Okay, St. Martin's Press is fast becoming my favorite publishing house. First they released my literary heroine Jackie Collins' latest tome, Poor Little Bitch Girl on Tuesday, now comes news of an adult follow-up to the monster hit teen book series Sweet Valley High!
According to EW.com, St. Martin's has confirmed plans to publish Sweet Valley Confidential, a novel for fans who grew up in the 80's and 90's with identical twin sisters Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, their friends, rivals and boyfriends in fictional SoCal paradise of Sweet Valley, California. The new novel, which will follow scheming, boy crazy, fashion-obsessed Jess and her level-headed, straight A student sis Liz into adulthood, is being penned by Francine Pascal, who orignally conceived the Sweet Valley saga as a proposed daytime soap opera, before opting to turn her story bible into a book series.
Sweet Valley High ultimately made it to television, at any rate, as a syndicated, weekly dramedy starring real life twins Brittany and Cynthia Daniel as Jessica and Liz, respectively. The series (which did not do the franchise justice) ran from 1994-97 (See clip after the jump).
In 2008, publisher Random House released an updated version of Sweet Valley High where Jessica and Liz had cell phones, drove a red Jeep, instead of a classic Fiat spider and were "perfect size fours" instead of "perfect size sixes". The revamped book series boasted All My Children alum Leven Rambin on the cover in the dual role of Jessica and Elizabeth.
Last year, Variety reported Sweet Valley High would be making its way to the big screen via a Universal movie penned by Juno and United States of Tara scribe Diablo Cody. It looks like Sweet Valley is definitely making a comeback. Now if someone will just take Jem and the Holograms to the big screen my work will finally be done!