the best friends you’ll never have

Browsing in the internet

First, some referrals.

“stacey+bret+michaels”–while i agree that they have a lot of in common–blond, type I diabetes, tight pants, and willing to make out with a lot of people–I’m not sure why you’d google it. Perhaps there is some fanfiction in the works?

“bsc+blog+greer” omg I have real fan/stalker. Awesome.


Who is that interested in Ellen Miles? Peter Lerangis, now that I can understand. I want to know more about him. I know that he visited Russia with Laura Bush and is writing a new series entitled DRAMA CLUB, but little more. I want to know more about my favorite ghostwriter, with his beat-you-over-the-head-with-stupid-puns wit. His writing style reminds me of Carrie Bradshaw’s narration. If you read his BSC books, especially the Stacey ones, hearing it in your mind with Sarah Jessica Parker’s voice, it sounds so right, it’s wrong. I also am convinced he is a homosexual, which makes his descriptions of how attractive the BSC girls less creepy.

I would really like to read “Drama Club,” even though I think theater people are really annoying. I would like to see if Pete’s wit, and fondness for naming minor characters after himself is endemic to all of his work or just BSC, and I can’t bring myself to read his juvenile “thriller” books.

Question: Does anyone who reads this blog like baby-sitting? I personally would prefer a visit to the dentist or taking a math test or waiting in line at airport security to baby-sitting. I thought it was weird that Dawn liked baby-sitting but was not so interested in having kids of her own, because I find that most people hate all kids but their own–although Dawn’s lifestyle choices are totally valid and everything. Perhaps Ann was addressing a question that must have come up, and came to my mind while I was reading the books as a kid–how could someone who was such a baby-sitting expert not ever have kids of her own? Speaking of Ann, there is a new “Letter From Ann” at her site where she talks about how she drove to Michigan instead of flying so she could travel with her dog. She has moved on from being a Cat Lady to a Dog Person. There is a weird clip of her playing with Sadie here.

Opinions? Questions? Comments? Do you also think Peter Lerangis is gay?

UPDATE: Sharp-eyed reader Myu pointed me to a Scholasitc bio which states that Peter is married (to a woman) and has two children. But c’mon, “working as a singing waiter in Nantucket”? It is easy to see how I made this mistake.

Just wanted to draw everyone’s attention to a new BSC site from the same girl who brought us the UK BSC site, BSC Summaries. They’re hilarious.

:New Year sleepover at the Schafer-Spier house:
BSC: Boys, boys boys!
Mallory: Ben has such a nice…nose
Dawn: I am, like, so horny.
BSC: Resolutions!
Mary Anne: I’m going to be more slutty around Logan. How about you, Dawn?
Dawn: I’m going to get laid – er, layers…in my hair.

Everyone knows about the sites I have linked on the right side–BSC Headquarters, BSC Companion–all standard BSC links. But what about the other interesting BSC stuff out there on the internet?

The Miss BSC Pageant is a BSC popularity contest. Right now the voting is limited to determining which BSC books are the most popular, although the profile pages hints on plans for expansion. Bonus: can be helpful when trying to decide which book to read next, if you are one of those unfortunate souls who has yet to read the entire series. Now there is a user-determined rating system for the series. I would like to see the results from this site posted in a public website, as I think it has the potential to be a valuable resource.

If perhaps one day you are bedridden, really bored, waiting in line at the DMV, or simply must obsessively read about the girls, Television Without Pity has a 236-page thread that might help you out.

We’re like the Baby-Sitters Club, except high. Yes, that’s the whole video… but doesn’t it give you inspiration for fanfiction?

Here is a site that will help you update your wardrobe with Claudia Kishi as inspiration.

Thanks to the New York Times making their archive free online, we can articles like:

  • this one about the development of the TV series
  • the review of the film
  • a review on a book about teaching your kids manners that Ann wrote in 1990
  • serious reporting from 1991 on girls who were inspired to create their versions of the BSC
  • an article on the series from 1989

    SORRY GUYS but the links don’t work because they are just my queries and have expired and the NY Times’s website’s javascript for sharing is not working with my firefox and firefox is my only browser. But you can go and search the archives yourself and find the gems I linked to, which are titled:

  • HBO Turns ‘Baby-Sitters Club’ Into a Series of Specials
  • The Sturm und Drang of Girls Who Baby-Sit
  • Why Can You Behave? A Guide to Books on Manners
  • Like, What an Idea! Baby-Sitters’ Clubs!
  • Inside the Baby-Sitters Club

    The NYT cannot make up its mind and now all the links work.

    Best quote, from the last article: “For instance, Ms. Martin had suggested that it might be interesting if Stacey’s parents were in jail for embezzlement, but Ms. Feiwel felt that it would not be all that appropriate. So she got the adults out of prison and made Stacey a diabetic.”

    Happy reading!

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