Bret Easton Ellis meets 'The Baby-Sitters Club': Sugar highs galore!

The-Babysitters-ClubImage Credit: Jeff BurtonWho would have thought that Bret Easton Ellis and The Baby-Sitters Club would go together like peanut butter and cocaine-fueled dissolution? Drew Grant of Crushable wrote a pretty impressive parody combining BEE and BSC into something approaching art. She nails the feel of Ellis’ long, stream-of-drug-addled-consciousness sentences, with Pixie Stix and the Beach Boys replacing the blow and snuff films. An excerpt:

“‘Sorry, I just want to make sure we’re um, all clear on who is going to baby-sitting David Michael tonight, because that should be, our top priority right?’ Now everyone was staring at me and I wish I had eaten lunch or at least some of those Jiff/Wonderbread peanut-butter sandwiches Mom made. There was still some organic Farmer’s Market celery stalks that were half-wilting with Hidden Valley in those new melamine plates in the middle of the room, but I was two seconds away from shaking Claudia down for some Snickers or something, or maybe just going to grab the Tylenol P.M. in the medicine closet and my hands were shaking and why was everyone just staring at me?”

Brilliant. It’s nice to see a literary mash-up that doesn’t involve vampires, zombies, or vampire zombies. I hope this trend continues. I can’t wait for the part where little Karen Brewer accidentally falls off the roof because Kristy was too high from Flintstones vitamins and cherry ICEE to notice. I wonder what other unexpected series/author pairings would work. Maybe Chuck Palahniuk’s The Boxcar Children? Michel Houellebecq’s The Hardy Boys? Charles Bukowski’s constantly inebriated Encyclopedia Brown? What do you think?

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  • Gael

    wow. this is pretty strange but i loved BSC and American Psycho, so who knows. Maybe it’ll work?

    and i agree, after the desecration that was PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, its nice to see that people have remakes in mind where paranormal creatures are not the focus.

    • SJ

      Well, I personally loved P&P&Zombies, but having ventured further into other mash-ups by different authors I found that you need more than a zany idea to make it work. P&P&Z was well written and was able to keep the bulk of the beloved story together, while having fun with the characters.

      I practically loathe Bret Easton Ellis, but the idea of a Babysitters Club fusion is… intriguing. I guess this idea of how far we can take and stretch nostalgia isn’t burning out so fast. As long as it’s done well, I think this idea can work.

  • Jenn

    Spoiler alert: the truth about Stacey is that she has DIABEETUS!!!

    • FabK

      Perfect comment! Made me laugh. And what about the two who become step-sisters because they hook their parents up.

      • Michael

        Throughout this grand pattern of thgins you actually get an A just for hard work. Where you confused me personally ended up being on the particulars. As it is said, details make or break the argument.. And it couldn’t be much more accurate right here. Having said that, allow me reveal to you exactly what did give good results. The article (parts of it) is certainly extremely persuasive and this is possibly the reason why I am making an effort to comment. I do not really make it a regular habit of doing that. Second, whilst I can easily see a jumps in reasoning you come up with, I am not really sure of exactly how you seem to connect your points that help to make the actual final result. For right now I will subscribe to your issue however wish in the foreseeable future you link your dots better.

  • LoLerblades

    Nice blog about another blog. One note: Drew Grant over at crushable is a “she”.

  • otisbright

    my vote goes for bukowski & encyclopedia brown!

  • John

    Always good to see Bukowski name checked, even if it is in such a weird way. Fellow Buk and Twitter fans, check out two great tastes that taste great together:

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