I wouldn't mind knowing where she got the name "Cokie."
My guess is from Cokie Roberts. According to the wikipedia, she was doing the news on PBS at the time, and I can totally see Ann getting her news from PBS. Cokie Roberts got her name because her brother couldn't pronounce "Corinne." How Ann decided that "Marguerite" made sense, I don't know.
If Cokie developed a coke habit, her name would come in handy.
Also re: the question about how much Ann got per ghostwritten book, I bet she was paid a salary as an editor/consultant and then also got royalties, and wasn't paid the way a normal author would have been.
I've never found much evidence about any of the BSC members being gay OR straight. Also, Mary Anne was more or less based on Ann herself, and MA is the one with the steady boyfriend.
I think the BSC is written for too young of an age group for sexual orientation to be a factor--ANY of the sitters could have gone either way. The California Diaries is a different story; they were written for an older audience and I believe that there is plenty of textual evidence to support the fact that Ducky is gay.
"You may not believe this, but I was good at acting evil."--Karen Brewer
I remember reading in some article that was posted here awhile back that Stacey's parents were originally going to be in jail, but that got scrapped. I'd like to know if there was anything else like that.
^That would. I'd ask her why most all 3 kid families consisted of 2 girls and one boy. I also would like to know why with the exception of Alma and Mimi, and I guess Amelia Freeman, too, any character who died or was made to be a "bad guy" were men. Oh yeah, and what always bugged me, why was there at least not one Father's Day book. I was like MA and close to my Dad and thought since the BSC had (possibly more in LS books) 2 BSC MDay Celerations, there could have been one, even a mention, of FDay.
^And why Kristy, Sam, and Charlie bothered to attend! I can understand they might have been curious, or in the end Charlie felt if the other 2 went then he'd have to tag along but it made no sense otherwise. In fact, I was sort of disappointed that they went.
Post by sparklymouse on Dec 8, 2010 20:17:02 GMT -5
^That whole book grossed me out. I believe Elizabeth blackmailed Charlie into going by saying Kristy and Sam weren't allowed to go if he didn't. (They were too young or something? After all the places Kristy had gone without supervision? F-You, Elizabeth.) Charlie was forever the good big brother and went because he knew that Kristy and Sam wanted to be there.
You go Sparklymouse, ITA. Something else I just thought of is other than random cards every five years or something, Patrick really did abandon his family without a trace. Despite Charlie being 17, why would Elizabeth even want let alone trust Patrick to take care of her kids or that they would be staying in a safe place?