^Lol, and myself crushing on a teacher. Nothing like Stacey and Wes but I did think my male bio teacher was very good looking. I meant that (thank goodness) Wes did not try anything either in reciprocation or otherwise. On the other hand, he should have put a stop to her "interest" much sooner.
^Lol, maybe he didn't, Wiggirl. He truly could have been an anxious-to-please young teacher who was trying his hand at a first real job. I still say even if that was the case and his focus was all on "making it at SMS," at the very least once he read Stacey's poem/letter, he should have acted somehow whether it was right then and there to her (as he really should have) or asking Mr. Zorzi for advice. Anything but let it go. If he had hoped "ignoring" would make it go away or even give Stacey a chance to realize for herself it was inappropriate, I think it's fair to say she didn't and didn't in an obvious way. Once Wes saw that, zero excuse for not stepping up and acting a resposnible adult. Unless Stacey truly acted differently at home, how Maureen had no clue what was going on is also beyond me.
Post by sparklymouse on Oct 18, 2011 14:44:31 GMT -5
If the books were written today they would be called The Baby-Sitters Clique and would be all vampy and unfortunate.
But seriously... I hate the general consensus that everything now would focus on club efficiency rather than personal relationships. The people interactions made the books for me. Cutting a bunch of that out to read about e-mails and working off of a computer sounds really boring. The books weren't exactly realistic 20 years ago anyway, so I don't see why they would have to be now.
^I wished the books (as they were) had focused MORE on the friendships between the girls in a much more genuine way than the "required" Super Special fight for example. I would hate if meetings, for example, became virtual or if communication with parents were done online. The only "change" (and I think this should have happened then) would be if you have a conflict on a meeting day, there's no need for a horrified Look or attack. The BSC was the sitters. I don't think duplicating the club would have worked for just any random group of young teens; there needed to be some basis of friendship. I know for me, the way that got lost as the series delved into capturing crooks or taking exotic vacations, and, yes, breaking up the "triangle" of Kristy-Claud-and MA" is a huge part of why the first two books will always have more of a place in my heart than any of the others. I also know I'm in the minority to (overall) enjoyed the sitting chapters and carnivals more than cat burglars and European vacations. I think a few dream trips or even somewhat surreal mysteries would have worked, but as I've said many times, to me, the series lost its heart when the focus changed from friends in their small town banding together to baby-sit and have fun together to being junior members of the Stoneybrook Police Department.
Post by nancydawes on May 13, 2020 23:42:54 GMT -5
It's been a few years but I found this thread and wanted to post this by 2020 standards and with the new show maybe a bit of theorizing.
Aside from adjusting prices or how late they could stay out, I'd imagine that they would update to smart phones for scheduling. Mary Anne would totally utilize the calendar app on her phone and be constantly looking at it and sending copies around. She'd probably use a planner to keep things written down just in case. The club notebook just might be a series of texts or a blog that they keep. A landline would probably still be used. I can't imagine any of the parents (especially Richard!) being okay with letting the girls put their personal cell phone numbers on fliers around town.
The charges are probably playing more videogames, but still going out to play and such (a bunch of kids down my street ride their bikes past my house all the time), so I'd imagine it wouldn't take over their lives or anything. I think the 80/90s style is in now so I'd imagine Stacey and Claudia might be in style. Stuff like DVD players or VHS tapes would be considered "retro" lol.
I think the books would still focus on their friendships and stuff instead of just a straight up series about just a baby-sitting business. There are still book series like the BSC being published today that focus on that kind of stuff for that age range. Their personalities and stuff wouldn't really change. Any girl reading could relate to liking a boy or feeling misunderstood by their parents. Last Christmas a girl asked for the Cupcake Diaries on the community christmas tree (for like the underprivileged kids) and reading through the summaries reminded me of a modern baby-sitters club sort to speak. I'd imagine a series like the BSC would still be popular with the same themes and ideas for it's readers.
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Post by chirpchirp on May 14, 2020 23:04:41 GMT -5
Norman Hill basically catfishes a female pen pal in Dawn’s Big Date so I guess that whole plot would be relatively easy to update.
The fact that Janine uses a computer at all is supposed to be indicative of her nerdiness and superior intellect and I guess that would have to change. Maybe instead of Nancy Drew books Claudia would be into true crime podcasts while Janine would be reading physical books.
Having said all this, I really like the books the way they are. I hope the Netflix show doesn’t go overboard with trying to be ‘relevant’. I’ll be kind of annoyed if there are too many jokes about selfies or whatever.
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Post by gertiethedino on May 15, 2020 19:20:52 GMT -5
They definitely would have a private message board, potentially as a replacement for the notebook to share info about kids and sitting jobs. I originally typed Facebook group, but Mal and Jessi would be too young for accounts and I could see Mary Anne's dad not letting her have one.