the best friends you’ll never have

Until I was about sixteen, I lived in my own head a lot, daydreaming about what I wanted to happen in my life. The BSC don’t seem to do that much, except in Chapter 2s where one of girls is riding their bicycle on the way to a meeting and thinking really, really hard about their friends and almost crashes into a telephone pole.

I suppose my tendency to drift into a fantasy world, especially when I was thirteen, was because I had no friends. Perhaps my tendency to fantasize had more to do with that than age. Perhaps the lack of daydreaming in the BSC (except for thinking about their awesome friends) has to do with their active social lives organizing carnivals for children and having sort-of boyfriends.

But then when I really think about it, it’s Claudia and Stacey, the coolest (arguably) members of the BSC, who daydream the most. My favorite fantasy sequence in BSC, the one that inspired this whole post, is the one in Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls where Claudia imagines a situation where she and Trevor are on a field trip to a place with a garden maze, and they find a secret door in the garden and it turns into a winter wonderland and it is very romantic. It is exactly the kind of stupid thing I would have imagined at that age. I also like it because it seems like it would lead into a very strange magical pornographic film.

Stacey usually dreams about future careers and money, so hers aren’t as funny. Stacey in a red convertible! Stacey the famous movie director!

Do I just have a selective memory? Did the other girls daydream more frequently than I remember? Was I just a loser nerd with no friends? (Yes.)

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Ashley said, May 27th, 2008 at 12:28 am

I still am a loser nerd with no friends, and I still daydream like it’s going out of fashion. LOL.

Rhiannon said, May 27th, 2008 at 12:53 am

Good lord, if it wasn’t for my imagination and my daydreams I probably would have decended into a pile of hysterical madness.

Well even more so than normal.

greer said, May 27th, 2008 at 1:22 am

aww ashley, you have mark and dudley :)

Lucy said, May 27th, 2008 at 1:30 am

Without daydreaming, life would suck. Seriously, I can’t understand people who don’t daydream. Have they really NO thought in their head? That’s sad.

I love daydreaming. :)

Myu said, May 27th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

I was exactly the same when I was younger. I’d say I probably don’t daydream as much now – I just think and analyse things an awful lot :) .
Mallory strikes me as a bit of a daydreamer, as does Claudia. I mean, she was the one who lay on her bed hugging herself. Stacey had a few cringeworthy daydreams about Wes.
“I also like [Claudia's fantasy] because it seems like it would lead into a very strange magical pornographic film.”
I’m stuck between laughing and wanting brain bleach. Agh.

greer said, May 27th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

haha, i forgot all about her wes dreams. i think i blocked them on purpose.

cpennylane said, May 27th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

I actually had, like, zero friends from second to fourth grade, which was around the same time I was heavy into the BSC. My daydreams were more like Stacey’s though — I was always a really tall, thin, child actress who was given a red convertible to drive around the day she turned 16.

Only, see, these dreams sort of stuck with me until I was 16 and then I just whined a lot about how I never got to be tall and no one gave me a sports car. I’m so boring. I wish I had trevor sandburg almost porn daydreams.

Maddy said, May 27th, 2008 at 11:49 pm

I think I spent my entire childhood and adolescence daydreaming. I think that was the start of my desire to be an author – I was always coming up with characters and scenarios in my head.

dsharpe113 said, May 28th, 2008 at 5:33 pm

I day dream about 24/7… I think even my dreams happen because of my daydreams or what I would like to happen. (except when I get some psycho killer after me).

Lucy said, May 30th, 2008 at 5:41 am

In response to Maddy:
me too! I think daydreaming is a very important part of being an author. Call it research. :)

Kathryn said, July 15th, 2008 at 2:31 pm

I’m 21 and daydream just as much, if not more so, than when I was younger. I daydream about doing bold things I’d never do in real life (like standing up for myself, putting the mean girl at work in her place) or really tragic stuff (like I’m on my deathbed and everyone who picked on me feels terrible and many secrets are confessed).

Amanda said, December 28th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

I daydream pretty much 24/7.

charmecia said, January 14th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

i daydream everyday
plus dreams are healthy subconscious of the mind
and it tells you what your mind is thinking
(what’s really on your mind)
and what the future lies ahead of you
so yeah

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