There is a time in every little girl’s life (OK, maybe in some little boys’ lives too) when the Babysitter’s Club books become just a little too childish. What’s a tween to do when the exploits of Claudia, Kristy, Mary-Anne and Stacey no longer get her rarin’ to visit the local library?
She turns to Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, of course.
The Sweet Valley High books were hugely popular in the 80s and 90s as teenyboppers everywhere read about the exploits of two spoiled twins living a very charmed life in California. It was the classic good girl/bad girl scenario. Elizabeth, the “good” twin, was studious and nerdy and had a steady boyfriend, while “bad” twin Jessica was flirty and fun-loving and basically bad ass. Reading these books, I realized I was a total Elizabeth although I wanted to be Jessica badly. Every once in a while I’d pull a Jessica-esque move which would ultimately land me in noon-hour detention or piss off my friends. Moral of the story: being boring > eating your lunch with the pothead kids in detention.
In addition to more than 150 book titles, there was also a TV series in the 90s featuring twins Brittany and Cynthia Daniel (one of whom played Brandy, Joe Dirt’s love interest in Joe Dirt. I don’t know which twin it was as they pretty much look the same.)
Fast forward to 2011. Diablo Cody, who won a screenwriting Oscar for Juno, is working on writing a movie version of Sweet Valley High, which she has said in interviews will be a comedy. We at This Needs To Stop are curious to see who will be cast in this movie. Will we see actual blond twins, or will it be Dakota Fanning getting the Parent Trap treatment? Who will play Queen Bee Lila Fowler or hottie Bruce Patman?
We HOPE the new Sweet Valley High movie will be the bees knees!