Recently, there’s been a trend of people in my age group (28, if you must know) who are going back to their childhood books and blogging about them.
I personally LOVE this concept. I was a huge fan of the Baby-Sitters Club, and I also devoured the Sweet Valley Twins books.
I have to admit that I’m sometimes tempted to go back to some old favorites. And then I read these blogs and realize the books were pretty horrible. In a great way, of course.
My favorite part of the BSC books was when they described the outfits, especially Claudia’s. If you read them now, the outfits are TOTALLY ’80s (and sound gross). But I know, at the time, I really wanted to wear what Claudia wore because she was supposedly artistic and creative.
Unfortunately this BSC blog is now pretty much defunct, but there’s a lot of old posts to read.
I actually never read Sweet Valley High that much, but this site is a good way to catch up on the childhood staple. Based on the Sweet Valley Twins books, I remember thinking that Elizabeth was perfect because she was so studious. But now, I realize she was pretty boring and very condescending. It’s funny how perspective changes things.
It seems that book publishers are taking notice of this call-back to our childhoods because I’ve heard of plans to re-release both these series, with some updates to made them more modern.
Plus, Diablo Cody received the rights to Sweet Valley last year and is reportedly writing an updated script for a movie.
From my recollection, the past BSC and SVH made-for-TV adaptations were HORRIBLE, so we’ll see if this movie is any better.
Was I the only one who read these books obsessively in junior high and high school? Would you guys read them again when they’re re-released?
Pop Culture Hijabi is a weekly column by Nadia Malik. Malik is a former newspaper reporter based in Chicago who’s now making her way as a freelancer. She spends entirely too much time watching TV and reading pop culture, fashion and TV blogs. She also occasionally consumes serious books and news. No, really. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org with “pop culture hijabi” in the subject line, follow her at www.twitter.com/nadiamalik or simply leave a comment below.