Somehow we stumbled on the topic of the Sweet Valley High series in Frisky group chat this week and I found myself arguing the merits of various characters from the series. I’ve read most of the books multiple times and used to collect them — I was forced to give up about 20 of them during a major move about eight years ago and it’s among the greatest regrets of my life — so I consider myself a little bit of a Sweet Valley expert. Oh fuck it, I thought. I’ll just rank them. I started with the dudes, ranking them based on a mixture of how attractive they were as drawn with colored pencil on their relevant book covers, how interesting their little micro dramas were and various other criteria, like whether I would hit it… Keep reading »
When I heard that Diablo Cody had signed on to write the big-screen version of my beloved Sweet Valley High series, I died a little inside. In a good way. You see, I’m such a hardcore SVH fan that I collect the series and read them on the regular. I am still not over the butchering that occurred when SVH became a TV show, starring a bunch of losers who had no business tainting Francine Pascal’s vision. However, Diablo Cody I trust. Mostly. I’m thrilled to learn that the film will be taking place in the ’80s, which means it will, hopefully, be inspired aesthetically by the original book covers, recognizable by their soft-focus-colored pencil drawings. However, I’m concerned that Diablo might need help casting the film. I’ll never forgive her if Lila Fowler is played by, shudder, Megan Fox, or Bruce Patman’s brawny bad boy is ruined by faux badass Shia LeBeouf. Diablo, I hope you are reading.
“I want it to be wonderfully nostalgic. I want it to be to the ’80s what ‘American Graffiti’ was to the [early] ’60s. I want it to be looking back on a really cool time and enjoying yourself and I want it to be glamorous and colorful and bubblegum and a feast for the senses. That’s my plan.”
– Diablo Cody talks about her upcoming film adaptation of the Sweet Valley High teen book series. I am basically losing my mind over this. I still read SVH on the beach during the summer and am still pissed about that ’90s TV series hack job. Bring on the lariat necklaces! The blue-green eyes the color of the Pacific! The perfect size 6 figures! Bring me the Wakefield twins as they were meant to be! [Indiewire]
Today is an exciting day. Sitting on my nightstand, the just released book, Sweet Valley Confidential, about the Wakefield twins 10 years after they’ve left high school. As a hardcore SVH fan — I collect the books and still read them on the beach during the summer — I cannot wait to dive in and find out what that bookworm Liz Wakefield is up to now that she lives in New York, and whether Jessica Wakefield’s bad girl antics have finally landed her in some real hot water. And, oh, I am dying to read how their style has evolved since the years when they wore matching lavaliere necklaces. After the jump, what I imagine naughty Jessica and good girl Liz would wear now! Keep reading »
Twins Brittany (right) and Cynthia (left) Daniel played Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, respectively, on the television show “Sweet Valley High,” which ran from 1994 to 1997. Jessica and Elizabeth were the quintessential California good girls and Brittany and Cynthia definitely played the parts well. These days, the twins have their own uniquely defined styles. Cynthia is more glam, while Brittany, who is dating director Keenen Ivory Wayans, is punkier. Check out her cropped cut, ear project, and tattoos. [L.A., 11/9/10] Keep reading »
You guys. I’m kind of losing my mind this morning. Behold, on the left, the cover of the upcoming book Sweet Valley Confidential, which takes places 10 years after high school. According to the website for the book, which comes out in holy-crap-why-so-far-away March 29, 2011, twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are now estranged. Over-achieving Elizabeth is living in New York City, while vapid (but decidedly more fun) sister Jessica is stuck in Sweet Valley. What did Jessica do to Liz that was so bad that the good-hearted twin actually wants revenge?! Dying to know! But more shocking to me is the fact that, apparently, author Francine Pascal (right) is a real, live human being who has been writing the books for all this time — since 1983! My whole life, I just assumed it was a pen name, like V.C. Andrews! [People] Keep reading »