The Baby-Sitters Club is Getting the Netflix Treatment
Netflix recently announced that they’ll be releasing an adaptation for The Baby-Sitters Club. And yes, we are talking about the book series we all loved or hated back in the ‘90s. Hard to believe, isn’t it?
The Baby-Sitters Club
The Baby-Sitters Club was a novel series targeted at younger girls (though boys were encouraged to read the series as well). Ann M. Martin wrote the first 35 books in the series, and ghostwriters took over for the rest. In total there were over one hundred novels published for the series.
The series followed ten different main characters. There was Kristin (Kristy) Amanda Thomas, Claudia Lynn Kishi, Mary Anne Spier, Anastasia (Stacey) Elizabeth McGill, Dawn Read Schafer, Mallory Pike, Jessica (Jessi) Davis Ramsey, Abigail (Abby) Stevenson, Logan Bruno, and Shannon Louisa Kilbourne. Some of those names may surprise earlier readers in the series, since they double the cast over time.
As you can easily guess, the one thing all these characters had in common was their teenage job. They were all babysitters. Each character had their own backstory and set of issues and problems. Ann M. Martin seemed to really try to make all the characters diverse—allowing a huge variety of readers to feel a connection to the series.
Netflix is going to be turning the series into 10 episodes. To start with, at least. With over one hundred books to pull from, they’ll have plenty of material to pick and choose from, should they want to do more.
We don’t know if all ten of the core characters will be joining. But we do know that the five originals (Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and Dawn) are going to be included. That’s probably a large enough cast to start with anyway. Netflix promises that their series will be just as wholesome and happy as the novels they’re based on. They’re not looking to make a darker origin story or anything like that.
The most exciting news of all for the BSC fans out there—Ann M. Martin is going to be a producer for the show!
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