The Book vs the Movie: The Baby-sitters Club


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Book written by Ann M. Martin, 1986
Movie directed by Melanie Mayron, 1995

For this series, I am only comparing the first book to the movie. While I am aware that the movie covers more than the first book, I still have as of yet to read the rest of the series. Perhaps once I finish the series, I will come back to this one. I am going to go off what I know from the first book in comparison to the movie in regards to the feel of the characters.

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The Baby-sitters Club Book 1: Kristy’s Great Idea

Kristy thinks the Baby-sitters Club is a great idea. She and her friends Claudia, Stacey and Mary Anne all love taking care of kids. A club will give them the chance to have lots of fun-and make tons of money.

But nobody counted on crank calls, uncontrollable two-year-olds, wild pets, and parents who don’t always tell the truth. And then there’s Stacey, who’s acting more and more mysterious. Having a baby-sitters club isn’t easy, but Kristy and her friends aren’t giving up until they get it right!


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Which I Viewed First: The movie.

Which I Enjoyed Most: Book.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 4 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 3.5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: More character depth/liked the characters better.

Things the Movie Did Better: Liked it, but not as well as the book.  The cast did a great job but there were so many girls that I felt hard to connect with most of them. I’m curious to see if I feel the same with the later books that have more characters.

Verdict?: The book.

Should the movie be re-made?: No.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!



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