Post by blossom114 on Jul 11, 2007 14:37:46 GMT -5
*twirling short hair around on finger* okay... some of them are really specific...krusher's softball...bsc flier... after reading bsc fanfiction I know Charlotte put in an article she wrote about STacey (though I dont know what it said..other than mushy stuff Lol) .... Newspaper article? whats about? performance (my god I need to get the book off amazon...but i'm strapped for cash after my last little spending). i remembered that claire took something out, guess she didn't put something back in? ugh ugh ugh ugh ugh *bangs head on table* lol maybe will put it off for now. Lord knows I need to get back to the two fanfics I starteda nd still haven't updated.
I read this before one of my clubs and I graduated from high school.That club still exsists and I'm in my twenties.I guess I'm lucky we didn't have to separate.I was nervous before I graduated but this book and The Girls of Canby Hall 17 Graduation Day helped me.
I bought an ebay lot specifically because it had this book in it and wasn't insanely expensive. Funny how a series can print 200 million books over 15 years, and then becomes impossible to get just a few years later.
You know what though? The books were kind of cheaply printed. And they were kids books too so they went through the wringer pretty quickly and took a LOT of abuse. (I know mine were pretty trashed before my mother *glares at her* gave the whole lot away to a nighbor kid the second I moved out for college and wasn't looking. She was laying in wait, I know it *slants eyes*)
I managed to snag a copy of FF Grad a bit back at the library (just checked it out, didn't want to waste money trying to get it off of EBay when I was only really curious. Now, the old school super specials I'm bidding on off of EBay because I want to have those as keepsakes of my childhood. I actually never even knew there was a finale to BSC until then. I always thought they just fizzled out. I remember seeing the FF series once at a B&N years and years ago after I had long put the BSC books away and was shocked at how diff they were from reg series. I had to ask the girl in the children's section what happened to them all and she told me at the attempt to revamp to save the series from cancelling- but it not working out terribly well so far.
To be truth I couldn't even get into this book even though it was the finale. I mainly just skimmed it and read the end. It just didn't have the FEEL of the old books. Out of curiosity who wrote the book? Did Ann actually go back and do it 'for old times sake' or was it one of the ghostwriters? I hope it was Ann, for the closure if nothing else.
And wtf? Dawn (was it Dawn?) deciding she didn't want kids at THIRTEEN??? WHO THINKS THAT WAY WHEN THEY'VE MAYBE ONLY HAD TWO PERIODS. TOPS???!!! I mean, I wasn't all "yeah! Kids! Lots of them!" back then, but I mean, I don't know anyone who really even thought of that. I don't know, but then my 13 year old days were nothing like the movie "Thirteen" which is evidently what it's like now *rolls eyes* *shrug*
I mostly liked the retrospective, though I agree it was kinda random stuff they listed.
I mean, I know the series was dead money-making-wise by then... but I don't know. You'd think Scholastic would have more fanfare for a series that made them a TON of money for over 15 years. At least out of respect. I agree with one posters op though. It really did feel like the ending of a once great sitcom that was on forever but churned out three or four crappy seasons at the end because it was so creatively zapped. After all, how DO you really end a series that ran for 15 years that totally and utterly satifies you? IMO, at least.
I can sorta see them MAYBE fizzling out in HS. Most of my MS friends kinda stopped being my friends in HS because you change SO MUCH and you tend to join up with your little subsect pretty quick even if the school is small. (My grad class was only 88, and most of my 8th grade class was in it, barring a handfull of movers/movies, a few kids who went off to private HS's, the kids from the Catholic ES/MS who didn't want to trek two towns over to the Catholic HS, etc) And they were all really different and I can see Kristy joining a JV team and hanging with the jock girls, Claud hangin' with the artsy stoner kids, Mary Anne with the nerdy quiet girls who all try so hard, Stacey going all super popular mean girl, etc and those are all 'never the twain' type cliques. Hmm... I wonder if any character would go goth or punk in HS, if so which one? LOL. Abby, totally Abby. ("I hab alegierz but god sabe da queen.")
As for a reunion book that'd rock. I heard talk a long time ago Francine Pascal wrote a SVH reunion book called "Sweet Valley Heights" or something like that about the gang living in a gated community and it was all Desperate Housewives-esque though the book keeps getting pushed back (Last I heard of it was in 2005 though I can't see why, it'd sell better than a lot of the junk on the market already and 80's/90's nostalgia is pretty big right now and it'd probably sell as a paperback just on that note alone. But who knows? There's probably politics involved. *Shrug*)
But I think it's mostly AMM who doesn't want to do it. For her BSC ended after book, like 35 or something when she stopped writing them and I think she really didn't contribute much after she stopped writing them. I sorta understand her distancing herself. Unlike Francine Pascal, for example, she has a lot of awesome stand alones outside of BSC that are really well written and most of the later BSC's were kinda not up to her standard. It's like an actor who was on a huge sitcom and does a really great totally different movie or something but people still bug them about that darn show. Or how I always imagined George Harrison felt about ALWAYS being asked about The Beatles when a majority of his life he was a solo artist and his time with TB was relatively short compared to that. (And most of his solo work is actually worthy of praise in it's own right. Poor George Harrison. I always felt it must have been hard being the second greatest song writer of his generation. If Paul and John tie at being number one, it's hard to get out of their shadow of greatness at number 2.)
Wow, this post started in a place and ended in a totally different one, lmao.
[quote And wtf? Dawn (was it Dawn?) deciding she didn't want kids at THIRTEEN??? WHO THINKS THAT WAY WHEN THEY'VE MAYBE ONLY HAD TWO PERIODS. TOPS???!!! I mean, I wasn't all "yeah! Kids! Lots of them!" back then, but I mean, I don't know anyone who really even thought of that. I don't know, but then my 13 year old days were nothing like the movie "Thirteen" which is evidently what it's like now *rolls eyes* *shrug*
When I was 15 I was actually dead set against having children (at 13 I really don't think I thought about it much either to be fair). That part with Dawn made me smile for that reason though. I'm convinced that Dawn "grew up" to be very much like me anyway, so those little moments where she says/does something similar to me give me validation for that theory.
Post by nothingtolose18 on Feb 23, 2008 0:47:11 GMT -5
It was sad, okay! My gosh, I still remember my shock, picking up my first FF (I never read the Everything Changes one) and being all 'OMG WTF WHERE ARE JESSI AND ABBY?!?!' Anyway, not the point. The point is that I haven't read many FF but I did read this one, and I was sooooo sad to see the BSC end... I wish it could have gone on forever!
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I really would love to find this book so I can read it. I've been wanting to get my hands on it ever since I heard that the BSC had ended. They graduated grade 8 the same year I did. If it was in 2000 anyway.
I think it's funny how 8th grade graduation is SUCH A BIG DEAL. I didn't go to "middle school", I went to junior high from 7th-9th grade, then high school for 10th-12th. On our last day of 9th grade, nothing happened. we left school and walked home like normal. No ceremonies. I did have a friend who went to Catholic school and they made 8th grade graduation a huge thing.
We made a huge deal out of mine at my school. Then again, my school was a K to Grade 8 school because I live in a small town. All the small town schools around here are K to 8 and then we all go to High School. It's only in the cities that have junior high. We had a huge formal cermony with awards, and then a dance afterward. They always did every year, but it was special that year because my school also closed because there wasn't enough money to keep it open. They just sent the kids to all the schools around my area. So we ended up making it even more special since it was the last grade 8 graduation from that school ever. We did a time capsule as well that is supposed to be opened in the year 2010.
I like the BSC, but the triplets are my favorites. They hardly ever appeared in this book. I don't mind normal books where they hardly ever appear, but I wanted to at least see more of them in the last book. Also, I wanted someone to finally have a birthday!
Post by guineagirl on Jun 30, 2008 21:01:58 GMT -5
As I said before, one of my other posts, I DON"T think I could even read this one. It's okay to feel sad, these characters really do become like your friends. They are the girls next door! This is part of why the BSC, is so special to a lot of people.
I also didn't think I wanted to read this book ,but I finally gave in and read my copy I found it a little boring and jessies handwriting and the artical she put in the time capsule made me cringe it was okay , but I guess I just prefer the regular series , FF just doesn't have the same feel, BSC was a great part of my childhood ,so even though I didn't think this book was Great it was sad to see the series end