I was perusing one of my favorite blogs yesterday, What Claudia Wore, which was fabulous as always, when I realized just how far ahead of its time The Baby-Sitter’s Club series was. The Baby-Sitter’s Club, or the BSC as all the cool kids called it, was probably my favorite book series as a kid. I don’t know what it was that made me like the series so much. Was it the fact that the second chapter in every single book contained the exact same description of the main characters? Kristy Thomas’ weird obsession with turtlenecks? Dawn Schafer’s healthy eating habits? Mallory Pike’s unfortunate life? Stacey McGill’s hot boyfriend from the movie adaptation of the series circa 1995? Whatever it was, I was hooked.
Anyway, if you didn’t read the BSC, then you totally missed out. The books that gave third grade girls around the world unrealistic expectations for what being 13 was going to be like. I don’t know about you but my thirteenth year did not include a cruise with seven of my best friends, solving mysteries, or winning the lottery. Also, I can’t be the only person who never thought baby-sitting was as fun as the books made it seem.
As unrealistic as the series may have been, I think that everyone’s favorite girls from Stoneybrook, Connecticut would still be extremely relevant in the world we live in today. For example, let’s take a look at Claudia Kishi, club Vice President and artist extraordinaire. Claudia was by far the coolest BSC member, I don’t know what she was doing hanging out with that crowd. Oh well, we all make mistakes. I like to think that in high school Claudia moved on to bigger and better. Anyway, the best part about Claudia’s character was definitely her dibbly fresh (please tell me someone gets this reference) fashion sense. The descriptions of Claudia’s outfits were always my favorite parts of the books, and the blog What Claudia Wore is actually entirely dedicated to this subject. An outfit below:
“Anyway, Claudia the Chocoholic is thin, blemish-free, and stunning. She’s Japanese-American, with gorgeous jet-black hair and almond-shaped eyes. And her outfits are as abstract as her paintings. That day, for example, she was wearing this super-baggy men’s shirt that must have once belonged to a sumo wrestler, enormous light wool black trousers gathered at the waist with a silken sash, and old work boots. Her hair was pulled back with a barrette in the shape of a set of teeth. Very original, very cool.” #83 Stacey vs. The BSC
Basically these days Claudia and Lady Gaga would be best friends. The entire series was just full of these ridiculously awesome outfits. Claudia was also notorious for wearing leggings, tunics, high tops, men’s button-up shirts, ballet flats, neon colors…I pretty much just described the current fall issue of every women’s magazine. I want Claudia’s wardrobe, and I think I could maybe pull off half of it. Probably not any of the hair accessories.
And now let’s turn our attention to the original members of The Jersey Shore, the BSC. That’s right, those baby-sitters were rocking the shore back in 1987. In the literary masterpiece that was #7 Boy-Crazy Stacey Stacey McGill was basically your typical Angelina, blowing off her job for a gorilla juicehead on the beach. Except Angelina was selling t-shirts at a stand on the shore and Stacey was entrusted with taking care of actual human beings. Luckily, Mary Anne “Sammi Sweetheart” Spier was there to save the day, and she ended up taking care of the kids while finding the time to meet her very own Ron. Our girls returned to the shore in #34 Mary Anne and Too Many Boys when Mary Anne “Sweetheart” became quite the heartbreaker. Just like Sammi, Mary Anne was definitely not as sweet as she looked. The party continued in Super Special #10 Sea City, Here We Come! when the whole gang journeyed to the shore. Basically, those baby-sitters were living it up while Snooki and the Situation were in grade school.
This is just a small sampling of the great impact that the BSC has had on society today. Obviously Lady Gaga was a fan. Thanks Ann M. Martin! I think I remember from your biography that I read in fourth grade that you live in New York with your two cats. I hope you are happy.
Oh and just to bring this back to mountains somehow, did I mention that Claudia was an awesome skier? She could totally hang with me in Colorado, and she would be the most styling person on the ski slopes. That’s right, I can relate anything to mountains.