the best friends you’ll never have

Second day of the Challenge! Remember, if you’d like to play along, you can do it in the comments, at the original thread, or on your own blog, like Donica at SMS Cafeteria.

And now, without further adieu: Least Favorite Sitter!

Much like with the “Favorite Sitter” question, anyone who reads this blog or is vaguely acquainted with me probably already knows the answer. Logan. Bruno. Shall I count the ways?

Logan is basically the opposite of my ideal guy. Jock, pushy, makes lame MAN JOKES. Logan is the kind of person who finds Two and a Half Men to be an example of a truly great sitcom.

Then there is the whole Mary Anne-and-Logan relationship, which was at its best in FF#3, when she finally got rid of his ass once and for all. Why does their relationship bug me so much? MA&L represent some kind of bizarre, unpopular quiet girl wish fulfillment. It was always believable for Stacey to have tons of boyfriends. Kristy and Bart were more like friends who played baseball and then sometimes also went to the movies and dances together, and when Bart wanted more, Kristy freaked out. Ben Hobart and Mallory had a cute, clandestine, redheaded relationship. Ok, maybe Quint was a creeper. But this isn’t “creepiest eleven-year-old horndog;” this is “least favorite sitter.”

MA&L had a very serious, adult relationship, in eighth grade. And it was just never believable to me that this popular jock also baby-sat and was into Mary Anne because she was shy and sensitive. What. Girl was barely out of braids when they got together. I also could never see strict Richard sanctioning something like that for Mary Anne. My parents would have been freaked out by the intensity, and they were nowhere near as strict as Richard.

I feel like that whole relationship gave the girls who read the series the idea that when they were in eighth grade, some hunky guy with a cute accent would transfer into their school and love them for their true selves. Let’s face it, those of us who obsessively read the BSC, no matter how awesome we are now, probably were not the most desired girls in our middle schools. We were not the Staceys. Most of us, myself included, probably see more of our middle school selves in Mallory’s “Spaz Girl” experience than Stacey being too pretty to be a part of the cheerleading squad. And that, besides his controlling jerkhead personality, is why I dislike that whole storyline/Logan Bruno so much.

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maculae said, November 16th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Actually, my neighbor was in a MA/L type of relationship starting from 7th grade and lasted more than ten years. They got married and divorced within a year.

corduroyspocket said, November 16th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Mary Anne is my least favorite sitter, hands down. all I’m going to say is `passive aggressive two faced attention whore’. being a fat kid myself, I hated the way she acted with Norman Hill; even then I read it as `ew, get that fat child AWAY from me’. Also the whole scene in Claudia and the Middle School Mystery where MA pretty much said she thought Claud cheated…and then started crying when the other sitters rounded on her.

Eowyn said, November 16th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

@corduroy Ann has made no secret of the fact that Mary Anne had the personality most like her.

hobbes12 said, November 17th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I didn’t have a least favorite, I liked reading all of their books. Although looking back on it now, maybe Mallory or Jessi?

ashley said, November 18th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I can deal with the unrealistic parts of MA/L, even if it gave us Mallorys false expectations. After all, even when young, who doesn’t like to read about things that “could” happen to us. (It’s like AMM’s book “Just a Summer Romance”, the thought of dating a celeb.) My issue with MA/L was how boring their relationship was. It was always the same old, same old with them, and it got tiring to read about it repeatedly.

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