Claudia seems like the type to interpret parental disapproval, however mild, as an order banning something from the house altogether. I think it's really about a sensitivity to criticism that she thinks disapproval=it is banned!
the parents allowing the BSC that seems odd that they allowed all the girls there, i mean if they were so strict and all. it doesn't match 'strict' profiling they are strict but when Claudia screws up they dont' b*tch at her as harshly as they should have IF they were so mean like was implied.
i can relate to Claud, i had the strict parents too as a kid it was more my dad and my mom playing off him to make him happy though...
i didn't think it was cool that they allowed Janine to be such a know it all with a bad attitude. Janine had some sweet moments but that grammar correcting and talking down to the BSC was a little annoying.
i knew 2 people who were smart and i hated em. the one guy had to correct you and make you feel stupid while doing so the girl i knew she acted lke "i'm too good for this" both parents of these people acted stuck up and 'scholar snobs'
I wonder why they allowed Claudia to have her own private line in her room? You'd think they Kishis wouldn't allow that because Claudia would be blabbing on the phone all the time and neglecting her schoolwork even more. Maybe since Janine got to have her own computer in her room, the phone line was Claudia's big-ticket thing to have. "You get a computer, Janine, and Claudia, you get your own phone!" Something like that.
"Usually, I think my parents are dorks, but every now and then they come through." --Claudia Kishi
I always presumed that the banning of the Nancy Drew's and whatnot was more in Claudia's head than reality. The funny thing is my parents would have far prefered me to have read Nancy Drew than the BSC any day of the week.
I thought the Kishi's seemed distant from Claudia but never knew whether it was of their making or Claudia's. I can't imagine they are ignorant of everything Claudia does. I just think that we only see it from Claudia's perspective and she feels alienated from her family regardless of what they do.
^ Agree about the banning. I think that they know a lot more than Claudia thinks they do, too. She tends to assume a lot of things and I think her attitude towards her parents is one of her big assumptions. She also has the mindset, I think, of "Mimi and I are the only ones who understand each other" and maybe feels like a better relationship with her parents would be disloyal to Mimi - her soul mate. I tend to do things like that sometimes without even realizing it so see how Claudia could. As for the phone, one book did say that they got sick of her tying up the lines. Also, I think there were restrictions and rules on use and homework.
^ Me too. And that probably makes Mr. and Mrs. Kishi be in their early to mid forties. About Peaches, I would guess that she is about ten years younger than Ree-OH-kow...er, Mrs. Kishi. (Sorry, been reading bsc_snark in LJ too much lately).
And I totally think that their "banning" was more in Claudia's head than in reality. Maybe they just said that they would like Claudia to read something "smarter" and eat healthier food, and Claud took it too seriously. I can kind of relate to that.