In a great steaming pile of “Huh?” the books that led me to read romance, the books I both love and skewer with abandon, the books (or book) I read last August and reviewed because really, while they reinforced everything I hated about being a teenager, they were a huge part of my teen years – those books are being re-released by Random House. Yup. It’s Sweet Valley time again. The gravy train that is books-not-actually-written-by-Francine-Pascal is pulling into yet another station. Ka-ching!
And, since we’re talking twins – Wakefield twins, even – here’s your double dose of “What the crapping damn?”
The folks at Gawker posted the Random House promotional letter that elucidated who on earth those wily folks have updated the Sweet Valley High series for the 2008 reading audience: Elizabeth has a blog. They drive a Wrangler instead of a Fiat. And whereas in 1983, those pesky twins were a “perfect size six,” in 2008 dollars, that’s just too damn fat. Oh, no. Now they’re a “perfect size 4.”
Dammit, my goals of dieting for the year down to a rather unhealthy weight solely to achieve perfection have just moved farther and farther away.
Plus, get a load of the subject tags on the Random House site. Homelessness and poverty? In Sweet Valley? Are they kidding?! That’s a big issue to solve, but if the shining nobility of Elizabeth Wakefield is focused on current issues, homelessness and poverty won’t stand a chance. Just wait until Liz takes on illegal immigration.