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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The girls are very cult-like.
  • Creator's Pet: Kristy's stepsister, Karen, is loved by everyone except the fandom. They encourage Karen's rude behaviour, including one time they purposely got her to harass a little girl for no reason.
  • Designated Villain: Janine. While from Claudia's point of view it's justifiably fueled by insecurity and jealousy due to Claudia knowing her parents wish she could be as good a student as Janine, it comes off as plain demonizing when the other BSC members do it.
    • Jessi's Aunt Cecilia qualifies. She is definitely right about how an eleven-year-old, regardless of how responsible she is, should not be left in charge of an eight-year-old and a toddler for a whole weekend. (She's wrong, however, in that she seems determined to blame Jessi for the matter, rather than Jessi's parents who left her in charge.)
    • While Pamela Harding is a snotty Alpha Bitch, her debut carries whiffs of this. Karen, Hannie, and Nancy demonized her for not liking pizza or The Wizard of Oz, and for wanting to sleep in a bed instead of a sleeping bag on the floor. That said, she did spend a good chunk of the party being a wet blanket who called Oz a "baby movie", didn't seem interested in any of the party activities despite accepting Karen's invitation, and made fun of Karen for having a blankie and a stuffed animal. That wasn't going to give Karen the best first impression of her.
    • A weird variant happens between the BSC and BSLS series with Natalie Springer. In "Karen's Kite", Natalie stays at the Engle house while her parents go to her grandfather's funeral, and the two end up in a fight. Most of the class turns on Karen for being mean to Natalie. However, "Claudia and Crazy Peaches" reveals that Natalie is actually pushy and demanding and that she was rather bratty when she stayed at the Little House. In hindsight, this makes Karen the designated villain for daring to be upset by it.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Shannon is very popular among members of some snark communities. Amusingly, so is background character Pete Black. Janine also has a following.
    • Andrew in the Little Sister series.
  • Fad Dissonance: It's pretty hilarious to read about Claudia's totally weird new friend who wears long dresses and flared jeans, both of which have come back into style since the books were published.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Sam/Stacey.
  • Ho Yay/Les Yay: Lesbian subtext is a popular topic of discussion among fans. Some would also argue that Jeff Schafer has quite a bit of "chemistry" with Mallory's triplet brothers, particularly Byron.
  • Memetic Outfit: Many of Claudia's.
  • Periphery Demographic
  • Rooting for the Empire: Quite a few readers of the Little Sister series cheer Pamela on whenever she gives Karen a bad time.
  • The Scrappy: Dawn has garnered a rather large Hatedom in recent years.
    • It's probably easier to catch the Loch Ness Monster than it is to find fans of Karen Brewer.
  • Snark Bait: Several blogs and online communities are devoted to snarking these books.
  • Tear Jerker: The death of Louie, Mimi's stroke, deteriorating health and eventual death, and a lot of Abby's autobiography.
    • Jessi's baby brother, Squirt, getting hurt in a car wreck.
    • Amelia's death in book #93. While she's a clear case of Long Lost Uncle Aesop, she's portrayed as a genuinely sweet girl and everyone's reactions to her loss is just heartbreaking.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Every description of Mallory and Jessi includes their similarities and differences. The problem? One of the girls' "differences" is that Mallory is white and Jessi is black. No matter who is narrating, they use this comparison EVERY SINGLE BOOK.
  • The Woobie: Mary Anne in the early books was shy, prone to tears and severely overprotected by her dad. Also Mallory, if you believed her misfortunes were entirely undeserved. And Jessi, due to the racism she suffered early on. In the Little Sister series, Andrew Brewer and Natalie Springer.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Karen Brewer if you really consider what she's had to live with. Her parents divorced and remarried within a year and she was apparently expected to adjust pronto despite being six years old at the time. Then Watson and Elizabeth dropped a "surprise! We adopted a baby!" bomb on the whole family. Her behavior may be annoying, but it's hardly surprising.
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