OMG! OMG! They’re making a new Sweet Valley High movie and we don’t know how to feel about it.
There are some things in life that were so great at the time that they really shouldn’t ever be revisited. Things like re-watching Labyrinth (the CGI was freaking terrible) or biting into your first ever Krispy Kreme donut (after the first, you realise that they’re waaay too sugary). Now, with the news that they’re making a new Sweet Valley High movie, we all have an important choice to make – do we want to dive back into the Sweet Valley world of highly questionable plotlines, or do we want to preserve our memories of this epic series of books as the perfect accompaniment to teen angst that they were?The Sweet Valley High phenomenon, for those of you who don’t know, or need reminding, was an incredibly popular series of books produced by creator and writer Francine Pascal (and her team of ghost writers). Between 1983 and 2003, over 600 SVH books were published to the great joy of teen girls everywhere. I still remember the surge of excitement I felt when a new volume hit the shelves of the local library.
Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield, the central characters were the blonde and ‘perfect size 6’ girls we all wanted to be. Whether you identified with goody two-shoes Elizabeth who rarely did anything wrong, or you gunned for the rebellious Jessica who never played by the rules, there was an undeniable attraction to the antics of the Wakefield twins.
But in 2017, do we want to revisit these privileged white girls and their small-town American lives? Will watching the movie just ruin the joy that spending time in the Valley gave us twenty years ago? And just what kind of plotline will this movie have anyway?Sweet Valley High with photoshopped title by the hilarious Paperback-Paradise.com. Warning: many of the titles are NSFW.
Lucky for us we’ll have a while to make this decision, as Paramount Pictures has only just signed on the two writers, Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith (of Legally Blonde and 10 Things I Hate About You fame) and Harper Dill, writer on Fox show The Mick (about a hard-partying aunt who gets stuck raising her sister’s spoiled children in Greenwich, Connecticut), to begin the script.
The question now is, who would be the perfect actresses to play Elizabeth and Jessica?