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Sadlers Wells
Monday 24th September 2012 8:26 pm

Last year, after Yuletide, I thought I should re-read the Sadler Wells series close to the next Yuletide so then I can read fic in it and know who the characters are. I promptly forgot this until people started posting about canons etc, so then I went and re-read them. Well, the first twelve books anyway, the last two are hundreds of pounds.

They're a series by Lorna Hill involving various girls going to the Royal Ballet School (which used to be called Sadlers Wells, and was when she started writing them, hence the name of the series). I read the first eight when I was a child (it was, I think, the first fandom I ever tried writing fanfic for - although I didn't know what fanfic was then). It was only when I was re-reading books I read as a child a few years ago that I discovered there were more books.

I thought it might also be interesting to see if the ballet bits made more sense now I'd done some ballet. The answer is... not really. Most of it is either obvious roughly what it is or could be anything but it doesn't matter. Knowing that a pas de chat is actually a sideways jump over a short fence (and isn't really anything to do with cats) doesn't make much difference to me when I'm reading the characters executing one.

Not that there's a great deal of ballet going on. A lot of the books concern the hard life of a girl who has some ballet lessons and is really good at it (and more often than not, short, looks younger than her age and is pale with big, dark eyes). Some of them get into the Wells at the end of the book and that's pretty much it. The earlier books are better, dealing with people going through multiple books, but then it descends into a girl per book, who gets mentioned in the next one if you're lucky.

So I think I'm going to request it for Yuletide - I feel that Rosanna got particularly shafted there. So unless I change my mind my Yuletide requests are going to be Sarah Jane Smith audios, Make It or Break It, Vorkosigan Saga (some of which I re-read over the summer) and Sadlers Wells.

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