When I was reading the BSC books for the first time (at the ripe old age of... 12?) I always thought that this could've been an alternate childhood if I was born (or didn't spend nine years in Israel) in America. Good friends, baby sitting, harmless adventures, and no one misunderstands you because your English is still rough.
Now, at almost 20, I am reading the books and I still like the friendships of the BSC girls (Stacey still kept in touch with them in NY, and she only left the club for four books) and that life at 13 is simpler then now, but still as complicated.
For me it was like an alternate childhood if I were less of a loser. Haha.
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Post by sugarandspicexx on Jun 2, 2009 3:25:49 GMT -5
Most definately the nostalgia. I am a down-right tragically nostaligic person and adore almost anything that reminds me of my childhood, or the the timeline it took place. Every time I re-read a book that is one of my 'originals' that I've owned all along I love the feeling I get and the memories I have of where I was and what I was doing some other time I read it as a child.
I only owned about... 5 normal series BSC books, and about 10-15 or so little sister books. I started reading those when I was about 6 and sort of stopped reading them when I was 11/12-ish. I loved them, but didn't seem to go out of my way to ask my mum for others all the time because I owned a hell of a lot of books as a child, I was happier to be reading a wider variety of things. I loved that my primary school best friend shared my interest in the books, we sometimes 'played' bsc at lunch.
I think like a lot have said, I enjoy them now on a different level to what I used to. I think in a lot of ways I enjoy them more now. I own a hell of a lot more books, I'm more interested in having more of them, I've saught out fandoms such as this one to discuss them and share my interest with others and I'm in the works for starting a pretty in-depth fan fiction.
I got back into these books not long before I joined here, but then moved out with my boyfriend and just stopped reading them all together because I had no time.. However, after a year I had a complete Psychotic episode and had to move back home.. The months of recovery afterwards were soo lonely, all my family and boyfriend were off at work all day everyday and I was bored and alone, I only had 4 books left at first so I read them repeatedly. This might sound very lame, but through a time where I was so alone and didn't have many true friends, especially girls that when I read these books, I was a part of it and I had friends around me.
I also love that with so many books, such a complete and complex 'world' was created.
"There's more to life thanJohnny Tremainand Brussels sprouts.."
^ I hope you're okay now I think some of us use these books as crutches also, when we're sad or lonely. It's not just the nostalgia, it's the taking us back to a simpler time. I know most of these storylines well, but I still remember devouring the books the first time I read them.
^I hope you are okay too! And I am the same way...whenever I am sad or feel alone, I pick up one of the books and it really helps. I agree with kylie that a lot of us pick them up to take us back to simpler times. They really help me not stress as much about things...no matter how many times I've read them all.
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Post by oldhickory on Dec 14, 2009 17:31:12 GMT -5
for me there IS no nostalgia factor, because i never stopped reading these books. i never had time to forget :] the best part though is the familiarity. i hate getting new books and feeling disappointed (or spending lots of money on something i won't read again), so the bsc gives me tooons of material to read without having to figure much out for myself. by now it's like i'm reading about people i know. and to be honest, even though the girls overreact and can be really dramatic, they can also be a lot more reliable than people in real life.
^Is that from Full House theme song? "Whatever happened to predictability, the newspaper, the something, the evening TV. Everywhere you look, there's a heart, a hand to hold onto...etc." Lol and I haven't watched FH in forever.