|Sweet Valley Kids #41: The Missing Tea Set
||[Jan. 9th, 2010|05:00 pm]
Elizabeth and Jessica are better than you.
Sweet Valley Kids #41: The Missing Tea Set
I read an interview with Francine Pascal once where she said that she had the ideas for the first Sweet Valley High novels, but she didn’t write them. The publishers sent people over to her house—probably sad and underpaid assistants who thought going into publishing meant they might win a Pulitzer one day—and she told them what to write and then they had to do it. In my mind, when these meetings happen, the doorbell rings and the butler brings the frightened assistants in to meet Francine on her throne. (Because you know she has a throne.)
And the assistants, all eager and wide-eyed, say, “Hello, Mrs. Pascal. It’s very good to meet you. I had an idea for a novel, perhaps one of the citizens of Sweet Valley contracts AIDS…”
Then Francine bellows, “SILENCE!” See, she comes up with the plots and she has a fine one for these poor assistants. “There’s a tea set and it’s missing.”
“Excuse me,” sputter the assistants.
“A TEA SET IS MISSING!!!”
The assistants bob their little heads. Yes, a tea set. That’s a fabulous idea. Why didn’t they think of that? Then they go home to their sad studio apartments and cry.
( The missing tea set!Collapse )