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Started by SorrellA on May 9, 2014 8:59:16 AM
Chalet School Does It Again

Thread for all your pressing school story concerns. Why can't they go near a mountain without falling off? Does every nice girl love a doctor? What's the secret of Captain Marlow's super sperm?

SorrellA - 09 May 2014 09:00:42 (#1 of 132)

There's a rather neat fanfic with Giles Marlow marrying Mary-Lou Trelawney. "Mum said she wanted to invite her old headmistress to the wedding..."

MaconLeary - 09 May 2014 09:39:38 (#2 of 132)

If a book opened just after Jennings has broken a leg playing for the second XI against Bracebridge, and was heavily doped up on pain-killers, would he STILL be described as having a 'wide-awake look' as he is every other time he is introduced at the start of a book?

pmcblonde - 09 May 2014 10:19:39 (#3 of 132)

That fanfic is excellent. Very accurate portrayal of Joey

SorrellA - 09 May 2014 15:59:47 (#4 of 132)

Would Jennings be good for a seven year old boy now? I was thinking of getting some for my older son - haven't read them myself for so long though.

SorrellA - 09 May 2014 16:07:02 (#5 of 132)

I like the line about Grandmother offering to have Ginty finished...

Frieda - 09 May 2014 20:08:35 (#6 of 132)

I think I've stumbled about that some time ago. I'm not sure I'm fully recovered yet.

Cordelia - 09 May 2014 20:34:57 (#7 of 132)

I think Jennings would be fine for a 7 year old. Some of the more old fashioned concepts have been making a massive reappearance as a result of Harry Potter (the whole boarding school thing generally) though I assume a 7 year old isn't reading Harry Potter yet there'll be an awareness I'd have thought. I reread one over Easter (I was staying at my parents' in the room with what's known as 'The Children's Bookcase - EE Nesbit, CS Lewis, Arthur Ransome, Willard Price, Anthony Buckeridge, Diana Wynne Jones, Capt. WE Johns, Helen Cresswell, Avonlea, Malory Towers and Chalet School all make an appearance) and loved it.

P.S. I am 7.

P.P.S. Plus 40.

Frieda - 09 May 2014 20:40:02 (#8 of 132)

Oh, I'd love to spend a night (or two) in that Children's Bookcase.

Cordelia - 09 May 2014 20:47:35 (#9 of 132)

It really is a cracking bookcase. Every now and again my parents make noises about maybe throwing some of the seriously battered books away, but retire defeated in the face of wails from both children and grandchildren.

Since this picture was taken a second bookcase has been added and more books collected from around the house or returned from various borrowers (mostly me!)

TatiaCamilla - 10 May 2014 20:09:39 (#10 of 132)

Ever so much more Rose and Lizard over here:

I particularly recommend Dangers Untold, Hardships Unnumbered which is Marlows/Labyrinth.

airynothing - 10 May 2014 20:13:24 (#11 of 132)

And someone on Livejournal has just proposed a Marlows read-though, one book per month, if anyone's interested.

SorrellA - 10 May 2014 20:48:04 (#12 of 132)

What is Labyrinth? I'd seen the crossover but nevvererdofit.

TatiaCamilla - 10 May 2014 20:50:39 (#13 of 132)

Film. 1980s, Jim Henson, David Bowie in extreeeeeeeemely tight trousers as the Goblin King. I'd never actually watched it until after I read the story.

SorrellA - 11 May 2014 18:50:19 (#14 of 132)

Bit more Rose and Lizard which doesn't seem to have made its way to the archive site - Term of Duty (where the twins are in the Sixth)

and The Next Christmas (the Christmas after Run Away Home)

TatiaCamilla - 11 May 2014 20:07:48 (#15 of 132)

She is still writing, by the way, but her own original fiction these days. I highly recommend.

Simonethebeaver - 30 May 2014 16:36:34 (#16 of 132)

Shocking omission! And how can anyone claim that Blyton's characterisation was remotely like real human people?

SorrellA - 30 May 2014 18:46:25 (#17 of 132)

Oh, that's lazy. Half of them aren't even boarding school stories - Miss Pym Disposes and the Narnia series, good though they are.

LilacWine - 30 May 2014 18:55:50 (#18 of 132)

Miss Pym is a boarding school story, isn't it? All the action takes place in a boarding school.

Tomnoddy - 30 May 2014 19:19:23 (#19 of 132)

Jill Pole and Eustace Scrubb (is that surname right?) were at a boarding school together.

SorrellA - 30 May 2014 19:33:11 (#20 of 132)

They're not children in Miss Pym - it's a college for girls/ young women who have left school to train to be games mistresses. And the boarding school is such a tiny/ eagerly escaped part of the Narnia books. Moar Chalet School and Antonia Forest!

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