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Jealousy

Question:

I’m just in need of a little advice. I have this friend who, to me, has it all. Shes probably one of the prettiest people and everyone thinks so (including my ex boyfriend) she has cute clothes, nice family, she’s smart too. She has perfect skin and is tall and athletic and a good runner and she’s everything I wish I was. It never used to bother me until recently. We both are runners, but she has more of the ‘runners’ body than i do. She’s long and lean, her skin is super clear and she doesn’t have braces and it just makes me so jealous! I wish I was as thin as her, I wish I had good skin like her and cute clothes and I’m just incredibly jealous of her. I really needed to get this out and i thought of telling it to you. I really just don’t know how to deal with this and be happy with myself!  I compare myself to her constantly and whenever I eat something that isn’t healthy I always think, ‘Oh, I bet ____  isn’t eating this,’ and I just don’t know how to get over my jealousy.  Thank you for listening.

Phyllis replied:

You sound incredibly mature to me.  I’ll bet most people would try hard to find fault with this person, masking their jealousy.  You didn’t.  And I think you speak for many, many girls who wish they had the looks or talent of someone else.  I know how you feel.  I’ve been there.  And you’ve taken the first step, of admitting it to yourself.  First of all, NO ONE is perfect, not even this wonderful girl, and if you lived in her family, you’d find something about her that rubs people the wrong way or takes advantage of someone or isn’t as helpful as she could be–ALL of us have faults.  This is not to diminish her, or even to make you look for faults.  Just accept that she’s part of the human race.  Secondly, remember that people like us for different reasons.  Back in seventh grade–no, eithth–I was incredibly jealous of a new girl named Sally.  She was short, dark-haired, cute but not pretty, and her legs were on the heavy side.  Yet guys swarmed around her.  Literally.  Before class, you could always find Sally by the little crowd of guys who hung around her.  All I can tell you is that it was personality.  She had a great smile.  She laughed a lot.  She listened.  And once I accepted that I was jealous, and that she was truly likeable, I made friends with her myself, and learned to like her as the person she was, not the girl I wished I could be.   Think about the things that make you you, the things people most like about you, and concentrate on those.  Improve on those.  Maximize your best features, but don’t strive for perfection, because that can turn people off.  When you’re feeling most jealous, do what I do: think of Sally.

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A Writer too!

Question:

I have written to you a couple times before. I love Alice so much! I think of her as my best friend. I don’t get why grow ups think if you see someone else do something were going to go right out and do it, I love how you brought that up in one of the Alice books. I’m only in the sixth grade but I have read all the Alice books. I’m sure I’m going to make the mistakes she made. I hope to be just like her Alice is a great role model. Thank you so much for Alice because if you hadn’t been here and written Alice for all of us to enjoy idk what I would do. I love writing actually. Do you think if I email you one of my story’s you could read it and maybe give me some advice? I love making a difference in our world. I love to help people to.

 

Phyllis replied:

I so wish I could read all the stories that readers want to send to me, but truly, it’s all I can do to keep up with this website, as well as the business side of my writing, and of course the writing itself.  I recommend that you enter as many writing contests as possible, so that you can get feedback from others.  Write essays and stories for school, for the school newspaper, for magazines that accept stories from readers, and just for fun.  And see if your library can’t organize a critique group of students like yourself who could meet regularly and read their stories to each other for feedback.  Best of luck!

 

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The last of the series

Question:
 
I have been reading the Alice series for many years. I just turned 19, and I picked up ‘I like him, he likes her’ off my shelf yet again. I cannot get over how much I love this series. I still connect with Alice even after all these years. I am so sad that you are releasing the final book of the series because I could read about Alice forever. 
I was wondering if this final book is going to be long. It seems like it has to be a pretty decent length as you are putting forty years of her life into one book. I would sit there and not put the book down until I finished it, even if it was as long as the Harry Potter books (haha). So, though I am sad that the series is ending, I cannot wait to read the final book.
I also was wondering if you are going to sell a book of her senior year as one (like you have with the other high school years). I would really appreciate if you did produce this book. I have the other three years of high school already :)
I just wanted to say, that you are a very talented writer. I will forever cherish the Alice series. And I hope when I have a daughter someday, I can pass these books onto her so she can enjoy them as much as I have (and will continue to do, no matter how old I get!). Thank you so much for creating this series. 
 
Phyllis replied:
 
Yes, the final Alice book–coming out next fall–Always Alice–will be twice as long as the usual Alice book.  And there will be a bind-up of the three books of her senior year, though I’m not sure yet of the title.  They are thinking about “You and Me, and the Space Between,” or something like that.  And the cover will be the same as the cover of “Alice On Board.”  (Now THAT should be confusing).  But the cover of the final book in the series, Always Alice, will be a new one.  Stay tuned.  I’m delighted that you enjoy the series so much!

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Alice in German

Question:

Hey, I’m writing in regard to a letter from a reader you posted in the Fan Mail section of your blog on October 29, 2012… the one who says only two of the books are translated into German? Not so! My daughter is reading them in German (she loves them) and we have four of them, published by the Schatzinsel imprint of Fischer Verlag… they seem to have published quite a few of them! Some may be out of print, but they are mostly available on amazon.de. You should let your German-speaking fans know, in particular your correspondent of the 29th.

Aha, further searching indicates that they are now published by Loewe Verlag (the Schatzinsel ones must be older):
http://www.loewe-verlag.de/autoren/autor-154_reynolds_naylor_phyllis.html

regards, and thanks for the books

Phyllis replied:

Thanks for this information.  I’m sure it will be helpful to many readers.  Sometimes another publisher will do a

translation of the Alice books up until the stories start dealing with sexual matters and more sophisticated material, and

then they stop publishing the series.  I haven’t kept track of just how many books are translated into German, but the best way to  get more is to write the German publisher, and request it.

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Always Alice

Question:

Hi, i am a really big fan i love your books and i am really exited for always alice. I heard that you were going to put something on your website after always alice comes out. With an explanation of every book, bio of every person, of like there dates, crushes. I wanted to know if you were also going to put that into book form an publish that. I would really enjoy that if you were willing to, but do you think you could? Also i was wondering what all you can tell me about always alice. Thanks for writing my favourite series, and keeping them going this long. (: its much appreciated by me, and I’m sure many other fans.(:

Phyllis replied:

I had first suggested to my editor that we publish all the Alice data in book form and sell it, but she feels it would be better to offer it free, and let you download it from the Internet.  I don’t know yet what we’re calling these 100 pages or so of information about Alice, but we’ll think of something.  As for telling you about “Always Alice,” there’s nothing more I want to say in advance except that it follows Alice from her first year of college to age 60, with everything that happens in between to both her and her friends and family.

 

 

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Elizabeth’s earrings

Question: 

love the Alice books so so so much!!

They are the best books ever! Thank you so so much for writing them! I am 12 years old and I have read every Alice book.  I am so excited for Always Alice!!
I wonder what will happen to Alice and all of her friends! And lester and Patrick and people like that.
I have one question: In The Agony of Alice it says Elizabeth got her ears pierced so she could where earrings with her gypsy costume (” Elizabeth even ha her ears pierced so she could wear some hoop earrings). And in one of the other books (maybe All But Alice?) Elizabeth’s refusal to get her ears pierced is a plot point. Please Explain. 
Oh, and if you HAD to choose, which is your favorite Alice book? I love all of them especially Alice In Between, Incredibly Alice, Simply Alice. Intensely Alice  I love them all so much!!
Thank you thank you thank you for writing!!
 
Phyllis replied:
 
I know, I know.  That isn’t the only mistake in the Alice series.  If you look closely, you’ll see that Alice has three different birth dates in various books, not to mention all the other things that slipped by.  To celebrate the series, and my fans’ careful observations, we are going to put all this online after the final book is published next year.  You’ll be able to go to the Alice website and click on something that will give you about 100 pages of every detail of every Alice book. You’ll be able to read summaries of each book, details of each character’s features, bedroom, birthday parties, love life, gifts received and given, teachers, courses, every fact you’ve ever wanted to know or had forgotten about.  Enjoy, enjoy!

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Hope they don’t end

Question:

I love your books. I’ve been reading them since 7th grade. it all started when our teacher took us to the libary and we were about to leave so i picked a book and i picked alice in april and after that book i loved to read alice books and i just wanted to say your my role model i love to read because of these books hope they don’t end.
 
Phyllis replied:
 
Wouldn’t it be great if things we loved went on forever?  But, like everything else, the series has to end, and I figured I had better write the last book while I still had my wits about me, which I’m glad to say I do.  I will be writing many other books about other things, but the final Alice book will come out next year, and I really, truly, think you will be pleased.

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An Alice Movie?

Question:
 
I just want to say that I truly love all your series books of Alice! I can really relate myself through what Alice goes through and I actually finished reading Intensely Alice just today.. made me cry and really broke my heart to find out that —— had passed away. I wanted to ask a question if there’s going to be a movie or series based on the Alice books! I think it would be really awesome and I would be extremely ecstatic to know! I know that there’s a movie Alice Upside Down based on Alice in Agony, but I didn’t really like it much since it didn’t really follow well with the book. But nevertheless, I would extremely enjoy watching a series or movie based on Alice’s high school experience! Huge fan since I was in 5th-6th grade back in ’03 :)

Phyllis replied:

 

Phyllis replied:

I wish there would be a good movie too, but so far, the producers have not made any mention of one, and they

hold the movie rights.

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What Could I Write About?

Question:

I absolutely love the Alice Series, and I wish I had started reading them  earlier. I know you probably have heard lots of letters like this, but, I really wanted to know, what inspired you to write the Alice Series? I was thinking about becoming a writer, and I wondered if you could give me any advice or topics to write about. I like writing, but I can’t seem to write anything worth publishing yet. Your reply will be greatly welcomed!   

Phyllis replied:

I didn’t know I was going to write a series when I began.  I just had the idea to write about a motherless girl looking for a role model.  The best topics to write about are the ones that begin with you, not with someone else.  What’s the story or book that only you can write?  If you think you have nothing to write about because you feel you are the most ordinary girl in the world, then write a funny story or article about the World’s Most Ordinary Girl.  One way to discover what’s inside you is to think about the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you, or the episode that made you the most angry, or most sad, or most frightened, and write just a few lines about it down on paper.  Then turn it over to your imagination and give it wings.  Let it happen to someone else.  Have it begin differently, end differently, etc.  You have started with something that was dear to your heart and turned it into a story that no one else would recognize as beginning with you.

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Passing the series down

Question:

my sister introdused me to alice i am still injoying the wonderful journeys with alice and i hope that your alice seriese will be passed down in my familey and other girls will  not only read but become friends with alice just like i did and am continuing to do

 

Phyllis replied:

I love hearing that the books are traveling from one person to another in a family or a reading group or a bunch of friends.  Thanks for letting me know!

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