Some of you will def appreciate this. Swing by the gallery for some serious nostalgery!
Oh, Sweet Valley, you’re back, and I love you, even if I’ve seriously outgrown you. And since I tried my very best to (unsuccessfully) convince the non-80s-reared editors in my office that you were a REAL phenom among us Gen X/Millennial gals, three interesting factoids from my profile of Francine Pascal, in advance of her latest, Sweet Valley Confidential:
1. Francine Pascal had never set foot in California when she birthed the Sweet Valley series. A lifelong New Yorker, she grew up in a Jewish family in Queens.
2. In 1985, Sweet Valley High was the first teen fiction to ever appear on The New York Times paperback bestsellers list, alongside John Updike and Norman Mailer.
3. In the beginning, Sweet Valley was deemed too “commercial” for many booksellers, who refused to stock it. The Times snubbed the series (despite it appearing on their bestseller list), and librarians fought to keep their stacks free of the “skimpy-looking paperbacks,” as one library journal put it. Nevertheless, the series became a case study in how to get young girls to read.
And now, all the 1980s chick-lit nostalgia to bring you back, in one tidy Daily Beast gallery.
Remembered by Zeb Love
Show & Tell
abbijacobson is taking folks through a day of camp on Thursday March 24th at UCB-NY at 8PM. Slide on some Umbros and check it out. Click the photo to Reserve tickets.
Show & Tell
I thought you guys would like the new book Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now — Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything, so I contacted the author, David Sirota (above, not Charles Barkley), about a giveaway…and here we go!
The first 3 people to email the correct answer to David’s trivia question get a copy of the book. Please email responses to email@example.com with DAVID SIROTA in the subject line.
Trivia question: On the show “Knight Rider” what was the name of the organization that employed Michael Knight?
Only winners will be notified. Good luck!