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03-31-2011, 06:05 PM
I was also a card-carrying member of the BSC fan club.

:lol: Aww, thanks for reminding me of this. I'd forgotten about being a member of the club. I'm sure if I spent enough time looking for it I could find my membership card at my parents' house.

I also used to have a [fake] gold necklace with a Babysitters Club charm on it. It was a free gift with one of the Super Special books. And I had the Mallory doll.

03-31-2011, 06:27 PM
I had a Mary Ann doll- it was a pretty crappy doll. I remember being disappointed in it pretty quickly after getting it.

In college I found about 100 of the books in my closet, so I took them out and reread all of them- apparently after I stopped reading they added some girl named Abby- her "thing" was that she had bad allergies. Really dumb... there are still a few books I haven't read, but I got all the super specials that I had missed. Super specials were my favorite!

03-31-2011, 07:15 PM
Heck, I am US born and bred and I had to look up lavaliere in the dictionary to figure it out.

I just accepted it was a type of stone and moved on - but now I had to look and see that it's a style of necklace, not an actual stone! :shuffle:

Reminds me of watching One Life to Live in the mid-80s, when there was a storyline involving Tina Clayton (Lord) on trial for murder - the trial hinged on something made of lapis lazuli she had been wearing and the term was brought up a lot. It seemed so very exotic :glamor:

03-31-2011, 07:47 PM
I was fluent in English when I read the books, but still a little iffy on so many things about it. I remember not understanding what a lavaliere necklace was and trying to figure it out. For some reason my translation came out to rope, but I couldn't figure out why they would wear rope.

The blue-green eyes freaked me out too. I thought they each had one blue eye and one green. Between that and the Spider Fiat they drove (that I thought must look like a spider), I was lost at moments.

So you can imagine I was quite confused as to why everyone thought these girls were so pretty with their mismatched eyes and rope necklaces. Add them driving around in a car that looked like a spider and I had a strange view of what was cool in the US.
Too funny. And thanks for reminding me what kind of car the twins drove, I had forgotten! :)

I too was a big Babysitters Club fan. I think those were the only two series I followed.

The beginning of each SVH book was always so tedious though, as the author took pains to remind us of how Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield looked alike in every possible way (other than Elizabeth's mole) but their personalities couldn't possibly have been any more different (Jessica = narcissistic, manipulative and never wore a watch; Elizabeth = boring, and always wore a watch), not to mention Lila Fowler, Bruce Patman and the teacher with the strawberry blond hair, whatever the heck his name was again, lol.

03-31-2011, 07:52 PM
Here is a SVH blog


03-31-2011, 08:07 PM
Did anyone read the Sweet Valley University series? I actually liked that one a bit more because it seemed more current. Most of the early SVH books screamed "I was written in the early 80's!"

And I also was a huge fan of BSC, and the super specials were awesome. I occasionally wonder if my mother gave away my book series or not... because if I had them (BSC & SVH/U) I would totally re-read them! I'll have to ask her tonight.

03-31-2011, 08:12 PM
^ My mom gave all my books away to a needy child... gosh darn it :lol:

03-31-2011, 08:28 PM
I still like to pick up a Sweet Valley book and read it every once in a while.

I was a Babysitters Club fan when I was younger. Dawn was my fave, and I started to lose interest after she went back to California. I wonder if my niece might like them. She's around the age I was when I got them.

There's a book series I read in high school, Daughters of the Moon, that I wish had lasted longer. It was 13 books plus a another 4 from a tie-in series. I suppose it's nice that the author had a vision and ended the series at an appropriate length and didn't drag things out forever. This is one series that I'd love to see adapted for TV.

03-31-2011, 08:29 PM
Wow, this thread is making me feel old, lol! :lol:

03-31-2011, 08:30 PM
I was more into Sweet Valley Twins and definitely had all their Super Specials, Thrillers, etc, but I do remember searching out the book where Regina tries cocaine and then DIES! :eek:

My favorite ever SVH book is Sweet Valley Saga, which is about the female ancestors of Jessica and Elizabeth. There's also the Wakefield Saga, about the boys. I loved the historical part.

03-31-2011, 08:37 PM
I thank The Babysitters Club for my understanding of diabetes. (Because it was explained in every. single. book. it seemed.)

Ha, me too! I have a family history of it but never understood it...until BSC. Now, I still remember it because Stacey had it :lol:

A friend and I just read the first chapter online, and the spoilers. Hilariously ridiculous. And ridiculously hilarious. I still wanna read it :watch:

03-31-2011, 08:42 PM
My favorite ever SVH book is Sweet Valley Saga, which is about the female ancestors of Jessica and Elizabeth. There's also the Wakefield Saga, about the boys. I loved the historical part.I loved the sagas, too. Even though I was always :rolleyes: that a lot of the female ancestors were twins who looked exactly like Elizabeth & Jessica. Those are some strong genes if all the girls in the family have blond hair, aqua eyes & were perfect size 6's.

BTW, the link Mozart gave is awesome!

03-31-2011, 08:59 PM
The Evil Twin ruled! :D

03-31-2011, 09:04 PM
I do remember searching out the book where Regina tries cocaine and then DIES! :eek:

That one was awesome. Regina had it hard. The poor girl was deaf. She got kidnapped by the crazy guy who wanted the computer chip from her family's company. She gets her hearing back, but then breaks up with her boyfriend. She then tries cocaine and falls over dead.

03-31-2011, 09:15 PM
I read so many BSC books, and of course the Saddle Club (talk about whiplash seeing the TV version of that--it got moved to AUSTRALIA, for some weird reason--I get it was a Canada/Australia coproduction, but couldn't they have filmed in, I don't know, Canada?)

I actually watched that show, back when the channel that carried it was called Discovery Kids (I think it's been renamed). Hated when they changed all the actors in the 3rd (?) season - the replacement for Veronica DeAngelo was no match for the original actress who played her.

Never really got into the SVH/SVT books, except one or two--there was one where Elizabeth took up horseback riding, and one where there was some girl who moved from middle-of-nowhere KY or something? (Might even be the same book.)

Elizabeth was always into horses, and in SVT #8 First Place, Lila Fowler actaully gets a horse, but Elizabeth is the one who ends up exercising it and taking care of it, buddying up to Lila to do so, and pissing off Jessica in the process.

I can't remember the name of the other book (I think it was SVT #24 or so - I have the first 33 SVT books, and then I outgrew the series), but I remember the girl's name was Ginny Lu Culpepper. IIRC the horse's name in the story was Snow White.