History Literature / SweetValleyHigh

13th Feb '16 5:25:33 AM talltalltree
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* IfICantHaveYou: Pulled many times on many characters over the course of the series. William White, who gets a whole mini-series about his obsession with Elizabeth, is a prominent example. In ''Sweet Valley University'', Jessica has an affair with her professor Louis Miles, who's subsequently murdered by his deranged ex-wife because she can't stand to see him happy with Jessica.


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** An extreme example occurs in ''The Roommate'': [[spoiler:Lisa/Helen Mueller's]] parents locked her in a dark basement while lavishing affection on their other daughter.
13th Feb '16 4:12:44 AM talltalltree
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** In the "Sweet Valley University" book ''The Roommate'', the bill from Isabella's car accident leaves her unable to pay the rent, and she is forced to get a roommate. Isabella doesn't have a job and refuses to take money from her parents; leaving the reader wondering how she has thus far paid for the spacious, beautifully decorated apartment described in the book.
2nd Feb '16 10:32:16 PM DrOO7
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** ''The Ghost Of Tricia Martin'' echoes ''{{Film/Vertigo}}''

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** ''The Ghost Of Tricia Martin'' echoes ''{{Film/Vertigo}}''''{{Film/Vertigo}}'', what with Steve's obsessive efforts to mold Andrea into Tricia.


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** Steve also, even he clearly needs one. Anyone so hung up on the memories of a long dead girlfriend that he can't bring himself to enter a new relationship is need of help.


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** For that matter, neither do the Wakefield parents during their marital problems.
** This could probably apply to ''all'' the characters at some point--Emily Mayer's family could certainly have used some counseling, Bruce could have, etc.
2nd Feb '16 10:08:20 PM DrOO7
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* BeautyIsBad: In a series where practically everyone is gorgeous, the story in question will always make the protagonist feel unattractive in comparison to their rival--even Elizabeth and Jessica, described ad nauseam as among the prettiest girls at school, have felt like this. Even Elizabeth has felt like this in comparison to Jessica, even though they're ''identical twins'' (this is pulled off by the fact that Elizabeth dresses and acts in a far more conservative manner than Jessica)

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* BeautyIsBad: In a series where practically everyone is gorgeous, the story in question will always make the nice protagonist feel unattractive in comparison to their bitchy rival--even Elizabeth and Jessica, described ad nauseam as among the prettiest girls at school, have felt like this. Even Elizabeth has felt like this in comparison to Jessica, even though they're ''identical twins'' (this is pulled off by the fact that Elizabeth dresses and acts in a far more conservative manner than Jessica)



* BittersweetEnding: One book involves a girl getting her named cleared after the AlphaBitch spread vicious rumors about her and became the school pariah after her boyfriend dumped her. Even though the AlphaBitch was caught and her name was clear, she and her boyfriend never reconciled, and became disillusioned on how easily turned she was.

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* BittersweetEnding: One book involves a girl getting her named cleared reputation smeared after the AlphaBitch spread vicious rumors about her and became becoming the school pariah after her boyfriend dumped her. Even though the AlphaBitch was caught and her name was clear, cleared, she and her boyfriend never reconciled, and she became disillusioned on by how easily turned she he was.



** In "Runaway", Jessica finally gets fed up with their parents' favoring of Elizabeth and leaves home. When she's brought back, there's much tearful reconciling. By the next book, it's like nothing has changed--three guesses who gets blamed when a wild party wrecks the Wakefield house, even though BOTH girls decided to have it.

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** In "Runaway", Jessica finally gets fed up with their parents' favoring of An even better example if you compare how Elizabeth treated her friend Enid to how she treated Jessica's friend Cara. Elizabeth practically demanded that everyone give Enid a second chance and leaves home. When she's brought back, there's much tearful reconciling. By the next book, it's like nothing has changed--three guesses who gets blamed when a went berserk if anyone dared to even mention her wild party wrecks the Wakefield house, even though BOTH girls decided past, but she refused to have it.acknowledge that Cara had changed and was just as deserving of redemption.
29th Jan '16 11:21:48 PM dsneybuf
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* ''The Sweet Life'': a six-part ebook series that began in July 2012, which is a SpinOff of sorts. It picks up three years after ''Sweet Valley Confidential'' and the twins and their friends are 30. [[spoiler: Jessica's marriage to Todd has crumbled, Bruce and Elizabeth are living together and he's accused of sexually assaulting an intern, Lila's on a reality show, and Steven and Aaron are clashing over parenting styles.]]

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* ''The Sweet Life'': a six-part ebook series that began in July 2012, which is a SpinOff of sorts. It picks up three years after ''Sweet Valley Confidential'' and the twins and their friends are 30. [[spoiler: Jessica's marriage to Todd has crumbled, Bruce and Elizabeth are living together and he's accused of sexually assaulting an intern, Lila's on a reality show, and Steven and Aaron are clashing over parenting styles.]]
15th Oct '15 3:50:10 PM DrOO7
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* BeautyIsBad: In a series where practically everyone is gorgeous, the story in question will always make the protagonist feel unattractive in comparison to their rival--even Elizabeth and Jessica, described ad nauseam as among the prettiest girls at school, have felt like this. Even Elizabeth has felt like this in comparison to Jessica, even though they're ''identical twins''.

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* BeautyIsBad: In a series where practically everyone is gorgeous, the story in question will always make the protagonist feel unattractive in comparison to their rival--even Elizabeth and Jessica, described ad nauseam as among the prettiest girls at school, have felt like this. Even Elizabeth has felt like this in comparison to Jessica, even though they're ''identical twins''.twins'' (this is pulled off by the fact that Elizabeth dresses and acts in a far more conservative manner than Jessica)



* BrilliantButLazy: Possibly Jessica. Although her primary concerns are boys, clothes, and parties, it is stated in one of the early books that she gets good grades in most of her classes. Later books indicate that she's a poor student, but one who could do better if she applied herself (which in fact ''does'' happen several times throughout the series). In particular, one book has her getting an excellent score on the [=SATs=] and considerably outscoring Elizabeth, despite barely studying, and everyone assuming that she must have cheated somehow, as this is inconsistent with her typical academic performance.

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* BrilliantButLazy: Possibly Jessica. Although her primary concerns are boys, clothes, and parties, it is stated in one of the early books that she gets good grades in most of her classes. Later books indicate that she's a poor student, but one who could do better if she applied herself (which in fact ''does'' happen several times throughout the series). In particular, one book has her getting an excellent score on the [=SATs=] and considerably outscoring Elizabeth, despite barely studying, and everyone assuming that she must have cheated somehow, as this is inconsistent with her typical academic performance.



* ButtMonkey: Jessica, of all people. Her schemes and stunts consistently blow up in her face, leaving her humiliated (though given her sometimes malicious intent, this is often deserved). Her genuine efforts at improving herself (music lessons, cooking classes) end up the same way. Virtually everyone, even her own parents, appear to blatantly favor Elizabeth over her--not until she runs away, TWICE, does it finally dawn on anyone how troubled she is. When she aces the [=SATs=], instead of congratulating her, everyone, including her own sister, assumes she must have cheated somehow. Speaking of which, Elizabeth herself frequently treats her like something she stepped in. And the few times she genuinely likes a guy enough to have a steady relationship with him, it never works out.

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* ButtMonkey: Jessica, of all people. Her schemes and stunts consistently blow up in her face, leaving her humiliated (though given her sometimes often malicious intent, this is often deserved). Her genuine efforts at improving herself (music lessons, cooking classes) end up the same way. Virtually everyone, even her own parents, appear to blatantly favor Elizabeth over her--not until she runs away, TWICE, does it finally dawn on anyone how troubled she is. When she aces the [=SATs=], instead of congratulating her, everyone, including her own sister, assumes she must have cheated somehow. Speaking of which, Elizabeth herself frequently treats her like something she stepped in. And the few times she genuinely likes a guy enough to have a steady relationship with him, it never works out.



* GenerationXerox: A spin-off focused on the twins' great-aunts Elisabeth and Jessamin, identical twins who have the same personalities, romantic woes, etc. as Elizabeth and Jessica. Other books reference the likeness too.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In ''The Wakefields Of Sweet Valley'' novel, two character embrace passionately. One asks, "Should we stop?", The other says, "No". [[SexyDiscretionShot The scene cuts there]], but several months later, when the female half of the couple discovers that she's pregnant, it's pretty obvious what happened. There are also a handful of other scenes that allude to the possibility of sexual activity.

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* GenerationXerox: A spin-off focused on the twins' great-aunts Elisabeth and Jessamin, Jessamyn, identical twins who have the same personalities, romantic woes, etc. as Elizabeth and Jessica. Other books reference the likeness too.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In ''The Wakefields Of Sweet Valley'' novel, two character characters embrace passionately. One asks, "Should we stop?", The other says, "No". [[SexyDiscretionShot The scene cuts there]], but several months later, when the female half of the couple discovers that she's pregnant, it's pretty obvious what happened. There are also a handful of other scenes that allude to the possibility of sexual activity.



** ''The Roommate'': ''SingleWhiteFemale'' in SWEET VALLEY.

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** ''The Roommate'': ''SingleWhiteFemale'' ''Film/SingleWhiteFemale'' in SWEET VALLEY.



** ''BIG for Christmas'': ''{{Big}}'' in SWEET VALLEY.
** ''The "Fear" Miniseries'': ''CapeFear'' in SWEET VALLEY.
** ''She's Not What She Seems'': ''AllAboutEve'' in SWEET VALLEY.

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** ''BIG for Christmas'': ''{{Big}}'' ''Film/{{Big}}'' in SWEET VALLEY.
** ''The "Fear" Miniseries'': ''CapeFear'' ''Film/CapeFear'' in SWEET VALLEY.
** ''She's Not What She Seems'': ''AllAboutEve'' ''Film/AllAboutEve'' in SWEET VALLEY.VALLEY.
** ''The Ghost Of Tricia Martin'' echoes ''{{Film/Vertigo}}''
13th Oct '15 6:38:28 AM annette12
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* BreakTheHaughty: Lila Fowler's nervous breakdown after nearly being raped.



* BreakTheHaughty: Lila Fowler's nervous breakdown after nearly being raped.
13th Oct '15 6:37:11 AM annette12
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* BrokenBird:
** Elizabeth, in Sweet Valley Confidential. Alone in New York, estranged from her sister and basically making her living sneaking into off-Broadway plays for a third rate magazine that reviews off-Broadway plays, and socially isolated from everyone, even the various one-night stands she has.
** Winston; in Sweet Valley Confidential, he's gained power and wealth and the ability to get revenge on anyone who ever tormented him. But he's lost everyone who ever cared for him and when Elizabeth rejects him for reformed former tormentor Bruce Putman, he kills himself.


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* ButtMonkey: Jessica, of all people. Her schemes and stunts consistently blow up in her face, leaving her humiliated (though given her sometimes malicious intent, this is often deserved). Her genuine efforts at improving herself (music lessons, cooking classes) end up the same way. Virtually everyone, even her own parents, appear to blatantly favor Elizabeth over her--not until she runs away, TWICE, does it finally dawn on anyone how troubled she is. When she aces the [=SATs=], instead of congratulating her, everyone, including her own sister, assumes she must have cheated somehow. Speaking of which, Elizabeth herself frequently treats her like something she stepped in. And the few times she genuinely likes a guy enough to have a steady relationship with him, it never works out.
9th Oct '15 9:33:53 PM plcthecd
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* BittersweetEnding: One book involves a girl getting her named cleared after the AlphaBitch spread vicious rumors about her and became the school pariah after her boyfriend dumped her. Even though the AlphaBitch was caught and her name was clear, she and her boyfriend never reconciled, and became disillusioned on how easily turned she was.


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* RealityEnsues: One book involves a girl has vicious rumors spread about her by [[AlphaBitch her rival]]. Sure enough, she's ostracized and her crush dumps her. While the rumors are eventually proven to be false and the AlphaBitch punished for her actions, the girl and her crush never reconcile. Aside from being hurt and angry over how he treated her, she realizes how [[DirtyCoward spineless he is]] and that she can't trust him.
9th Sep '15 4:43:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Alice Wakefield, who, we're told, looks at least a decade younger than her actual age and is often mistaken for the twins' sister.


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* MumLooksLikeASister: Alice Wakefield, who, we're told, looks at least a decade younger than her actual age and is often mistaken for the twins' sister.
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