs Kuhn the truth about Logan (and she didn't have to insinuate that Mrs. Kuhn was a bad mom, all she had to say was, "Oh, Logan is a member of the BSC and I invited him over to play sports with Jake because I thought he'd have fun.") everything would have been fine. Of course, then there wouldn't have been a book!!

Glad you're feeling better. Thanks for the update.

Anonymous said...

Great recap! No Claudia outfits?

stephanie said...

I just really love this blog. God bless you and keep you well for it.

Manteli said...

I could have SWORN that the fancy restaurant in the BSC was Chez Maurice or something

Ali said...

I love that in BSC-land, er Stonybrooke, holidays can come and go whenever they please. They must have a wildly confusing calendar.

And I will never cease to be surprised that Mary Anne was the first to get a real boyfriend.

Anonymous said...

laura, a good chunk of the books were set in the 90s. The series started in '86 so only about the first 30 books are from the 80s...

manteli, i thought it was chez maurice too.

HersheyX said...

And I thought I overreacted in tense situations....Mary Anne takes the cake. Why didn't she just explain the whole situation when those skanks were attacking her?

PS: You all take all the time you need to get over the Superbowl. I'm feeling the pain as well. :-( I get a similar feeling when Kristy's Krushers
lose.....um...not.

Mehreen said...

Haha, Groit: Spattergroit is the fake disease Ron gives himself in the last Harry Potter. Giants outplayed the Pats, it was a great game, GO NY!! KTCLB: The Kitty Cat Club (Our next series, a club MA starts so Tigger can make friends)

Carrie said...

Nice Arrested Development reference!

I love Mary Anne's reference to her "style." Why are 13-year-olds so obsessed with their styles? And why were ANM/the ghostwriters so obsessed with describing their outfits?

Elizabeth said...

Because someone is always mad at someone in the BSC. Have they ever had a book where they didn't hate each other with a passion for 5 pages? These later books blow nuts.

gdwsh - where you take the Jesus bobblehead in your back window to be cleaned?

Anonymous said...

Tiff, look for your hard to find books here: www.abesbooks.com. Thank's to good old Abe, I now own the ENTIRE BSC library from 1 to 75 and I have ALL of the Super Specials. Squee!

I hated this book and what's sad is that I've never even read it.

emma said...

Mantelli- The restaurant is called the Chez Maurice, so you are right. I remember in one of the books (Dawn and the Impossible Three?) where Mrs. Barrett gets all breathy sounding and is like "Franklin is taking me to the Chez Maurice for dinner tonight. He knows Maurice personally!" And she's saying this to Mallory, cuz everyone knows Mal is the girl to go to when you want to talk about love.
Hey y'all- you know how we've all been predicting that Kristy will grow up to be a lesbian and stuff? I think her partner would be Mal, seeing as how she hates boys and everything, no?
yrwnbjgl- your win ba-jiggle??? lol! One of the Buddy/Jake insults that was tried out before deciding on the carrot/prune thing.

Emma said...

Mehreen- In the third Baby Sitters Little Sister book, Karen wants to have a club just like the BSC, so she invites Hannie and Amanda (who hate each other) over to her house. They all bring their cats (Amanda's purebred Persian cost $400, which she brings up every other sentence), fight about who's the president of the club, and try to pet-sit for other people's cats. Some old lady calls them and tries to line up a pet-sitting job, but she can't read and thinks their 'flier' said the girls were 16, 17, and 18 instead of 6, 7, and 8. Laaaaaaame.

MoieHart said...

I can see why Mrs. Kuhn was upset, Logan looks like he's about 32-years-old on the cover. Stay away from the children, Logan Bruno!
What's sad is that I remember that Halloween subplot, but I don't remember the main plot of the book.

Anonymous said...

If you are looking for more old bsc books I have a bunch and I could mail you some you don't have. I just don't know which ones you would want. If you're interested email my alternate thespiders@gmail.com and ask. If anyone reading this comment is interested, let me know too.

-Jill

MoxieHart said...

Also, I think that Mary Anne was the inspiration for Suri Cruise/Katie Holmes's haircuts.

UneFemmePlusCourageuse said...

I honestly don't see how a thirteen-year-old is supposed to be a 'role model' for anyone. Just seems a bit weird to me.
There was also a Chez Pierre on the show Hey Arnold!, by the way--and Chez Paris (pair-ee) was right across the street from it, leading to much consternation for pretty much everyone in one episode I remember. And it's hard for me to believe that either the thirteen-year-old BSC members or the nine-year-old Hey Arnold! characters want to go to fancy French restaurants very often.
Flguyxrm--Claudia flusterdly greeting a new guy from Florida while eating Gummi worms.

UneFemmePlusCourageuse said...

Elizabeth--
Your "god wash" made me crack up. Thank you. I love the absurdity.

Mine is kaexbnez--Claudia's spelling of "Cake Bunnies," a new treat she found just before Easter

Lindsay M said...

In which book do Mary Anne and Logan go to a Halloween party dressed as characters from Andrew Lloyd Webber's "CATS"????? Does anybody else remember that? They had the whole get up (according to MA's oh-so-eloquent description): wigs, tights, make-up. I imagine Logan wore a dance belt. (Actually, if I remember correctly, his costume was a bit more thrown-together than hers, maybe she got mad, and Cokie Mason made fun of them or something)

Geez, even when I was 10, I knew that CATS costumes were totally lame. Which, of course, only amplifies the inherent lameness of MA, herself.

Anonymous said...

That was Mary Anne's Bad Luck Mystery! According to Mary Anne, Logan was a "rough, tough tomcat." Okay.

Emiline said...

I just found your blog. This is so great. I'm telling you, I was obsessed with these books. I have a ton of them.
Going to go read some older posts now.

valuemeal2 said...

ANM must be a secret music nerd. I was so excited when Shannon mentioned a sacbut, because that's been my favorite instrument for a while. And then in #101, Anna goes as Hildigard von Bingen for Halloween. Um... WHAT THE HELL???

Anonymous said...

Jake doesn't even ask his mom if he can have the haunted house. These kids never ask their fucking parents, and their parents never tell them no! The hell?


I tried this one time when I was about 11 or 12, I invited some friends over for a sleepover when my mum was out shopping because she'd already said no. Being polite, she didn't want to chuck them out, so she waited until they left to go ape shit crazy. I never tried that again, haha.



And groit? Yeahhhh, I've never said it that way.


Plus, chicken dance, yay! :D

Anonymous said...

no Claudia outfits?? so sad.

Love the blog!!

Anonymous said...

He was a rough, tough tomcat in a fake fur pantsuit. He must have smelled really attractive.

sexy sadie said...

Stacey's tuxedo outfit sounds quite nice. A nice outfit in a BSC book. Fancy that!

Anonymous said...

Hooray, you're back! Hope your sickness wasn't too bad.
Funny thing: I ordered a couple BSC books on ebay and they came wrapped in wax paper, like Dawn's lunches!
VW: yoxjh. Claudia trying to spell yak.

Ryan said...

Daria! Wow, that brings back (awkward) memories, as I was often compared to her (as well as Lisa Loeb and Janeane Garafalo, oddly enough) all through school. I, for one, happen to love that your posts aren't on any kind of schedule. It makes the whole thing that much better.

I think Mary Anne DID inspire Katie Holmes - she is in the right age group!

Pffffft! I bet that sequined jumpsuit was hella sexy. . .

I have a hard time deciding which is funnier, the posts or the comments. You guys are awesome.

xrgbjilog - what happens when they put Claudia in charge of the babysitting job log. (Sorry, that one wasn't that great. Will try harder next time.)

Heather said...

Oh holy shit. I read the shit out of some BSC when I was a kid. When you're done with these, can you please do Sweet Valley Twins?

history_lite said...

Groit? It's pronounced GRAYT!!! Or Greyt, if you're me. Damn fake Australians.

kiwimusume said...

heather - you can get your Sweet Valley Twins fix here. :D

And re the Australian accents, I remember one book (possibly one of the ones from Logan's pov?) describing the Australian accent as "like British with a twang". My mum is British, and I still remember her "WTF?!" when I repeated that to her.

jqlyn - how Claudia spells the name of a new babysitting charge who we will never hear about again.

kaitlyn said...

I am really happy I found your blog. I have been obsessed with rereading the bsc lately. I recently ordered a few of the British versions of the books (if you think the BSC looks bad in the American version you have got to see these). I am so intrigued by all the later books and the new series, BSC:Friends Forever, even though I know they will be horrible. It's like an addiction.

Anyway, great blog, great insights.

Pamela said...

Does anyone know what the site is for the BSC e-books?

jud0ch0p said...

try this:
http://www.hulu.com/embed/2DlA6W9tvLn40MJO8p0CTQ
from 6:37 to 7:33. ;)

Anonymous said...

kiwimusume- my old neighbour went backpacking around England, and worked in a pub to fund her travels.

One night this English guy goes to her, "Stop that!"

"What?"

"Stop putting on that fake retarded English accent."

"I'm not doing anything."

"Well, stop talking in that fake, stupid accent."

"I'm Australian, this is an Australian accent."

"Oh."


So, Australian accents are retarded versions of English accents.

Of course, English people wouldn't say GROIT, they'd say- Oh, lovely guv'nor :P

Michelle said...

Several things.
1. You didn't point out the super awesome foreshadowing when MA says that she's happy no one is mad at her right now.
2. I did not have a boyfriend in 8th grade, but did not know anyone who did whose bf took them out on a date ever, except the movies. My 12th grade bf did not take me to a fancy french restaurant. Hey wait, no bf has taken me to a fancy french restaurant. The fuck?
3. Claudia usually rocks the tuxedo look, I thought.
4. I love my 11 1/2 year old brother but I would never have him babysit for anyone. He's only old enough to stay home alone & take care of himself.
5. I know what you mean about not enjoying these later books, I read some recently that I never did as a child & just hate hate hated them. Plus Abby pisses me off.
6. Shouldn't Mrs. Kuhn have recognized Logan as a fellow babysitter & not been so weirded out? Would it have been different if she came back to Claudia and Logan instead?

Anonymous said...

Maybe you should quit writing these blogs. Your earlier posts rocked, but the later ones are just depressing and angry...

Amy W. said...

Did anyone actually GO on dates when they were 13? Especially to a decent restaurant? Do you see what (among many things) is somewhat WRONG with this picture?

missworld22883 said...

oh tiff, i love love love your posts! it makes me so excited when i check your blog and i see a new posting! i was soo obsessed with the BSC when i was little, and i have become re-obsessed over the last few years. i always thought i was alone in my obsession, but it feels good to know that i am not the only one. as for the people who comment saying they don't like tiff's posts because they are too angry or whatever, why do you still continue to read them then?? this is her blog and she can write whatever she wants to write. for me personally, practically everything she writes is something that has gone through my head at one point or another. tiff, keep up the good work!

burtonfanatic said...

So glad you are back! I'm re-reading Mary Anne and the Great Romance and there are so many snark worthy lines. The later books do get lamer and lamer, so kudos to you for putting yourself through them for our reading pleasure.

ebljb- The kind of kids Stacey is destine to have.

Anonymous said...

"ebljb- The kind of kids Stacey is destine to have."

I...don't get it. Explain, please?

burtonfanatic said...

ebljb- Kind of like Illegitimate.
Yeah, that's all I had at the time.

Anonymous said...

if you haven't seen this before, http://www.rinkworks.com/bookaminute/b/martin.babysitters.shtml

Phyllis said...

Mrs. Arnold calls for an emergency sitter cause she lost one of her contacts and has to get it replaced. Doesn't she have glasses?

Perhaps she's vain. I went to high school with a girl who refused to ever wear her glasses again, even when she lost both contacts and could barely see. She had a friend lead her around.

Anonymous said...

Another great place to get missing BSC books is paperbackswap.com. And you can unload the ones you've already recapped there too.

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ACG said...

Pbbbth. Never stop being angry, sarcastic, and bitter. Your early posts were amusing, but these are inspired. I live for the bitter.

ilovejunk said...

I love my 11 1/2 year old brother but I would never have him babysit for anyone. He's only old enough to stay home alone & take care of himself.

Dude, that is the #1 thing that bothered me about these books as a kid: how 11 was this magical age where you were suddenly an adult or something. Seriously! The triplets needed a babysitter, but Mal could babysit practically the second she turned 11. I mean, Mal always did seem more responsible than the triplets, but still, 11 is awfully young to be watching other people's kids. I knew some people who babysat like, their own siblings when they were 11 or 12, but that was it. Also the books gave me false expectations that once I turned 11 I'd be practically a teenager. Stupid ANM gave me so many unrealistic ideas.

uadjbwq - Dish served at Jessi's Kwanzaa festival

Anonymous said...

lurk lurk lurk

MikaRenee said...

Love this site! Grew up on these books and I don't think I ever realized that any of them took place in the 80s until now. I so wanted some of Claudia's outfits. Looking back, I am very ashamed of that fact.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I remember when Aunt Cecilia freaked out when the Ramseys leave Jessi alone to watch Squirt and Becca one weekend (the shipwrecking one). Jessi's all self righteous about it...oh, and by the way, Jessi thinks it's a terrible idea to call her parents to let them know their 8 year old daughter is lost in a storm at sea because it would ruin their vaca. Tell me again why leaving an eleven year old in charge is a good idea?

Hannah said...

Ummm...Jessi doesn't celebrate Kwanzaa...oh but wait, she's black so I guess we can just make that assumption??? Nice

Hannah said...

Or, then again maybe she did celebrate it in some lame book I never read...if so, that's pretty dumb on the writers part...way to stereotype

Anonymous said...

will you ever write another blog? we miss you terribly.

kylie said...

Jessi celebrated Kwanzaa in "Happy Holidays Jessi."

Anonymous said...

okay this might be the next great book of American history: #106, Claudia, Queen of the Seventh Grade.

exactly as awesome as it sounds

Anonymous said...

There is also some other book where Jessi celebrates Kwanzaa. Or rather, Becca talks about celebrating it.

ccssle: How Kristy says "casserole" while she has some in her mouth.

ilovejunk said...

I like how I'm suddenly racist because I read a book someone else didn't. Who's making assumptions now?

I actually rather liked that book. To this day I'm one of the only people among my friends who has any idea what Kwanzaa is, so that may be one of the few times a BSC book taught me anything somewhat useful. Although the information is, of course, rammed down your throat pretty hard. ANM never could teach anything in a subtle way.

pnepy - Claudia's spelling of Mary Anne's "look"

Kristie said...

I love your blog, but feel it needs more Karen bashing. Have you ever considered reviewing the Little Sister books?

kiwimusume said...

Pbbbth. Never stop being angry, sarcastic, and bitter. Your early posts were amusing, but these are inspired. I live for the bitter.

A-FUCKING-MEN! Long live the bitter!

Anonymous at 2:55pm, I have a Great Idea. Greater than the BSC Marching band; maybe even greater than the BSC itself. Greater even than growing a pair and using a name when you bash someone. Anyway, my great idea is...STOP READING IT!

What do I win for coming up with this brainwave? Do I get to run a baby-sitting cult now?

cokie mason said...

yes, typing in the name "kiwimusume" takes a tremendous amount of courage. i seem to recall you saying in some of the other blog entries that people were using that name to comment but they weren't, in fact, you? what does that tell you?

2:55 anonymous was just giving their opinion, and not even in a particularly mean way. i thought that's what adding comments was for?

kiwimusume said...

Lookit me!

I can write anything and I have great balls because I type a "name."

Because it's totally not possible to rip off someone else's "name" eh?

BTW, I think Tiff is a big girl and can handle random comments. I seriously doubt anyone is losing sleep over critism posted on a baby-sitter's club blog.

Also, I enjoy how if someone's nose isn't so far up the blogger's ass their face isn't brown, they are called out as a troll.

Doesn't it tell you something when the blogger doesn't even respond to the comments because, clearly, she is not bothered by it. So, why are you?

The only thing lamer than the BSC is the people who are so uptight about this blog. I just don't get it.

Calm the fuck down y'all (I'm typing this in my best Logan voice, btw).

Cosette said...

Amen to the kiwimusume who was not the real kiwimusume!

Yes, I have balls, I call myself Eponine on here, consistently.

But look... I just changed my name! And how again is it ballsy to type a random name in the comment box? Yes, it took me five more seconds than it did for someone to click anonymous. People who take five seconds to type a name are just made of awesome!

said...

Seriously, I just don't understand why there were very regular posts to this blog when not many people read it, but now that there is a huge following it's rarely updated. I'm not bashing, I'm just saying. I think if you don't want to do it anymore or just don't have the time, just say so, it's really not that big of a deal, I'd just like to know so I can stop checking for an update every 5 minutes because I do love reading this blog! Please post more entries, but if you aren't going to, at least let us know.

Anonymous said...

not once have i ever seen a 13 year old girl in a tuxedo.
but whatever, guess they do things differently in america where they say great instead of groit

Anonymous said...

Wha? No new post? That's totally stale. I guess I'll have to throw on my flowered leggings or my tuxedo (I'm super sophisticated that way) and hit the town. Maybe I'll start a circus with the kids in the neighborhood.

Kristen said...

Would it be ultra lame if someone (or really, me) started a similar blog about BSC books? I don't want to be like those girls in the Truth About Stacey who tried to steal all of the BSC's business, I just think it would be fun - I have been sucked into rereading all the old BSC books, anyway and have been wanting to start some type of blog.

Anonymous said...

community.livejournal/bsc_snark is really good...

Kat said...

I don't really have much to say. Except my work verification is:
Divly.
Divinely Dibble of course.

Dearallwendywhiners said...

Many bloggers actually have lives outside of their computer worlds. These include things such as jobs, activities, family, friends and many other things not involving blogs or BSC books. And they often like to have fun away from their keyboards. Plus, in order to blog about a book, you have to take time to READ THE BOOKS.

Hey Tiff, simultaneously read
#106,Claudia, Queen of the Seventh Grade as suggested and type up a witty and angry blog about #118, Kristy Thomas, Dog Trainer (please if you haven't, don't read it).

And yes, start your own BSC/YA blogs so I can read them. But make sure you update every hour as not to disappoint those fans who need to get out a bit more...

wadeva - Claudia's response to Stacy's sarcasm during their last fight over who was more stylish.

kiwimusume said...

OMG! SOMEONE POSTED ANONYMOUSLY!!!! That's so bad, you need to use a name! Or else bad things will happened to you because you you're so lame and cowardly!!!

and the link is community.livejournal.com/bsc_snark... duh. If you were smart enough to use a name you would KNOW THAT

kiwimusume said...

tomorrow marks 3 weeks since tiff's last post...just wanted to let those of you who are keeping a tally know! :)

and can everyone call themselves kiwimusume now? hahaha.

thingstodowithyourtime said...

1 - get Rosetta Stone and learn one of their 23 languages. Then u can complain in a whole dialect.

2 - Find another blog to keep you busy. Or make your own.

3 - Think of a new username so you can quit hyjacking kiwimusume's.

It is kind of sad that people have none of their own creativity.

Anonymous said...

oh please...

Anonymous said...

and btw, it's hijack.

Anonymous said...

People seriously can't work out why Tiff updates less often now? Look at the comments, for fuck's sake. I wouldn't want to come back and find this bullshit in my blog.

I only come here to find snark written by Tiff, not stupid shit over anonymous commenting and OH NOES SHE HASN'T UPDATED AGAIN THIS WEEK I HAVE TO KILL MYSELF crap.

If you look back at the earlier (regular) updates, comments were all pretty positive and fun.

Now Tiff could have any reason for not updating, but if this was my blog I'd have run a fucking mile once this shit started.

dear all nameless losers said...

Dear Anonymous (various people ,perhaps the same person?),

You seem angry yourself, and why do you care who else posts here or what they post? GET YOUR OWN BLOG IF YOU CARE SO MUCH

Plus, if you only come to this blog to read the main post, than why are you even READING THE COMMENTS. They seem to promote the anger in you.

Finally, since when did Anonymous become a synonym for Spell-Check?
Actually, a slip of my finger caused the error between "y" and "i". But I suppose since you are so all-knowing and perfect, you must never make ANY mistakes when you are typing.

Again, find better things to do with your time than correcting spelling errors on a BSC blog!!!

KISS MINE!!! I am going to find a happier blog, never to return to this downhill slide into emo land.

Kristen said...

I think this is what would have happened if the BSC took place in the 2000s and the girls blogged about there sitting jobs instead of writing it in the club notebook.

I can see it now:

Kristy - OMG, no one has posted in days and I KNOW you all had sitting jobs. this weekend. You better shape up or I will fire you all.

Mary Anne - Sorry, Kristy, I'll do whatever you ask. You are such a wonderful president and my best friend.

Stacy - Chill, Kristy. Some of us have multiple boyfriends to sleep with and we don't have time to write.

Claudia - Staycie iss writ, Christee. Blugin is note the mst imprtent thng.

Jessi - That's right, ballet is. BTW, did you all know I am black?

Mallory - I like to blog, but I didn't have a job, because I have had mono for three years. I hate my life. It is so not dibble.

Dawn - Mono is bad for the earth. you are such an awful person Mallory.

Anonymous said...

If only people didn't bother to call the anonymous comments out because they can't stand their negativity, then it wouldn't degenerate into this! Just IGNORE the negative anonymity. Problem solved, people.

kaytiegirl said...

Lucky me! I just got back from vacation so the last 2 postings are new to me!

My, my, there are some instigators commenting here; aren’t there?
I agree the commentary on this blog has gotten very negative since the New Year; it would turn me off from posting too! Stay positive people! Everyone knows the winter blues are hard and most people are itching for spring. Please do not take your frustrations out on other innocent bloggers who are just looking for a good time! Maybe we need to have a Baby-Sitters Club Headquarters group cognitive therapy session :)

Kristen: I like your post :) Start your screenplay for the sequel to the Baby-Sitters Club movie. Since they never age and look different on every cover, you could just pick up like no time has gone by with new actors and a new decade!

bananarama said...

OMG! Wait, no! Have I been brought back to high school? Amazing that a blog about juvenile books has regressed to such immaturity.

Ryan said...

I think you may be on to something, there, Kristen. That was hilarious.

Emma said...

Kristen: LOL! I love the "did you know I'm black?" Let's give fun facts to the other characters! If I may continue...

Kristy- YOU ALL SIGNED ON A WHOLE MINUTE LATE!!! OMG, I have an idea! Let's advertise for the BSC blog on the Internet! Parents will totally look at pop-up ads. We can pay for it with the 50¢ dues that you groan about giving up every Monday! By the way, did you know my mom married a millionaire?

Mary-Anne- Kristy, that is the most beautiful idea I've ever heard! *sob* I'll write it down, because I have mad secretarial skills. By the way, did you know I have a steady boyfriend who looks like Cam Geary?

Stacey- I'm going to the Big Apple this weekend to sleep with my 16-year-old boyfriend, Ethan! I have to leave this meeting early to go get my hair permed, though, so see ya! By the way, did you know I have diabetes?

Claudia- Stasy wile you ar thier in new yurk will you go to the metropa Met meta Art musum by the way did you no i am japanese and have perfct skin and har even tho i eat noting But candy

Abby- ACHOO! ACHOO! Sorry, guys, I'm allergic to the Internet. ACHOO! By the way, did you know I'm Jewish?

Logan- Hey, y'all. Ah lahk this bloggin' thang much bettah than meetin' three tahms a wayk! No one can tayll who Ah aym on thuh Innahnayt, so Ah ain't gotta admit ta bein' a mayle baybaysittah. Bah thuh
way, did y'all know Ah'm from Luhvulle?

Shannon: Sorry I haven't been sitting lately, I've been busy at Stoneybrook Day School. It's an expensive private school for rich people like me. By the way, did you know I go to an expensive private school instead of SMS?

Someone else can do the rest, I'm getting bored ;)

the real kiwimusume said...

To all the people who are hijacking my name:

Thank you! I'm flattered that I am worthy of so many people's time! It seems that some people now think of me every time someone posts an anonymous comment, and while the point my of post wasn't to attack all anonymous posters, (I could kiss Anonymous at 3:43am, for example), it's still really sweet of you. Come and have a hug! :D

me said...

dear all nameless losers, YOU'RE the one who seems angry. God. Sensitive about your spelling much?...

Lisa said...

I'd laugh so hard if Tiff was disguising herself as an anonymous poster ;)

The comments used to be fun :( I'm taking someone's suggestions up there and not reading them anymore :(

Makes me sad/mad/annoyed when every little thing on the internet finally evolves into 101% bitchiness.

Anonymous said...

I thought that too, Lisa!!

Kristen said...

Someone else can do the rest, I'm getting bored ;)

Dawn - I like blogging because it is SO much better for the earth. We don't waste paper with a real record book and Charlie doesn't have to use all the gas to drive Kristy here. Speaking of which, he should really drive a hybrid. Everyone in California drives a hybrid. In fact, everyone is perfect in California. BTW - you all do remember I am from California, right?

Mallory - Of course we do!!1! It is so dibble. I wish I was a California girl!! My life would be so much better if only I was blonde1!!1! And if I was 13.
Hey, did you all know I have seven brothers and sisters?

Jessi - You guys are so off topic. The important thing is, do you remember I am black?

Alexa said...

Are you done posting? I understand if you are, it's obviously your decision, I'd just like to know so that I can stop checking for updates every half hour.

Tannaqui said...

Haha Kristin!
If only those mini dialogues accompanied every book.
You know, from the BSCers own mouths :)

Maybe that will feed the hungry masses for a while.

And Tiff, please write more, you have me addicted like whoa ^_^

Liss said...

Don't be hard on Tiff. She's done loads of great blog posts in the last few years and it's difficult updating when she's done all of the books she read growing up. I guess the only thing I could suggest is either re-blogging some of the books she's already blogged but with new stuff or blogging on a topic or theme concerning the BSC as opposed to an individual book.

Anonymous said...

Logan wouldn't really be able to baby-sit these days, what with all the child molesting stuff you hear on the news. I worked at a pre-school and the one guy who worked there couldn't be alone with the kids even though there weren't very many of them so I had to stay back there with him.

So we predict Kristy is gay? Well Stacey's the one wearing the men's clothing!

creativemachine said...

re: Kristen
"Jessi - You guys are so off topic. The important thing is, do you remember I am black?"

HA! I lol'd so hard at that!! What a brilliant idea. Srsly, there should be a thread (perhaps on this blog, perhaps elsewhere) where anyone can make up that kind of stuff. How bout it guys?

Vword: Hydrubst - the colour of Mary Anne's new corduory pants.

creativemachine said...

re: Kristen
"Jessi - You guys are so off topic. The important thing is, do you remember I am black?"

HA! I lol'd so hard at that!! What a brilliant idea. Srsly, there should be a thread (perhaps on this blog, perhaps elsewhere) where anyone can make up that kind of stuff. How bout it guys?

First vword: Hydrbust - the colour of mary annes new corduory pants

second vword: koolosp - Claudia trying to pronounce the name of a new Icypole with it stuck in her mouth. Sry, best i could come up with

**New idea - thread just for these made-up definitions...not just to record, but to add extra suggestions and edit and stuff too :)

creativemachine said...

Lol, sry i posted that twice... i didn't think it was working the first time... guess i just had a Claudia moment...


New Vword: Unctersi - random relative to one of the girls from some random state (probably made up - since that's the way AMM likes to play) who turns up to every major family event (weddings, etc) but is never mentioned.