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Eli Should Have Been The GOTY 2019.

It's been three years since Blaire Wilson debuted. While that fact is a bit shocking to me, considering 2019 was the last normal year before Covid came along and changed the world, it's the truth.


I read Blaire's books early, in mid-December 2018, when I got them from a bookstore in Pennsylvania. I was in Pennsylvania for a scoliosis treatment that turned out to be a scam. Oh well, at least I got Blaire's books early and visited the now-closed AG Hershey outlet like 4 or 5 times... anyways, onto the point of the post.


I remember reading Blaire's second book, Blaire Cooks Up A Plan, in my hotel room. I didn't exactly hate the first book, but Blaire was a bit of a bland character, considering her only problems were having a dairy sensitivity (which I can relate to, I do have a dairy allergy myself, but to me it's no big deal), being on devices all the time and planning a wedding. At the age of TEN YEARS OLD. I wouldn't trust my ten year old self to plan a wedding, and I shared the same sentiment when I was thirteen and read the books for the first time. But when I read the second book, I enjoyed it.


Not because of Blaire. Because of Blaire's new friend. The new boy at school. Eli Carr, who should have been GOTY 2019. (Well, a female version with the same personality. Eliza Carr?)


Obviously, Eli is very cool, so this is why I'm making this post. Eli is new to Blaire's school and is in her fifth-grade class. At first, Eli is a little shy and doesn't interact with people, and is only seen as a mysterious new kid who wears funny shirts, uses his tablet in class and is bullied on the bus. He isn't friendly to Blaire at first, but Blaire wants to connect with him, so she sits next to him at lunch. They connect through their love of online videos, but once the videos remind him of something that happened to him in the past, he just stops talking. But Blaire still invites him, as well as the whole class, to a sauce-making party for the food pantry at Pleasant View Farm, where she lives.


Eli records the making of the sauce and bonds with the little kids in attendance, but he spills and messes up some of the sauce because of his recordings, which irritates Blaire. However, when Eli shows the video to his class, Blaire realizes that he's actually a good filmmaker, and he explains to her that he used to make videos with his dad. He moved a lot for his dad's filmmaking job and recorded the town a lot, but his dad passed away and he misses him. Blaire and Eli then become friends, and Blaire decides to use the video to help the food pantry.


Compare that character arc to Blaire's. To me, that's way more compelling. Not just because I'm a filmmaker too, but because it just has more personal meaning to it, and the best stories always have some sort of personal meaning to a character's arc.


Also, we need a better filmmaking doll than Z. I like Z. She's cool, and I just reread her series, but I didn't like her second book because it was just Z messing things up on a film set and worrying about posting pictures and texting. That is NOT a committed filmmaker- that is just someone who wants to be one, but doesn't commit themselves. Filmmakers need not only creativity, but dedication, passion and love for their project. Even if it's just a video of the beach, there needs to be something there that drives a filmmaker to create.


Z didn't care- she just wanted to post on social media- while I've been working on the same thing for over 3 years because I just am dying to tell the story I deliriously created in 2019 to the whole world. Three years is overkill normally, but if you're a student with a big passion project, then it makes sense. Anyways, if the story focused on Eli, we'd finally get a story of a filmmaker with a goal and a reason to create- a true film doll.


In conclusion, Eli Carr should have been the Girl of the Year 2019. I rest my case.

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To be honest, I would have liked Blaire better if she had focused more on her farm or ranch life and how at the time farmers and ranchers were actually struggling to keep their properties and make ends meet. This would have been compelling for me. Of course, Eli as a filmmaker would have been great, as long as the accessories would be appealing. At the end of the day Mattel has to think about what will sell for a year. A farm girl is more appealing to kids, with farm animals and the like so I understand why they went this route on the doll. But the books still could have been executed better in a way that showc…


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Apple, and co.
Apple, and co.
11 de mar. de 2022

You are so right. A ten year old being that addicted to the tablet is SO unrealistic. Reading the books made me think I was on there half as much as her for REMOTE LEARNING, not contacting a GROWN ADULT WOMAN STRANGER WHO WANTS TO PLAN THEIR SON’S STINKIN WEDDING WITH YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE SO FULL OF YOURSELF. yeah. Blaire’s fine, her first book Is mediocre.

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Lylah C.
Lylah C.
09 de mar. de 2022

I completely agree. Blaire's first book was a bit funky, especially with her communicating online with an adult woman. I agree that Eli should've been the GOTY 2019.

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violette
violette
10 de mar. de 2022
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Yeah, that's weird for a 10 year old to be online with an adult.

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Oh, and I also want a girl who plays bagpipes, because, well... I want doll sized bagpipes. Tell me that wouldn't be epic. She could also do highland dancing and have a sheepdog that does sheep trials.

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That would be sooo cute!

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A girl of the year who is a paleontologist would be so neat! I'd definitely buy that doll. If that doll ever gets released, her outfit would most certainly be dinosaur themed.

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I can see her having a super cool ammonite necklace as part of her accessories, and also a rock hunting kit with a rock hammer and goggles and a half dug out dino. BTW... if you love dinos and haven't seen it, check out dinosaur britain on youtube. It's like Jurassic Park meets paleo documentary.

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