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(NPR)   Professor of English at Boston College reveals how she earned a living while an undergraduate: writing Sweet Valley High books under a pseudonym   (npr.org) divider line 17
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2013-03-09 11:18:47 PM
In a perfect world, the guy who wrote the Wayside School books would have a Scrooge McDuck-esque money bin.
 
2013-03-10 01:48:27 AM
I have 3 sisters, and durning their pre-teen/early teen age, they read those damn books. It was all they would talk about. Luckily I had Bruce Coville books.
 
2013-03-10 01:58:14 AM
I was more of a Babysitters' Club girl.
 
2013-03-10 03:33:21 AM
I'm guessing this was teenage version of Harlequin books or something....
 
2013-03-10 03:34:18 AM

Apos: I'm guessing this was the teenage version of Harlequin books or something....


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2013-03-10 04:16:11 AM

Apos: Apos: I'm guessing this was the teenage version of Harlequin books or something....

Fixed.


Eh, ish. They were like teen tv show plots. Think written episodes of Saved by the Bell, but with a large dose of Malibu Barbie. There was usually some lesson to be learned and everybody was sunshine and sparkles in the end. Not the worst of that era's teen book selections, but still cheesy as fark.
 
2013-03-10 07:32:43 AM
Guess I don't get the big deal? They're formulaic, just like the Hardy Boy novels, or Scooby Doo.  It doesn't take a genius to write them, they don't win pullitzer prizes, they're disposable fiction that make people happy and will be mulch next year when you have (I hope to god) outgrown them, except for the occasional wistful nostalgia burst.
 
2013-03-10 08:10:30 AM
I bet she made more writing that, than she did the first few years of teaching
 
2013-03-10 08:55:21 AM
Could have been worse. Could have written as V.C. Andrews.
 
2013-03-10 09:22:06 AM
A good friend of mine ghost-wrote The Babysitters Club, very early on in its run.

*shrug*

That's all I've got.

/Thanks to Ellen Miles for her help in preparing this manuscript
 
2013-03-10 10:00:07 AM
I once wrote "The future is in your hands" above the urinal at a bar.

/thats all I got
 
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2013-03-10 10:26:15 AM

OtherLittleGuy: Could have been worse. Could have written as V.C. Andrews.


Ick.  When we moved to a new house when I was 10, I found the secret book stash of the kid who had my room before me.  She had all the VC Andrews books.  I was so not old enough to read those.
 
2013-03-10 10:36:22 AM

Gunderson: I once wrote "The future is in your hands" above the urinal at a bar.

/thats all I got


You could have also written, "Why are you looking up here, ashamed?" slightly above eye level.
 
2013-03-10 10:44:56 AM
I read some sweet valley high, but I enjoyed nancy drew and hardy boys more. When I hit high school, I fell in love with the classics- British literature, especially. It seems funny to me that parents wouldn't want their kids reading something because it wasn't a "proper" novel. At least their kid was reading.
 
2013-03-10 10:44:57 AM
I read far too many of those when I was in the 6th and 7th grades. Elizabeth, the ultimate good girl, and Jessica, the not-really-so-bad-after-all one.
 
2013-03-10 12:35:44 PM

kroonermanblack: Guess I don't get the big deal? They're formulaic, just like the Hardy Boy novels, or Scooby Doo.  It doesn't take a genius to write them, they don't win pullitzer prizes, they're disposable fiction that make people happy and will be mulch next year when you have (I hope to god) outgrown them, except for the occasional wistful nostalgia burst.


Eh, it's tv for kids who can read. A paper teat, if you will.
 
2013-03-10 05:53:34 PM
If she can just tone down some of the talent needed for writing Sweet Valley High books, she might have a shot at becoming the ghost writer for the next Tom Clancey or James Patterson book.
 
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