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"Is Jessica in love with a werewolf?"

And no, I'm afraid that that subject title doesn't indicate a new installment of my magnum opus. No, those words come from the blurb of an actual SVH book! Yesterday I picked up what are possibly the funniest trilogy of books ever: the Sweet Valley High Horror in London "mini series", in which Elizabeth and Jessica go to London to intern at London's "most intellectual newspaper" - and are hunted by....a werewolf. Yes, a werewolf. From the blurb of the final book:

Luke, the quiet poet who has won Elizabeth's heart, has armed the twins with anti-werewolf potions and amulets.

Sheer genius!

In fact, the funniest part of the book are how terribly, terribly badly the author writes about England. She (or he; it's credited of course to 'Kate William', but Lord knows how many poor souls have laboured under that moniker) seems to be convinced that all of British society is centred around the aristocracy, who seem to possess roughly the same power and social influence that they did in the 18th century. Practically every person the twins meet has a title, and if they don't, they're delightful Liverpudlians who speak "with an accent reminiscent of the Beatles".

Jessica, of course, falls in love with a young aristocrat. Now, I am no expert on the peerage, and wouldn't want to be, but I am perfectly sure that a Lord's son is not called "Lord [Whatever], Junior". I don't know why it's so funny, but it really is. "Why, here comes Lord Pembroke, Junior, now," said Lady Pembroke in her refined accent. "Welcome, dear boy," said Lord Pembroke Senior. (Lord Pembroke Junior went to 'Eaton' [sic], a place to which he keeps refering every two pages until the wrong spelling starts leaping from the apge. I mean, come on, how long does it take to look up simple spelling? It's kind of a famous school.)

Oh, and need I say that of course all the English characters refer to Autumn as 'Fall' and say "I guess" all the time? Of course I needn't.

Anyway, it is all very, very funny. It is funnier than From Here to Sweet Valley could ever be, which depresses me somewhat. But I'm still enjoying it far too much to stop....


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Nov. 17th, 2002 06:23 am (UTC)
when did this come out? i think i need it! i haven't read any of those books since i was probably 12, but you're totally making me crave them.

and what was the deal with francine pascal, anyway? she "created" svh and had her name plastered all over the books, but i don't think she ever wrote one. it just ensured that her name was always remembered rather than the real author's. i always hated that.
Nov. 17th, 2002 08:25 am (UTC)
That's *hysterical.*

Don't they have, like, a British publisher who could explan that no one is Lord Anything junior?
Nov. 17th, 2002 07:56 pm (UTC)
Good God. It's always nice to know that just because neither you nor your editor have ever visited the country where your book is set or even read another book set there is no reason not to go ahead and write the book anyway. It makes the research I've done for my NaNovel look exhaustive.

Lady Kyle Jr., Earless of Brighton
Nov. 18th, 2002 03:57 am (UTC)
Lady Kyle Jr., Earless of Brighton

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