14 Things You Might Not Know About Sweet Valley High
It was created by Francine Pascal and starred Elizabeth (the good one) and Jessica (the bad one) Wakefield, two teenaged twins who sold over 150 million copies around the world.
1. PASCAL HAD NO INTEREST IN WRITING THEM …
Pamela Pascal aided in the creation of the Choose Your Own Adventure series, writing a reference “bible” for ghostwriters and serving as the title’s de facto editor. In the 1970s, Pascal pitched a teen-oriented television soap opera to no avail.
2. READERS THOUGHT PASCAL WAS A TEENAGER.
Some fans of Virginia A.A. Pascal’s Sweet Valley Girl series assumed her daughters were younger than they were, despite the fact that Pascal was in her late 40s when the series began and 66 when it ended in 2003.
4. PASCAL ALSO HAD A 100-BOOK CONTRACT.
In 2005, she signed a 100-book deal with Bantam, and the series has since grown to 152 books, not including spin-offs such as Sweet Valley Twins and Murder, Munchausen, and Secret Superstar.
5. ONLY THREE CURSES WERE ALLOWED.
The SVH protocol, according to ghostwriter Ryan Nerz, only allowed three semi-profane words in the titles.
6. IT WAS THE FIRST TEEN TITLE TO MAKE THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST.
Perfect Summer, the first paperback young-adult fiction title to crack the New York Times Bestseller List, was published in 1985, and 18 of the top 20 young-adult fiction titles in Waldenbooks and B. Dalton were Sweet Valley titles the following year.
7. BUT THE SERIES HAD ITS DETRACTORS.
It was dubbed “junk food” and a sanitized version of Harlequin romances by critics, but Pascal said it didn’t matter what they thought as long as it encouraged kids to read more.
8. THE COVER ARTIST PAINTED THE PRESIDENT.
He studied under Norman Rockwell and Peter Caras and preferred pastel, lavender, and pink for teen-lit titles.
9. THE RE-RELEASE PUT THE GIRLS ON A DIET.
When Random House re-released the series in 2008, they updated some dated references and, strangely, shrunk the girls’ dress sizes from a size 6 to a size 4. Some media outlets expressed concern that the changes would cause readers to have body-image issues.
10. THE BOARD GAME WAS PRETTY VAPID.
Sweet Valley High: The Game was a popular board game in the 1970s and 1980s that allowed players to “trade boyfriends” and acquire material goods in order to win, and it’s one of the few board games that allows you to give your maid the day off.
11. A MAJOR CHARACTER DIED FROM SNORTING COCAINE.
The Internet is rife with people who claim they have never done drugs as a direct result of Regina’s death, and Pascal was initially hesitant to explore more taboo topics like teen pregnancy and drug use. Book #40 in the series, On the Edge, was a cautionary tale, and the Internet is rife with people who claim they have never done drugs as a direct result of Regina’s death.
12. THE ORIGINAL SERIES ENDED WITH AN EARTHQUAKE.
Pascal wanted to go out with a bang, so the final books in the main Sweet Valley franchise revolved around an earthquake that destroyed the town and tragically killed classmate Olivia Davidson when a refrigerator fell on her.
13. THE TWINS CAME BACK AS ADULTS.
It was her first installment, written entirely by herself, and it was successful enough to be turned into an e-book serial.
14. A MOVIE AND/OR TV REBOOT IS COMING.
The Sweet Valley High series ended in 1997, and actress Brittany Daniel has said there is talk of a reboot. Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody has been attached to the project since 2011. She told Vulture earlier this year that she “can’t get the f***ing thing [made] made!”
How many Sweet Valley High books are there?
( 12 Books ) Sweet Valley High Super Editions Book Series
Who dies in Sweet Valley High?
Regina Morrow’s death in Sweet Valley High #40 On the Edge influenced my life more than any other fictional event in the history of my entire reading career thus far, and Regina is still the first person who comes to mind when I hear about someone dying from a drug overdose twenty-five years later.
Where can you watch Sweet Valley High?
Choose your streaming services that require a subscription.
- Amazon Prime Video.
- HBO Max.
- CBS All Access.
What age is Sweet Valley Kids for?
5-8 years old.
How many books are in the Sweet Valley Twins series?
The Wakefield twins are followed in their team sports endeavors in this two-book series.
What age is Sweet Valley Twins?
In this series, which included several Special Editions and “Super Snooper” mystery books, the twins are seven-year-old second-graders at Sweet Valley Elementary School.
What happened to Sweet Valley High twins?
The cast split up after the show ended, but there were a few exceptions, including Manley Pope and Amy Danles, who married in real life in 1999, and twins Brittany and Cynthia Daniel, who are still living their best lives together after all these years.
Can you still buy Sweet Valley High books?
Because the world still has some good stuff, the original ‘Sweet Valley High’ books are now available for purchase.
Is there going to be a Sweet Valley High movie?
The long-awaited Sweet Valley High film has found its third writer, Gao, who replaces Kirsten u201cKiwiu201d Smith (Legally Blonde) and Harper Dill (The Mick), who signed on to pen the script in 2017.