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I feel like it’s high time that I wrote something here on the rereleases, but I’ve had a hard time deciding how I feel about them. I am kind of bummed that 2010 is shaping up to be the biggest year in BSCland since ten years ago, when the series ended, and I’m not living in a country where I can really fully participate in what’s going on. The only way I’ll be able to access any of the new books until July is if Amazon decides to put them on the Kindle (go to the pages for the books on and let them know you want them on the Kindle! Do it for me, and, I guess, fans who want to read the books on the subway without anyone else knowing and other BSC fans living abroad who have an ipod touch and the Kindle app), or if someone types up an ebook of them and I can find it somewhere, although I feel that the attitude of the fandom will be similar to the attitude that is taken toward the graphic novels and Main Street. They’re in print, so let’s vote with our dollars and let Scholastic know that these should continue to be published.

Anyway, now that the personal stuff is out of the way, one of the biggest controversies is how the series will be updated. We know that the clothes and hairstyles will be changed to reflect current trends–although, frankly, are trends today (leggings! oversize!) all that different, except now we’ve combined acid-wash jeans and leggings to make JEGGINGS? I’m wearing jeans with zippers on the bottom right now, a style I first was made aware of by the Club. Fresh! Also, the new outfits I’ve heard of so far (featured in the prequel) sound way more hideous. From the USA Today blog post:

Claudia was wearing willowy black pants, cinched at the waist with a drawstring, and a boldly patterned summer shirt with ties that she was adjusting around her midriff. Her
midriff would have been bare, but Claud had slithered into a lacy black tank top before she’d put on the shirt. On her feet were delicate silvery sandals, and her hair, which was looooooong and thick, was held away from her face with two silver combs.

I kind of feel like this isn’t much different from the outfits featured in the series in the late 90s, rather than something a modern 13-year-old would concoct out of thrift store finds and Forever 21. I think Modern Claud would dress like Tavi.

Another issue the reissues bring up is what they’re planning on updating besides the fashions. One thing that has never really sat right with most people in the fandom is the “We don’t care if Jessi is black! We’d like a girl if she were PURPLE and a good sitter!” Even other series of the same time, such as the Saddle Club, didn’t make such a big deal about having a character of a different race, if they reissue the series up until the point where Jessi comes into the picture. See also: Claudia being “exotic.”

Also, I’m sure they’d have to update medical stuff in regard to Stacey. Perhaps she’ll have an insulin pump decorated with glitter or something for her by Claud!

As far as Kristy and Mary Anne go… I don’t know what they’ll update for Mary Anne, because Mary Anne’s early wardrobe seemed very fifties even in the 80s and 90s. I’m having a hard time with modern readers buying the excuse that Watson and Elizabeth need to get married right away so they don’t end up living in sin.

What do you think they’ll update? What would you be sad to see go? What would make you glad?

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bbb said, January 30th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

I can’t recall Claudia wearing very many pairs of “willowy black pants” in the books. In fact, that sounds like something Dawn would wear. Actually, this outfit does make Claudia seem older, not like a “modern 13 year old,” which is probably why I like it…after all, I felt like they looked/acted older than 13 for the majority of the series, so it seems kind of appropriate.

greer said, January 30th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

@bbb: yeah, maybe like someone in their 30s or 40s. :P

bbb said, January 30th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Well, you said it didn’t seem that different than the outfits featured in the series. Do you feel like they were dressing like 30 year olds in the late 90s? Because it’s vaguely reminiscent of the stuff Stacey liked (blank tank top, silver sandals) I wonder if Ann was like, “awesome, I don’t have to do much updating if 80s/90s fashions are popular again.” Wonder if Kristy will still be sporting turtlenecks and sweaters…

greer said, January 31st, 2010 at 5:51 am

Well, Stacey brought her clothes at bloomingdales, which doesn’t really have a junior’s department, so maybe. :) It does sound like a Stacey outfit from that time.

Kylie said, January 31st, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I just purchased the summer before. Will snark on bsc_snark

Charlotte said, January 31st, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I have to tell myself that anything that (possibly) brings the BSC to more people is awesome… because the fact that they’re “updating” bothers me. Quite a bit. I’m very attached to the original series, and, in many ways, Stacey without a perm just isn’t Stacey to me.

Sadako said, February 1st, 2010 at 10:39 am

“Slithered” into a tank top? Please tell me I’m not the only one freaked out by that.

nikki said, February 1st, 2010 at 7:25 pm

No Sadako, you aren’t. Slithered seems way too….sexual (?) for a thirteen year old.

WickedWonder said, February 3rd, 2010 at 11:10 pm

My take on the whole Jessi thing was I didn’t remember being really bad when I was first reading the series (and I am black!) so if they don’t update it I won’t be upset. As for the fashions? I was a Mary Anne dresser (I wore slacks, swear to god) until I graduated, so it’s all good to me.

greer said, February 7th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

@ww: I didn’t really notice ir when I was younger, but now when I read it, it can get cringeworthy.

JemGrrl said, March 13th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Am I the only one who noticed that the articles are saying that the publishers are updating the trends, not exactly the author? I’m sure Ann is approving, but “slithered” is certainly not something Ann would write in that context in her books…

Rachel said, February 4th, 2013 at 1:50 am

If I had kids I would not live in sin, because its not a good example for them.

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