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!