|Mindy, Mindy, Mindy
||[Dec. 31st, 2011|03:37 pm]
Mindy Kaling did an interview with Bookish.com that mentioned Sweet Valley High. I was randomly excited and thought I'd share with you. I love her.
Bookish: When it comes to books, do you have any guilty pleasures?
MK: We all know the difference between me enjoying Sweet Valley High versus James Joyce. As a kid, I always loved serialized books. It’s the reason why people love Harry Potter. Serialization is amazing. It works in television. It works in film and it works in books. Especially when you’re a young kid, you get attached to these characters.
For me when I was growing up it was, the Sweet Valley High series, and The Baby-Sitters Club series. There’s something just sort of cozy and wonderful about coming back to the same characters and seeing them on this adventure. And the Encyclopedia Brown books—those were my most favorite. I wish I could say, “No, what I really loved were the artsy kids books like 'Go Ask Alice,'” but that’s just disturbing.
Bookish: Have you read the Francine Pascal Sweet Valley High adult novel in which they’re all out of college?
MK: What? They’re in their twenties? Is it dark? Is it sexy?
Bookish: It is. They smoke!
MK: I wonder if I would like that.
I don't think she would.
MK: We all know the difference between me enjoying Sweet Valley High versus James Joyce.
No worries Mindy. Every other artsy fartsy and/or "intellectual" I know (I say this as an uber artsy fartsy nerd myself, although I wouldn't say I'm intellectual) claims they read James Joyce when they were in kindergarten. Some of them, okay, I buy it. Most? Nah, they were reading Sweet Valley and Baby-Sitters Club like I was. Probably, also like me, even once they were way too old to be doing so (technically). :P
(And I realize that's probably most people here as well.)
Seriously. I was thought to be a super-brainiac child, and learned to read before I was two, but i read at grade level. I could read and comprehend stuff above my age level; I just had no interest in it. I couldn't relate to adult characters or even teens.
I can appreciate a literary novel but I never seem to enjoy them like a lot of books like Sweet Valley. I got a Nook for my birthday so I just got the download of SVC so no one could see me read it and I think I should have just never read it. It may have ruined everything I loved/hated about Sweet Valley and the Wakefields.
2012-01-01 01:57 am (UTC)
but colour me stupid, I'll no doubt read the next one they release anyway.
Edited at 2012-01-01 01:59 am (UTC)
Oh of course! I have standards but I don't let a trashy book get in the way of them.