25 January 2011

9 deep thoughts in sweet valley

i am rereading sweet valley high, as i've been doing for the past year or so. because svh is perfect for those inevitable dips in literary enthusiasm- like when, in the final 100-page stretch, one is no longer enthralled by the secrets of the flesh: the scandalous life and sensual times of collette and yet not quite ready for devices & desire: a history of contraceptives in america. in those times, elizabeth and enid and all the gang welcome me back to sweet valley with open arms. and, at the deathbed of tricia martin, jessica wakefield reminds me that we must not let our days be ruined by stocking runs...

9 comments:

Linda said...

let us all aspire to be female luke skywalkers.

oline said...

especially on our own deathbeds.

jmillewitz said...

devices & desire: a history of contraceptives in america

I want to read this when you are done.

oline said...

deal. maybe that'll spur me on out of sweet valley and into the devices.

oline said...

that sounded wronger than i meant it to.

Les Savy Ferd said...

ha!

Also, wouldn't a female luke skywalker be a princess leia (so?)

oline said...

YES. oh, the multilayered ignorance of jessica wakefield.

Joy said...

I always thought it was funny that there were people with names like Enid in those books. Because in California, nobody young should be named Enid! But what do I know.

oline said...

regina and lila were pretty old school as well, but given that the author's first name was francine, i guess we shouldn't expect too much.