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As children, we absolutely devoured the Babysitter Club series.

We wanted to look like Stacey, have Claudia’s flair for art and go on dates with Mary-Anne’s boyfriend, Logan.

And with dozens upon dozens in the collection, we spent years poring over the gals’ adventures in Stoneybrook, but with the passing of time and the removal of our rose-tinted glasses, we have a few questions about the whole damn shebang.

And they go as follows…

1. Why was no one ever babysitting between 5.30 and 6 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays when the meetings were held?

How convenient.

2. Why were 11-year-olds left in charge of babies?

Mallory and Jessi, we’re looking at you.

3. And why were 13-year-olds left in charge of babies?

Stoneybrook Parents Association should take a good hard look at itself.

4. Why was Claudia given a private phone line when she couldn’t even keep her grades up?

System’s flawed.

5.  Why did they spend so much money on KidKits?

No one was making any profit with the amount of ‘dues’ owed at the Monday meeting.

6.  Why did Ann M. Martin have to reintroduce the characters at the start of every single book?

If you didn't know who they were, it was up to you to go back to 'Kristy's Great Idea' and find out.

7. Why was Kristy a bit of a bully?

Think about it; that girl ruled with an iron hand.

8. Why are a bunch of fictional girls from a fictional town still occupying space in our heads?

We're not quite sure, but the obsession remains…

 

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Along with Sweet Valley High, The Princess Diaries and Judy Blume's entire back catalogue, The Babysitters Club books pretty much defined our early teenage years.

Long before Carrie Bradshaw was running through puddles in a tutu, The Babysitters Club crew were making female friendships and feminism cool.

City girl Stacey (whose diabetes gave her a touch of mysterious glamour, let's face it), arty Claudia, book-mad Mary Anne, #GirlBoss Kristy, Mallory with her masso Irish Catholic family, floaty Dawn (who liked carob before it was cool) or dance fanatic Jessi… yup, we all idolised at least one of them.

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While there's been enough fan fiction based on the supposed adult lives of the girls to fill an entire library – and a recent reunion of the cast of the 1995 movie adaptation – we've always struggled to really imagine how they all turned out.

Would Claudia still rock a tie-dye jumper? Would Kristy ditch her baseball team merch? Would Jessi ever stop wearing legwarmers?

Well, one US-based blogger has clearly been wondering the same things, and has started a style series inspired by Stoneybrook's best babysitters. For each post, she creates an outfit  and a persona – based on her imaginings of each Babysitters' Club member.

Each post is accompanied by a snapshot of the women's lives today, and they're surprisingly on-point. 

There's Dawn, who now has a kale obsession, "refers to her morning runs as 'gifts'" and is the eternally positive friend you "love to hate":

Stacey, who "works in hedge fund analysis" and "finds comfort in numbers, the digits flashing through her computer, her blood sugar count, how many miles she ran on her fit bit band before she goes into the office":

Claudia, who's still arty AF, but with a touch more class:

Mallory, who still wears specs and now favours tights, boots and skater skirts:

Jessi, who unfortunately "had her ballet career sidelined" by an Achilles Tendon Injury, and now teaches Movement classes at Juliard, while doing comedy improv part-time and "trying to get pregnant with her husband, Dov."

Plus, who can forget Kristy, who is still a total #GirlBoss, "runs a nanny staffing agency," and "rejoiced when slouchy sweaters became en vogue."

Amazing.

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We call this meeting of the Babysitters Club to order!

It's been twenty years since Kristy, Stacy, Mary-Anne, Dawn and Claudia graced our screens, but last night the cast got together for an epic reunion.

 

special memories times infinity #bscreunion #bsc20yearslater @drafthouse #melanieisfunny

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The actresses attended a special screening to mark the 20th anniversary of the film, which was based on the hugely successful book series by Ann M Martin.

Director Melanie Mayron and cast members, including Rachael Leigh Cook, Larisa Oleynik, Schuyler Fisk and Marla Sokoloff gathered for a Q&A, some movie-watching… and a few adorable selfies.

 

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"I've known these ladies for 20 years and I feel so lucky to share this special evening with them," wrote actress Marla Sokoloff, who played the girls' sworn enemy Cokie Mason.

Actress Rachel Leigh Cook, who went on to find fame with She's All That, was also there to celebrate the landmark evening.

 

It's ON! #BSCreunion Alamo Theater, Austin Tx

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Rachel played bookworm Mary-Anne in the Nineties film, and seemed delighted to reunite with her former cast members. "It's ON!" she wrote next to a selfie of the ladies before they headed on stage at The Alamo Theatre in Austin, Texas.

And of course the actresses had to pose for a Babysitters Club-style snap, too:

Is it bad we want to go and re-read all the books now?

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