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Elizabeth and Jessica are better than you.

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I'll add to this as we go along.



What is “Sweet Valley”?

Sweet Valley was a fictitious California town that was the setting for the Sweet Valley series of books, which began with “Sweet Valley High.” The first book, Double Love, was published in 1983. Several spin-off series (Twins, Kids, University, Sr. Year, Jr. High and Elizabeth) followed. The final original book, Sweet 18, was published in 2003. In 2008, RandomHouse began revising the old books and republishing them. The new books are available wherever books are sold. The old ones are only available through used book retailers.

Who is Francine Pascal?

Author Francine Pascal was the creator of the Sweet Valley universe. (Despite evidence to the contrary, we believe she looks like this.) Each book was actually written by a ghostwriter using a fake name, such as Kate William, Jamie Suzanne, or Laurie John.

Why is the community called “1bruce1”?

In the original Sweet Valley series, Bruce Patman drove a Porsche with the license plate “1bruce1” to show that he was number one. We may not be as awesome as Bruce, but we think it’s pretty funny.

Who is in charge around here?

If this community were a Sweet Valley High book it would read “CREATED BY IRINAAUTHOR.” irinaauthor is our Francine Pascal. esc_key helps her moderate the community, so she’s like Kate William (but less fictitious). The rest of us are just ghostwriters.

Where can I find out if a book I like/have/want to see has been recapped already?

There is a list of books that have been recapped here.

Where can I request someone recap a book I love that hasn’t been recapped yet?

We have a recap request thread here.

I want to write a recap, but I don't know where to start. How should I do it?

Just find a Sweet Valley book, read it, write down your snark and post it to the community! Okay, maybe it's more complicated than that. Your recap must be spelling and grammar checked or we'll hate you forever. You will also need to have a LiveJournal account and be a member of the community. For more on that check out the LiveJournal FAQ.

Can I recap a book that has already been recapped?

Yes. We want all kinds of snarky perspectives. But if you prefer to do books no one has tackled already, check out the profile page to see which have been recapped or the request thread to see which ones users want to read about. At the moment, the series that is most under-snarked is Sweet Valley Kids.

Where can I find a list of all the tags?

Here. Also, for more information about when/how to use the tags see my bitchy post here.

Can you please explain what some of these tags mean?

Books declared anathema: When we decide we don’t like a book (it’s outrageously out of character, etc) someone moves to declare it “anathema.” If two other people support the motion, then the book is declared anathema and marked with the tag, meaning we have “excommunicated” it from our canon. THIS IS THE ONLY TAG YOU CANNOT ADD TO A RECAP YOURSELF.

Lavaliere of truth: The lavaliere of truth tag pops up whenever Liz's lavaliere helps catch out a psycho. For example, Todd had accused Kevin, the kid who was trying to steal his life and murder Elizabeth in Todd's Story, of being a thief. Nobody believed him until Jess found Liz's stolen lavaliere in his car. When sociopath Suzanne Devlin told everyone Mr. Collins had tried to rape her, everyone believed her until Liz found her lavaliere in Suzy's suitcase: if Suzy stole the necklace, Mr. Collins can't have tried to rape her! When Josh Smith, Boy Detective, crashed Olivia's costume ball, he knew he had Margo cornered because there were three different necklaces on the Cindarellas at the party: Margo wore rhinestones, Jess wore pearls, and Liz wore the lavaliere of truth.

Mr. Collins if You’re Nasty: Mr. Collins if you're nasty first appeared in the recap where Aaron Dallas was a rageaholic. There was an especially pervy scene between Mr. Collins and Elizabeth with all kinds of gross subtext, so I made the joke as a play on the lyrics from the song "Nasty" by Janet Jackson: "No, my first name ain't baby, / It's Janet... Ms. Jackson if you're nasty." It seemed fitting. Also, check out the diary!

Oh Jeffrey: Oh Jeffrey is from a scene from the British show Coupling that daniellafromage linked in her writeup of Enid's Story.

Why are there two "attempted rape" tags?
Because there is so much attempted rape happening in Sweet Valley, we had to distinguish between the two. The attempted rape (fake) should be used when someone falsely accuses another person of rape, like Suzanne Devlin in Too Good to Be True. The attempted rape (real) tag is to be used when someone actually tries to rape a girl. The most famous example of this is when John (boo!) tries to rape Lila in Don't Go Home With John.

Why do you call Regina Morrow “heroically” deaf?

Regina Morrow was the rich daughter of a model and computer tycoon. Everyone loved her, including Bruce Patman who temporarily became less of a jerk when she was around. Because everyone commented on how courageous Regina was because she was deaf, (Unlike, say the treatment regular deaf Anna got in Sweet Valley Twins.) We assume this is because she was rich and pretty. Later, Regina becomes heroically dead Regina. The term was coined here.

Who or what is “TBT”?

TBT is short for “Trusty Boyfriend Todd,” Todd Wilkins. sundancekid coined Trusty Boyfriend Todd in her recap of book four.

Why does everyone act like Todd is new in town in Double Love if he was Liz’s boyfriend since childhood? And didn’t he have a sister/brother?

The Sweet Valley ghostwriters are not concerned with continuity; just deal with it. As for the sisterbrother, you can read about the horror here.

What is this “ultimate pool push” I keep hearing about?

In Sweet Valley, pushing someone in the pool is a catchall cure for whatever ails you. We first see Jessica pushed in the pool at the end of “Double Love.” However, the ultimate pool push happens in “A Kiss Before Dying” when Jessica’s boyfriend, Christian, is pushed into the pool, knocks his head on the side and dies.

Where else can I hear more about your tags/terms/stuff?
Glad you asked! We now have a 1bruce1 wiki!
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[User Picture]From: tearsfromastar
2008-04-25 11:43 pm (UTC)
Absolute wit and brilliance, definitely gave me a giggle on this cold Saturday morning!

Explain more of the tags please bb.. I never knew how hilarious they were, I never got the Mr Collins reference til now.. But of course!

Love your work!
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[User Picture]From: esc_key
2008-04-26 12:05 am (UTC)
That was all daniellafromage's doing. I take no credit for her brilliance.
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[User Picture]From: dwanollah1
2008-04-26 04:21 am (UTC)
That was totally fanfuckingtabulous!
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[User Picture]From: irinaauthor
2008-04-26 02:28 am (UTC)
We'd be glad to! Which tags are you curious about?
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[User Picture]From: aprillis
2008-04-26 07:45 am (UTC)
There's a tag for attempted rape (fake) and attempted rape (real)???

LOOOOOOOL. What's the difference?
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[User Picture]From: esc_key
2008-04-26 02:18 pm (UTC)
Fake attempted rape is like when Suzanne Devlin accuses Mr. Collins of raping her because she crazy. An example of real attempted rape is when John tries to rape Lila in "Don't Go Home With John." There's quite a lot of attempted rape going on in Sweet Valley so we had to have sub-genres.
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[User Picture]From: amandahug_nkiss
2008-04-26 05:52 pm (UTC)
I'm curious about the "some people never learn" tag.
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[User Picture]From: esc_key
2008-04-26 02:38 am (UTC)
Certainly! I was looking at the tags trying to figure out which ones would confuse people, but since they all make sense to me, I'm not sure which to pick.
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[User Picture]From: kakeochi_umai
2008-04-26 02:04 am (UTC)
So THAT'S where the "if you're nasty" part came from! I always wondered. I love that tag so much. <3
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[User Picture]From: irinaauthor
2008-04-26 02:28 am (UTC)
I get to be Francine? Woo! This is the coolest thing that's happened to me all day!
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[User Picture]From: esc_key
2008-04-26 02:36 am (UTC)
You're the creator!

Just curious. Do you look at all like Yzma?
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[User Picture]From: irinaauthor
2008-04-26 02:40 am (UTC)
Hee, I wish! I look like this. Not nearly as dramatic.
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[User Picture]From: esc_key
2008-04-26 02:44 am (UTC)
I don't know if you can be Francine if you insist on looking so sweet and pretty.
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[User Picture]From: irinaauthor
2008-04-26 03:39 am (UTC)
Aw, gosh! Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: redacted
2008-04-26 08:43 am (UTC)
I'd never realized before that all the ghostwriters have two first names.
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From: hungryandfrozen
2008-04-26 10:55 am (UTC)
Hee had great fun reading that...nice to have some of the reference-y tags explained :) oh and because I clicked that link to what Francine Pascal looks like...I ended up reading the entire (brilliant) recap of The Wakefields of Sweet Valley. Cheers!
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[User Picture]From: baseballchica03
2008-04-26 09:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, esc_key, you are so my favorite. :)
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From: hillbobaggins
2008-05-19 07:39 pm (UTC)
what is teh sex? is it just misspelled for THE sex...?
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[User Picture]From: esc_key
2008-05-19 07:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's intentinally misspelled. See teh in Urband Dictionary.
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[User Picture]From: murderedmymuse
2008-06-30 05:58 pm (UTC)
Can someone direct me to the info on putting livejournal 'Snapshots' links in a recap (ya know, the link that brings up a little picture beside it). I've looked in the general livejournal FAQ and can't find anything. Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: esc_key
2008-06-30 06:13 pm (UTC)
Livejournal just does that on its own for links that go to anywhere that's not livejournal.com related.

Google! is just < a href = "http://www.google.com" >Google < /a >
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[User Picture]From: murderedmymuse
2008-06-30 06:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: wendiddy
2008-07-25 09:04 am (UTC)
Hello.
We have FAQ, Request and Swap sections, I was wondering if we could please also have a Which Book Was That? section. I would love to know in which SVT book Amy Sutton moves away, but asking as a general post wouldn't be a good idea.
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[User Picture]From: duckay
2008-10-10 11:21 pm (UTC)
I very belatedly second this, if we don't already have it. I've been trying to work out for months what book it was that... well, I remember Jessica dogsits to earn some money, and Lila gets a really bad perm, and Jessica wishes on a star for Liz to stop telling the truth, so Liz plots to get Jessica a really bad perm, too... it was a really weird plot and I can't for the life of me remember what the title was.
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[User Picture]From: duckay
2009-01-24 08:11 am (UTC)
I was just wondering, are other community promotions (related, to greater or lesser extent, to Sweet Valley) allowed in the main community? For a while, I've wanted a community like this one for the Baby-Sitters Club, and today bit the bullet and founded thejunkbucket. I was wondering if it was OK to post about it in the main comm/if there was an appropriate place (if any) to advertise it.
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[User Picture]From: suzloua
2010-03-08 12:30 pm (UTC)
I hate to break it to you, but there's already a BSC community similar to 1bruce1. It's here: http://community.livejournal.com/bsc_snark/
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-09-15 05:31 pm (UTC)
I was reading some of the old recaps in here and found out that a few of the links on the profile page are wrong. SVH super editions Spring Break & Spring Fever are mixed up and super edition Falling for Lucas links to a SVU recap instead. I figured commenting on the FAQ entry might be the right place to mention this
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From: darkandbright9
2010-03-23 03:29 pm (UTC)

TBT

Huh, I always thought TBT stood for Totally Boring Todd.
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[User Picture]From: jesshelga
2011-05-07 01:55 am (UTC)
I have been writing blog posts recapping my painful journey through Sweet Valley Confidential and I linked back to a few 1bruce1 recaps (Dear Sister and On the Edge--classic, both). Wasn't sure if your comm kept track of things like that, but I wanted to make sure you knew I was representing!
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[User Picture]From: esc_key
2011-05-07 02:32 am (UTC)
Cool! What's your blog?!
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[User Picture]From: jesshelga
2011-05-07 02:36 am (UTC)
Shenanigans on the Talking Picture Box. Mostly TV, but I needed a place to express how crazy delighted SV Confidential was making me with its total crappiness.
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[User Picture]From: paperlibrarian
2011-06-03 12:09 pm (UTC)
Could you guys throw in an explanation on how to "cut" posts for new recappers? Maybe add in a "If your post is longer than X, cut" or "If your post is a recap, cut" rule? Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: melody_power
2011-06-21 02:40 am (UTC)
Is it okay to make a post in the community if it's not a recap, but still relates to Sweet Valley?
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[User Picture]From: irinaauthor
2011-06-21 04:40 pm (UTC)
Of course! Go for it!
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[User Picture]From: Magdalena Hunter
2011-11-15 10:41 pm (UTC)

Amy Sutton - Sweet Valley Twins and SVH = different character???

I hope someone can give me some answer on this but here's the thing:
I read the Sweet Valley Twins books (hereinafter "SVT"?) (not all but quite a few) before
reading SVH and I was FLOORED at how different Amy acted in SVH (snobby, ect ect.) compared
to her BFF days with Lizzie in SVT.

Can someone help me out with this? Did they have a falling out in SVT that I missed
by not getting all of the books?

Or are we gonna go on the assumption that SVT and SVH are some strange Star Trek Alternate
Reality Parallel Universe type thing?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Also, great work on the reviews/recaps of the books. Now I feel the urge to go to the used bookstore. Though I'm not sure I'll be able to read them again without thinking snarky things anymore...
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[User Picture]From: esc_key
2011-11-15 11:31 pm (UTC)

Re: Amy Sutton - Sweet Valley Twins and SVH = different character???

They are the same character. Amy changed after she moved away. See Bitter Rivals (SVH).
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[User Picture]From: Magdalena Hunter
2011-11-18 03:24 pm (UTC)

Re: Amy Sutton - Sweet Valley Twins and SVH = different character???

Thank you so much for that - makes total since now :D
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