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The Compulsive Reader: Sweet Valley High is Making a Comeback

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Sweet Valley High is Making a Comeback

Remember the Sweet Valley High? The twins Elizabeth and Jessica and their gazillion books? And their Special Edition books? And their Holiday books? And the college years? And (don't quote me on this one) wasn't their even a supernatural series?

Well, get this: they're back.

That's right. On April 8th, The Sweet Valley High Book One is being re-released with a cover from the 21st century.

Then.


Now.

I'd say that's quite a big change. How much the series has changed (it was originally published 24 years ago), I have no clue. I'll have to see if I can snag myself a copy to let you know, but let me tell you: I always thought these girls were too perfect. And it seems that in this day and age, Mary Janes are not welcome in the YA genre. It'll be interesting to see if they're as much of a hit now as they were back then. What do you guys think?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me? Sweet Valley High has become synonymous with cliche! There's no way this will fly. The first couple books maybe, because everyone will be all like, OMG! It's Sweet Valley again! But then it will become known as the kit that couldn't make it twenty years later.

bottle-of-shine said...

I don't know, people love to mock them, so I wonder how much the sales will be driven by people wanting to get their hands on a huge chunk of their childhood since the originals are out of print.

harmonybookreviews said...

I've never read any of the old ones. Heard about them, sure but they never really jumped out at me. I was really surprised to see it listed on TRT. I'll have to try them out and see what happens...

Sherry said...

Wow. That link bottle-of-shine provided just blows me away: not because of the content, but to what extents people go through to express hatred of one measly thing.

I read a couple, and even back then I got bored of them. No joke, the series has so many subdivisions, it gets old. And I think the same will happen now. I know one thing: when I read a book, I need a flawed character to read about. and I'm guessing many my age too. To me, this one looks like a sinker . . .

Megan said...

I read one or two of these books way back when but I never did get into them very much, but it seems to be a bit of trend that the books that I liked are being re-released.

Just think about how Carebears and Strawberry Shortcake are all over place now. The people who loved those things are now consumers and possibly even consumers with kids.

Book Brat said...

I believe that this time Teen readers are kind of looking for books with substance and some levels of believability and Sweet Valley doesn't have that you know. But for me this is some pretty exciting news.

The Book Muncher said...

i am tagging you for a meme:
http://thebookmuncher.blogspot.com/2008/03/6-random-things-meme.html
toodles!

teenbookreview said...

I loved those books years ago, but now I realize they kind of sucked.

Also: I tagged you for the six-random-things meme. http://teenbookreview.wordpress.com/2008/03/18/six-things/. but don't feel obligated!

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