One confession and a wonderful find

Confessions make sense only if you know the real nature of the sin. So here’s it. At one point in time, I read every available book in the Sweet Valley High series. I don’t know why. I am considerably ashamed I did. I usually bury it deep in subconscious. It’s not even like I really enjoyed them. But one reads these books to get over self-harming tendencies.

For those of you who never had the wonderful opportunity to read Sweet Valley High (SVH) – the fundamentals are thus. Two identical twins. One smart, the other bitchy. Both actually golden-hearted, super-sexy and all that. They have friends of course. Smart twin has smart friends. Bitchy twin has bitch (and super-rich) friends. The plots usually range from deep depression caused by not finding a purple skirt or falling for boys who seem terrifyingly idiotic. Plus, some pontificating adults. Not to mention constant parties and horrendously simple homework. Plus something called the “Mall” where all American kids waste time.

Imagine my joy when I find this wonderful blog that is devoted to re-reading this marvelous stuff. And ridiculing it to bits and back. Sample this.

Another book where Jessica is validated simply for being a skinny blonde. So the twins are home from a stint in London and are at the beach, and some guy hits Jessica on the head with a frisbee! He come over to apologize and BAM! within three seconds they decide they are soul mates. Maybe I am just too old and cynical to buy this. So they make out after saying 2 words to each other. Then the guy runs off and says he can’t be with Jessica. After this encounter Jessica decides that Mystery Beach Man is the most. important. man. she’s ever. met. She claims to care for him more than she did for Sam, the alleged love of her life that Elizabeth killed when she was driving drunk. Who boy. So Jessica mopes around and Liz totally enables her.

Am thrilled!

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11 Responses to One confession and a wonderful find

  1. Silky

    Sweet Valleys are my secret love! i even stole one book once..when i was in college..of that I am ashamed, but not of reading them..never!

  2. People are not like this in real life? Ok, I grant you, 3 seconds is a bit too low. Now three minutes, I can believe :P

  3. Suresh Ramasubramanian

    Someone quickly copy that lot for Saniyan TV and the tamil magazines ..

  4. Oh, wow. What a great website. I only read a few SVH books in school, preferring the vastly more “intellectual” BSC, but I loved leafing through this site.

    My favorite part is her mockery of all the book covers. 1980s fashion, how we loved you.

  5. i wouldn’t be surprised if we see this genre of books making a comeback in updated versions! also the five find-outers, secret sevens, famous fives, and the rest of our childhood friends!

    i remember silhouette romances and mills & boons used to be hot favourties among the school girls back then. are they still around?

  6. Heh. I’ve read almost every book in the SVH series as well and pathetic as they were, to my teenage self, they were pretty addictive. And that blog is fantastic!

  7. Hey, thanks for the link! I love your blog as well.

  8. Dont feel ashamed. We all have things to be ashamed of.
    :)

    Excellent Blog too. Continue the good work

  9. Silky: Yes, I have quite a bundle of memories when it comes to your love for SVH. Including hiding them from Mrs Murlidharan!

    Lekhni: Three full minutes? Gulp! That’s just way too long. Very indecisive!

    Suresh: Err..

    Blue: BSC – Yes, full of such deeply intellectual references. No wonder they all gave me a headache! But I do cringe when I think about all the nonsense I have read in my life. :) And as for 1980s fashion – I propose we bring it all back – including shoulder pads. Hee Hee!

    guruprasad: I wouldn’t know about M&B.. but it’s really unfair to put Nancy Drews and SVH on the same level. Seriously!

    megha: I agree. Pathetic and Addictive. And I just adore that blog too!

    Dairi Burger: This is very SVH of you. :)

    Niyak PK: Umm..

  10. Vi

    I used to volunteer/work at the library throughout my high school years. It never failed to make me smile (and laugh, I admit it) as I watched teen and pre-teen girls flock to these books.

    Strangely, I was only attracted to the Baby Sitter Club series.

    Rock on, Kirsti!

  11. Ah! Thank you! I read “Sweet Valley Middle School” and part of some other series, a trendier SVH, can’t remember what it was called. But SVH itself was a little before my time, and banned by certain adult figures! At least there was making out in it, going by the few I did read — SVMS had individual books dedicated to each twin’s first kiss. :P