If you’ve ever used a Mac, you may be familiar with iPhoto. If you are familiar with iPhoto, you may have used Faces. It is a handy tool that has become like a game for me, because I have an inner filer that I let out every once in a while (at first I typed “every once in a file,” which also would have been true). It lets you “tag” you photos, à la Facebook, so that you can easily locate a picture based on who’s in it. Very cool.
I keep photos of Sweet Valley book covers in my iPhoto library, along with other things. James Mathewuse’s cover paintings are realistic enough that it’s possible to label the characters’ faces as if they were friends of mine that I’d been snapping pics of. So I do. And I take it as a badge of true Sweet Valley pride that iPhoto now can recognize some of our favorite characters, guessing who they might be in an effort to help me label. Please enjoy the following impressive specimen.
Wow! That’s pretty impressive, iPhoto. I especially love how it guessed that the concerned girl was Elizabeth and not Jessica. It was right.
Deeper still is the biting subtext of the following labeling query:
See? It’s funny because it’s a word-for-word transcript of what went through my head when I first looked at the cover of this book. Now we know that the girl on the right is Johanna Porter (and so does iPhoto), but she must not be that important. I mean, it’s four books later, and she hasn’t been mentioned again. At least she warrants a tag; the program didn’t even recognize that Peter DeHaven had a face.