Marissa and guest Mischa Stanton eavesdrop on an upsetting conversation between Jessica Wakefield and Cara Walker, then travel in their mental time machines back to the days before cell phone ubiquity.
I think it's time to break this awkward silence. You didn't do anything wrong, Internet, so I hope you didn't blame yourself for my leaving. It was all grad school's fault. Well, grad school's and mine. I deserve a good share of the blame here.
Look, I'm not saying "hey, let's just pretend nothing happened, let's pick up right where we left off a few years ago." But...I'm not NOT saying that.
Just think about it. We could have something good again.
While you're thinking, read this:
Did you read it? Okay, thanks, that was sweet of you to humor me. My friend posted it on my Facebook wall the other day, and I replied thusly: Claudia is objectively the best, and the books make no mistaking it. Kristy is also clearly the main character - after all, her family got its own spinoff series! But I always loved Mary Anne best, so I object to her low ranking. Below Mallory? And that snob Stacey? Ooh, yeah, diabetes is a really interesting character trait, Stacey. The most interesting thing about Mallory is that she had a big family and she got mono once. Mary Anne was a nice girl with a boyfriend! A cute boyfriend! And she cut her hair short! And her mom died when she was young! Mary Anne rules!!!
What do you think?
It's been really nice catching up, Internet. I hope we can do it again sometime soon. I'd like that.
No, I’m not talking about the mutual antagonism t-shirt. Although I did make that. I’m talking about this kick-ass tag cloud (below) that I made at tagxedo.com! I had to “respin” it a lot of times to get it just right, but look how perfect! The words come from the titles of every Sweet Valley High novel, including special editions, and you’ll find it belies some of the insanity that hasn’t quite cropped up in our journey thus far. All those kidnappings have nothing on the “Wolfman,” for example.
On tagxedo, you can use your own image as the cloud shape, and this cloud comes from the image of Elizabeth and Jessica looking at each other on the cover of Power Play (#4). Mutual Antagonism indeed! I adore how the word “war” is passing between their lips. Amazing.
This is probably going on a t-shirt or a tote bag or something, too. Fair warning.
How much do I love twitter? It’s like the instant gratification version of the web. In the past few days, I was told about the reprinting of the Babysitters Club books (see this Nylon blog post), found out that a lot of people have been reminiscing about Sweet Valley because of some weird twitter trends (#90stweet and #rememberwhen/#doyouremember), and got followed by the mysterious paper-hatted representative of the Chicago Tribune (@coloneltribune). It’s been quite a week.
Anyway, if some form of Internet gossip brought you here today (and we both know it did), look around and have fun. It starts small at Book 1: Double Love and starts to get big round about Book 8: Heartbreaker. And seriously, we’re only like a quarter of the way through. And it’s been almost four years. So stick around.
P.S. The cover of Book 35 is extra cheesy. Check it out...twitter style
Chances are, if you’re not on twitter yet, it’s because you think it’s like some sort of detestable plague that’s swept over Earth, to be avoided at all costs.
Well, you’re right about the plague part, but the detestable part is ALL WRONG! Twitter is great! And your twitter experience is really what you make of it. Make yours super-sweet by following @sweetvalley, aka The Sweet Valley Diaries. That’s right, I somehow have finagled my way into being the twitter representative for all of Sweet Valley and its creepy inhabitants.