History Literature / SweetValleyHigh

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* DenserAndWackier: The TV series was less dramatic and more comedic in tone than the books, and to fit the books in roughly 20-minute episodes, it often left out sub-plots and details of the plot.
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* ChristmasEveryDay: In one book of ''Twins'', Jessica is forced to relive Christmas Eve day until she figures out it's because she's selfish.
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* AllJustADream: Several times.

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* AllJustADream: Several times.AllJustADream:



* AlwaysIdenticalTwins
* AngstySurvivingTwin: Jessamyn from the Saga ''The Wakefields of Sweet Valley.'' Amanda and Sarah (also from the Sagas) may qualify as well.
** [[spoiler:Lisa/Helen]] from ''The Roommate'' in SVU.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Despite being only 4 minutes younger, Jessica was frequently this to Elizabeth, and they often both were to big brother Steven (who could be pretty annoying himself).
* AttemptedRape: Numerous examples, including ''Dear Sister'' (#7) and ''Don't Go Home With John'' (#90)
* BackFromTheDead:
** [[spoiler: Margo]] is a straight example of the trope.
** There are a number of "examples" that are a result of the different series being written at different times by different authors and in non-chronological order. Thus a character might be killed in one series only to appear in a chronologically later book. Some of the most infamous examples:
*** [[spoiler: Olivia Davidson made a brief appearance in the ''Sweet Valley University'' series, despite having been killed in the earthquake that ended original series.]]
*** [[spoiler:Roger Patman was declared dead in ''Senior Year'', but gets an epilogue in ''Confidential''.]]

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* AlwaysIdenticalTwins
AlwaysIdenticalTwins: The premise of the series is two identical twins who look exactly alike (but have vastly different personalities).
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* AngstySurvivingTwin: Jessamyn from the Saga ''The Wakefields of Sweet Valley.'' Amanda and Sarah (also from the Sagas) may qualify as well.
%%ZCE ** [[spoiler:Lisa/Helen]] from ''The Roommate'' in SVU.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Despite being She's younger only by 4 minutes, but Jessica frequenly annoys Elizabeth to the point of making her think "the four minutes younger, Jessica was frequently this to Elizabeth, and they often both were to big brother Steven (who could be pretty annoying himself).
sometimes seem like four ''years'' difference".
* AttemptedRape: Numerous examples, including In ''Dear Sister'' (#7) [[spoiler:Bruce nearly rapes Elizabeth]], and in ''Don't Go Home With John'' (#90)
* BackFromTheDead:
** [[spoiler: Margo]]
(#90) Lila is a straight example of the trope.
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almost raped.
* BackFromTheDead:
There are a number of "examples" examples that are a result of the different series being written at different times by different authors and in non-chronological order. Thus a character might be killed in one series only to appear in a chronologically later book. Some of the most infamous examples:
*** ** [[spoiler: Olivia Davidson made a brief appearance in the ''Sweet Valley University'' series, despite having been killed in the earthquake that ended original series.]]
*** ** [[spoiler:Roger Patman was declared dead in ''Senior Year'', but gets an epilogue in ''Confidential''.]]



* BigDamnHeroes: Happens in the super specials a lot. Special mention goes to Josh in ''The Evil Twin.''

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%%ZCE * BigDamnHeroes: Happens in the super specials a lot. Special mention goes to Josh in ''The Evil Twin.''



* BitchInSheepsClothing: A lot of the fandom see Elizabeth as this.

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%%ZCE * BitchInSheepsClothing: A lot of the fandom see Elizabeth as this.



* BreakTheHaughty: Lila Fowler's nervous breakdown after nearly being raped.

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* BreakTheHaughty: Lila Fowler's Fowler, up until then a bitchy girl, has a nervous breakdown after nearly being raped.



* ButLiquorIsQuicker: [[spoiler:Bruce]] attempts this with [[spoiler:Elizabeth]] in ''Dear Sister.''

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* ButLiquorIsQuicker: [[spoiler:Bruce]] attempts this with serves [[spoiler:Elizabeth]] alcohol with the intention to get her to sleep with him in ''Dear Sister.''Sister''.



* CartwrightCurse: Jessica, whose boyfriends often died.

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* CartwrightCurse: Jessica, whose Jessica has had quite a few boyfriends often died.die on her, most notably Chris, a guy from a rivaling high school.



* DownerEnding: Sometimes.

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* DownerEnding: Sometimes.DownerEnding:



* EvilTwin: Margo and Nora.
** Jessica herself may qualify in the early books when her schemes were less zany and more downright nasty.

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* EvilTwin: Margo and Nora.
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Nora look exactly like Elizabeth and Jessica, and are evil. And Jessica herself may qualify be this to Elizabeth in the early books when her schemes were are less zany and more downright nasty.



* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Jessica and Elizabeth (along with big brother Steven), in spades.
* FriendToAllChildren: Lila in the "Twins" series.
* FriendsRentControl: Elizabeth's NYC apartment in ''Sweet Valley Confidential.''
** 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; this leaves the reader wondering how she has thus far paid for the spacious, beautifully decorated apartment described in the book.
* GenderBlenderName: Steven's one-time girlfriend Billie.

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* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Jessica is impulsive, temper-tantrum prone and loves to party; Elizabeth (along with big brother Steven), in spades.
is much more even-tempered and serious. They also have an older brother, Stephen, who seems to consider himself the responsible sibling to ''both'' his younger sisters.
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* FriendToAllChildren: Lila in the "Twins" series.
* FriendsRentControl: Elizabeth's NYC apartment in ''Sweet Valley Confidential.''
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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; this leaves the reader wondering how she has thus far paid for the spacious, beautifully decorated apartment described in the book.
* GenderBlenderName: Steven's one-time girlfriend Billie.Billie's name can easily be taken for a boy's name.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In ''The Wakefields Of Sweet Valley'' novel, two 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.
* GirlPosse: Jessica and friends, especially with the Unicorns.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry
* GossipyHens: Of course Jessica and her friends, but special mention goes to Caroline Pearce, especially in ''Sweet Valley Confidential'' and ''The Sweet Life''.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Played straight with Elizabeth, subverted with Jessica. Or at least that was what the writer was going for.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In ''The Wakefields Of Sweet Valley'' novel, two 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.
%%ZCE * GirlPosse: Jessica and friends, especially with the Unicorns.
%%ZCE * TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry
* GossipyHens: Of course Jessica and her friends, especially Cara Walker, are know to love to gossip; but special mention goes to Caroline Pearce, especially in ''Sweet Valley Confidential'' and ''The Sweet Life''.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Played straight with Elizabeth, Elizabeth (blonde who is sweet, caring and responsible,), subverted with Jessica. Or at least that was what the writer was going for.Jessica (blonde who is mischievous).
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* IdenticalTwinIDTag: They look identical, but how to tell them apart: Elizabeth wears a watch, Jessica doesn't. Their clothing styles also differ sharply, with Elizabeth dressing more modestly and Jessica more hip and sexy[[note]]Though that's not a reliable indicator, seeing how often Jessica borrows Elizabeth's clothes[[/note]]. And at a certain point in the series, Jessica temporarily dyes her hair black (the twins are natural blondes) so no confusing her with Elizabeth then.
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* AdaptedOut: In the TV series, the twins' older brother Steven doesn't appear and isn't even mentioned; in this reality, the twins probably either are their parents' only two children, or Steven is away to college (permanently, in contrast to the books where he often barges back in at his parental home). Likewise, the twins' parents, Ned and Alice, don't appear (see ThereAreNoAdults), though we can assume they must exist and live in the same home, since the twins are only 16.



* ThereAreNoAdults: Notably applies to the twins' parents, who are rarely, if ever, seen or referred to throughout the series.

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* ThereAreNoAdults: Notably applies to the twins' parents, who are rarely, if ever, aren't seen or and even rarely referred to throughout the series.
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* ViewersAreGoldfish: A rare literary example. See [[DrinkingGame/SweetValleyHigh Drinking Game - Sweet Valley High]], under "sip", for the worst offenders.

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* ViewersAreGoldfish: A rare literary example. See [[DrinkingGame/SweetValleyHigh Drinking Game - Sweet Valley High]], under "sip", "take a drink", for the worst offenders.
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* ViewersAreGoldfish: A rare literary example.

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* ViewersAreGoldfish: A rare literary example. See [[DrinkingGame/SweetValleyHigh Drinking Game - Sweet Valley High]], under "sip", for the worst offenders.



** In SVU, Steven had a live-in girlfriend named Billie. They were engaged and expecting a child [[spoiler: she had a miscarriage]]. Then she just disappeared with no explanation.

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** In SVU, Steven had a live-in girlfriend named Billie. They were engaged and expecting a child [[spoiler: [[spoiler:but she had a miscarriage]]. Then she just disappeared with no explanation. [[note]]Though in the 2010's sequel book set 20 years later, Steven is revealed to be gay and in a relationship with Aaron, so probably we can assume he realized at a certain point that he was gay and in love with Aaron, and then broke up with Billie.[[/note]]
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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 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.

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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 often malicious intent, this is often frequently 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.



* DownerEnding: ''A Night To Remember'' (the prequel to the Evil Twin Novel): [[spoiler: the big prom that Elizabeth planned, to the point of going all Captain Ahabian, goes horribly horribly wrong when a rival school crashes the prom and a full-scale riot breaks out with Todd leading the charge. Furthermore, the violence of the riot causes Lila (mentally unstable from being nearly raped) to have a nervous breakdown and attack a guidance counselor who she thinks is trying to rape her, and she basically has to be placed in a mental institution that very night. And Elizabeth, after Jessica spikes her drink, drives home with Jessica's boyfriend (the only one who was actually good to her) and kills him dead.]]

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* DownerEnding: Sometimes.
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''A Night To Remember'' (the prequel to the Evil Twin Novel): [[spoiler: the big prom that Elizabeth planned, to the point of going all Captain Ahabian, goes horribly horribly wrong when a rival school crashes the prom and a full-scale riot breaks out with Todd leading the charge. Furthermore, the violence of the riot causes Lila (mentally unstable from being nearly raped) to have a nervous breakdown and attack a guidance counselor who she thinks is trying to rape her, and she basically has to be placed in a mental institution that very night. And Elizabeth, after Jessica spikes her drink, drives home with Jessica's boyfriend (the only one who was actually good to her) and kills him dead.]]
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* CatchPhrase: Jessica uses the strangely specific "one hundred and thirty seven" to mean what most others would denote with "many" or "tons of" (''"I'll be one hundred and thirty seven years old before [that happens]!"''). She says it ''at least'' one time per book, and it's always completely spelled out in words instead of a numeric 137.
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