As I continue to get older year by year, I have become ever so appreciative for that of nostalgia. It seems others these days are appreciating that greatness that nostalgia is as well. The 90s are making a comeback with a return of some of my favorite things to have come out of that decade saying “Hey!” again. When I think back on to the times of the 90s, I think Nickelodeon, friendship bracelets, Friday nights with TGIF on ABC,Farley’s Gummy Fruit Snacks and The BabySitter’s Club.
As someone who grew up in the 90s, I was one of the many fans of hugely popular book series that was “The BabySitter’s Club”. I probably at one time owned every book. It was recently announced that this book series was in talks to be adapted into a television series. After hearing this my 90s inner self was very much like….. “Oh, my gosh! Whatttttttt!!!!!!!! That is AMAZING!!!!!!!!”.
Here and there ever so often, I find myself feeling nostalgic for the more easier, more simply days of my younger years. So I decided to go to my local bookstore and find any copy (cause there were over hundreds of books in this series) from the series to read and remember those days of simplicity and being much more carefree. Like I previously mentioned, I at one time in my earlier days probably owned every copy from this series. Then at some point in high school, my family had a garage sale. Seeing how I was now a little bit older and reading for fun was at the time a thing of the past, I put my books from this series in the pile for things to sell at the garage sale. At the time they were just collecting dust on my bookshelves, anyways. Most of my spare time when not in school was spent hanging out at the mall with my small group of friends (a very 90s thing), seeing movies with my small group of friends, or being that person in the marching band (who was not qualified in the least to be in cause I never could understand what was going on). Reading for the fun of it kind of took a pause. So why not sell them, it wasn’t like I was reading them like I use to.
So back to my recent visit to the bookstore to find a book from my favorite series growing up. A series, for which I was very fond of back in the day. Well, these days it doesn’t seem to matter how popular a series was at the time way back when, when dealing in the present. I was stunned when the employee at the store told me that the series was no longer in stock and hadn’t been for years. The only copy that was available was the very first issue from the series with a new updated book cover. This was the only available book to purchase besides some kind of book for a kindle. Seeing how I am the least technological person, I opted for the actual book version.
I did find out while at the store that there are a few books from the series that have now been made into graphic novels. I bought a copy of one. While I appreciate that the series is still now available in some kind of way, it is just simply not the same for me. It’s wonderful that a new generation can still read the books from this series, albeit in a different manner. Although for me, these graphic novels from the series just don’t compare to the original form of the books.
I always appreciated this series. It was one I grew up reading. My friends grew up reading. It was a thing of the time. When I decided to sell them at a garage sale, it wasn’t that I didn’t love the series anymore. It just didn’t make sense at the time to keep so many books that I hadn’t read in awhile. I thought if I ever wanted to read one again that they would always be available to buy at a bookstore. Then years later when feeling nostalgic for the easier and more simply days of living, I went to the bookstore in hopes of seeing those fun, colorful covers on the bookshelf. I would see these books from my youth and feel better and remember the better times earlier on in my life.
Growing up, I could never really understand what the big deal about nostalgia was. As I have gotten older, I get it now. While nostalgia doesn’t make life better or easier, it does bring you back to a time in your life when maybe it was that simple or that easy. Memories of good times that may no longer exist, but stay with you even as the years go. And they do go by quicker than they are here. Finding out that this series that I grew up with is no longer available to read in the same form as it once was, was quite disappointing. It’s at little moments in life such as these ones where I wish I had one of those several time machines that every show seems to have these days on one of the many CW shows (The Flash, The Legends of Tomorrow). I’d tell my 90s self, “Save a few books. One day you’ll miss them and they will no longer be available to find”. There are definitely more important reasons, of course, for using an imaginary time machine, I’m aware. This time it would be strictly for nostalgic, pop culture fun purposes.
Along with that sudden disappointment, months later came news that the series was in talks to be revived in the form of a television series. I have become quite “The TV Nerd” in the last several years. So I was over the moon with excitement when this news arrived of a television series based on my favorite book series growing up, was actually a possible future reality.
This is actually not the first time that this book series was a television series. Along with a feature film in the 90s, there was a short lived version on TV. I actually don’t remember this series from the time it was on TV. Not a huge TV Nerd in my younger days, shocking I know. Although, I do remember receiving a few birthday presents of the show on VCR tapes. Thankfully, I didn’t get rid of those in the garage sale. It’s been several years since I’ve watched it, but I’m so happy that I still have those to watch at some point again in the meantime till the new version returns.
In today’s crazy and hectic times, with someone such as myself, whose mind can race a thousand miles a second and get way too excited by some things. Things such as a long ago book series book being turned into a TV show in today’s time. Many may think, “Uh, yeah. What’s the big deal? Is that really important when you think about everything going on in the world today?” I obviously know there are more important things in the world besides books, TV, theater, music, movies, and anything else along the lines of pop culture. This “Pop Culture Nerd Who Has Learn to Appreciate Nostalgia”, can realize that sometimes in life it’s the simple things. Something simple, such as news of your favorite book series from the 90s being made into a TV show which can make that gloomy, depression day a bit more enjoyable if even just for one moment in time.