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GirlyCon. It will be decentralized house parties. Run them like an unconference or a barcamp or WoolfCamp. Any time is GirlyTime.

Chocolate! Ponies! Cocktails!

Horse books, Elsie Dinsmore, Louisa May Alcott, Nancy Drew, Ruth Fielding, Trennels, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Marguerite Henry, Angela Brazil, Babysitters' Club, what the fuck ever, but that sort of thing. for all of y'all who are not stuck in 1910 books about boarding school girls' basketball teams... Manga. I'm just saying, I have a serious longing to discuss girls' series books that I read when I was little, and re-read now.

Whatever we think of as girl canon!

At a GirlyCon we all go to somebody's house for a good long while, all day or a weekend or a sleepover, and do readings out loud from girls' books.

We make fun of it all, celebrate it, and critique the hell out of it.

Reading, then discussion of the reading or the book; reading, then discussion; and so on, with potluck and drinks in between!

There should be ridiculousness, quizzes, crafty gifts, zines, art, and costumes... Or not, if that's too much effort.

If you do this then write it up and tag it girlycon or #girlycon.

What do y'all think of this idea?

Date: 2009-05-26 07:48 pm (UTC)
haddayr: Silhouette of a woman at a typewriter with a cane across the back of her chair (Default)
From: [personal profile] haddayr
Add in Laura Ingalls Wilder and I'm in! :-)

Date: 2009-05-27 09:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fullygoldy
Eeeee! Happy Hollisters! Until now, I thought I was the only person who read these (my parochial school library had them all)! And they were *so much better* than the Bobbsey Twins (to my 4th-6th grade mind). yeesh. I can see those red covers clearly.

Date: 2009-05-28 05:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gramina
Oh, *definitely* Caddie Woodlawn. And the Boxcar stories? I don't remember the title -- and were they girl stories, or ... ? (Definitely not Girl Stories, but rather the reverse, were the Danny whosit SF stories -- I remember mushroom men, I think, and UFOs...) What about the E. Nesbitt stories? Joan Aiken?

Date: 2009-05-31 11:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rachelmanija
Danny Dunn is surprisingly not sexist, IIRC; Irene is part of the team and smart and awesome, and her being smart is genuinely seen as positive by the author and characters rather than as (cough*Hermione*) making her a humorless stick-in-the-mud.

Date: 2009-05-26 08:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mig
Swoon!

I'd be all over the "stuck in 1910" section. Dorothy Canfield, Rachel Field, Maude Hart Lovelace, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Gene Stratton Porter.... Bring it on!

Then can we wallow in the Tammy Pierce week-long intensive extravaganza? And critically examine the contents of "Tatterhood" and other feminist relations of traditional tales as reflective of the state of feminism at their publishing date?

You went and got me all excited.

I'm in!

Date: 2009-05-26 08:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] notperky
I need to read more antonia forest.
and i just bought a copy of the girl of the limberlost at the oakland white elephant.

Date: 2009-05-26 10:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mig
Dorothy Canfield wrote "Understood Betsy", with the fabulous Cousin Anne for butch subtext in rural Vermont.

I must now go check all of the Ruth Fielding books out of the library, because I somehow missed that series entirely! Like a present from the sky, thank you! (except boo, they have NONE of them, which means a different level of search required....) Interestingly, my local library also has none of the Bobbsey Twins. I may never forgive my mother for giving away all the nancy drews/cherry ames/dana sisters when I "grew out" of them. The ones that ostensibly remain in print have been so revised that it's impossible to critique them as the social reflections they were.

I discovered the Limberlost as an adult, but found it so hauntingly beautiful!

There's a whole Scholastic Book Sale rat hole, too.... Remember Katie John?

And I would so, so come to this slumberparty, and I know a few other local women that would, too.

Date: 2009-05-27 07:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bibliofile
Quiet reading time every day! And arts and crafts (glitter possibly metaphorical as otherwise tough to clean up). That would be too much fun!

Date: 2009-05-28 05:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wordweaverlynn
I have read some of the Ruth Fielding books.

I've actually read "Lavender and Old Lace," too, which is better known now from being mocked in "Arsenic and Old Lace."

Date: 2009-05-26 09:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] were_duck
This is a fantastic idea! I would so go to a GirlyCon.

Late Monday night [livejournal.com profile] cabell was talking about crossover Babysitter's Club/X-Men femslash--crossover pairings that fix the canon on some of these books is fun and I recommend it!

Date: 2009-05-27 01:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] onceupon
crossover Babysitter's Club/X-Men femslash

I would SO read this.

Date: 2009-05-27 06:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] seeksadventure
Well then do I have a link for you.

"Jubilee and the Fifty-Foot Janine"

Date: 2009-05-26 09:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rae_beta
Oh, I am so there. And I will bring sparkly tulle to make hair bows, and my one-volume edition of the Katy Carr books, and maybe Dancing Shoes, and every Anastasia Krupnik book I can find.

..ooh, and of course The Girl With the Silver Eyes!

Date: 2009-05-26 11:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rae_beta
Yes! And her agonizing about having a crush on her teacher.

Date: 2009-05-26 10:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] revena
BWEE YES THIS. Hair braiding and nail painting during the readings!

Date: 2009-05-26 10:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] laceblade
I WILL FLY ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD TO ATTEND THIS CONVENTION.

Date: 2009-05-29 04:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] raanve
FLY TO MY HOUSE WE WILL DO THIS THING RIGHT.

(By which I mean, there can be beers!)

Date: 2009-05-26 10:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] al_zorra
The Elsie Dinsmore books? Omygoddessa -- that's child abuse. With slaves.

Where are the horse books?

Love, C.

Date: 2009-05-26 11:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] al_zorra
The only elsie we had is numero uno. Even my religious mother found the racism and southerness too much to handle. As a child my problems were with her daddy mess and the religion. And ugh, the religion. I was a dirty little pagan nearly from infancy.

The slave stuff -- I just could not parse, too young yet for any history of the Civil War and slavery. Putting that together with daddy's little riding crop and the pulling down of panties and all the rest of it, it was all just too kinky for kid moi.

I mean there's kinky and then there's fun kinky, and that just wasn't it, not with daddy and jesus all wrapped up in slavery.

Love, C.

Date: 2009-05-27 02:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] al_zorra
These books could well be a most useful lens for several kinds of historical-social studies of USian culture.

Maybe I should try to find some of the other volumes? I admit to not looking forward to reading them.

What a confusing book Elsie was to a Lutheran North Dakota farm girl in the last half of the 20th century. I never could figure out that thing of the daddy's best friend and Elsie. What did daddy do? Pimp out his daughter to rich old friend? Had daddy gambled away all his own funds? What was that all about? The daddies forcing a beautiful little girl to wear rich, beautiful clothes against her will? And the rest of the kids with which she was being raised, and the tutor? This was beyond comprehension. And besides, I didn't like it, all that jesus stuff and no horses or dogs or mystery.

Love, c.

Date: 2009-05-27 05:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] al_zorra
I never read any of the nurse series-es. Zip interest. My younger sister did though.

I didn't much care for Nancy Drew either, probably the only girl in the universe who didn't. Though I did read many of them as my lesser resort when reading materials were thin on the water.

I was the Gene Stratton-Porter kind: class, kinky romantic something or other, landscapes, animals! And King Arthur, and Robin Hood and Sir Walter Scott and Ben-Hur, mythology, fairy tales and folktales of all kinds. A lot of Zane Grey. SF/f as we know it was almost as scarse as hen's teeth in our neighborhood, but we did have Tarzan. So it was superhero comix to which I had to resort.

Plus teenage romance. Ooooh, I loved Tarkington's Seventeen, and also the opposite of Seventeen, the author's Penrod tales.

Did you by chance ever come across The Girls of St. Bedes? First contact with the concept of boarding school or private-public school, etc., British. The word 'fortnight' for the first time. And set in the era of my grandmother's childhood. All very confusing, but over which I mulled deeply.

Love, C.

Date: 2009-05-26 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I'm in. I loved all those books as a kid. I don't have any of them any more, but I'm sure I could get my hands on some. I never knew anyone else who had read _Girl of the Limberlost_ or _Elsie Dinsmore_. -- Berni

Date: 2009-05-27 03:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] oliviacirce
Can there be hair-braiding?

No, but seriously, that sounds pretty frickin' awesome.

Date: 2009-05-27 04:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] oliviacirce
Hurray!

Date: 2009-05-27 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] julianfallsdown
I would do it! Also, Betsy and Tacy! Did anyone else read these or was it just my mom and aunt, passing it on to me?

In college my roommates and I did dramatic readings of Babysitters Club books. The trick was to sneak the slash into the readings like it was there all along, so people wouldn't even notice until several sentences later.

Date: 2009-05-27 05:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] trouble
I would be all over the SVH books. And Trixie Belden! OMG!

Date: 2009-05-27 05:20 am (UTC)
trouble: Sketch of Hermoine from Harry Potter with "Bookworms will rule the world (after we finish the background reading)" on it (Default)
From: [personal profile] trouble
As I keep telling folks, that's not subtext, that's text.

Date: 2009-05-27 06:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karenhealey.livejournal.com
IMMA DO THIS

Date: 2009-05-27 06:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] seeksadventure
I think this is maybe the greatest con idea ever.

Date: 2009-05-27 07:43 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] oyceter
OMG SO THERE. Especially if there are unicorns!

Date: 2009-05-27 11:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sparkymonster
OMG WE MUST DISCUSS MERCEDES LACKEY AND THE MAGIC HORSIES!!!!!


*cough*

And um so much Tamora Pierce and magical companion animals and how often the brown people need nice white ladies to rescue them.

and cracktastic romance novels!

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