Sweet news for 'Sweet Valley' fans: A new spin-off!


Hey, Sweet Valley fans! How many of you loyalists out there are still trying to get over the fact that Jessica Wakefield became (SPOILER ALERT) Mrs. Todd Wilkins in Sweet Valley Confidential? That Elizabeth Wakefield hooked up with Bruce Patman? Well, I deliver to you an antidote to the Confidential withdrawal: The Sweet Life, a digital-only spin-off series from St. Martins.

The publisher has not yet responded to EW’s requests for comment, but it appears as though the series might focus on Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield in their 20s. UPDATE: St. Martins confirms that the series will pick up three years after Confidential. Does that mean we’ll delve into Jessica’s sure-to-be-rocky married life? And see if Elizabeth will soon get a ring of her own? Personally, I loved the tidy bow that Confidential wrapped up, but, then again, the Wakefields’ adult life has been yet untapped. I’m dying to see more of Lila Fowler, Enid Rollins, and the out-of-the-closet Steven Wakefield. Squee, there is so much opportunity for trashy scandal, my mother might just ban me from reading a series of Sweet Valley books again! (Though, admittedly, it’s easier to hide a digital book than a Sweet Valley University paperback under your bed.)

Who’s pumped? And what storylines do you hope The Sweet Life delivers? Will Todd’s old feelings for Elizabeth return? Will Bruce begin to miss sunny California in New York? Will that hot bartender somehow find his way into Jessica’s bed? What do you think?

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Read more:
‘Sweet Valley High’ creator Francine Pascal on the sequel, the movie, and (perhaps) another book
‘Sweet Valley High’ returns: Or, why nostalgia trumps taste
EW’s ‘Sweet Valley Confidential’ review

Comments (14 total) Add your comment
  • Jessica

    I think you meant “bed” not bead. Besides that your article was funny and entertaining

  • A

    AWESOME! I’m pumped! :)

  • Book Worm

    WHO CARES! These books weren’t that great when they first came out and there is no way I would ever read or watch them as adults. They were annoying enough in high school!

    • Kim

      well I care that is why I read the article! I read these books in high school and so these characters were part of my growing up. Its not if they were so “great” or not, its just part of some peoples teenage years. Obviously you did care enough to comment on this article.

  • Kari

    I just finished SVConfidential, and while I didn’t love it, I can see where they left the door open for the Pascal franchise to make this happen.

    I have a timeline question: I started reading these books in 7th grade, I was 13 or so. I’m now 37. How, exactly, are the wakefields only in their twenties? Have any other “fans” pondered this very great and deep question? Or is this one of those things that I have to dismiss as being creative license?

    • Jane

      Kari – creative license, or you’d have to invent a new method of time travel to explain how, over the course of 100 books, the twins remained 16, at the same point of the year in high school, and yet cycled through every sports season depending on who Elizabeth was dating at the time.

      • emily

        What an amazingly true observation. Love those books!

    • Diana

      Ha! The same was their junior year of high school held across like 8 Christmases and had dozens of summer vacations. Time in Sweet Valley is not like time anywhere else.

  • Jeannette

    I really wish I still had my books! By the time they went to college I was still pretty young and couldn’t get into those books so I never read them. :(

  • Mila

    I was addicted to the books as a pre-teen in the late 80’s, but these books are really outdated now. The main characters are totally unlikeable to my demographic now, whereas to the pre-teen mind of the 80s, they were wholly admirable. Things have changed.

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