'Sweet Valley High' Movie Will Bring the Awesome '80s to Life

diablo codyHa -- tweens today with their crazy Twilight and Hunger Games obsessions! For those of us who grew up at the end of the 20th century, young adult (YA) fiction was a whole different world. Instead of dark, grim, tales about vampires or post-apocalyptic dystopias, tweens like me got sucked into a glossy, utopian early-'80s version of California, where the Wakefield twins reigned supreme. Yes, I confess: My nose was stuck in a Sweet Valley High (or Babysitter's Club) title more often than not. And now, the twins are baaaaaaaaaack!

Oh yeah, they had that TV show in the '90s, but the famous sunkissed blonde twins, Jessica and Elizabeth, are on their way to the big screen now, with the help of writer Diablo Cody (you know, the mastermind behind Juno, United States of Tara, and the upcoming Charlize Theron dramedy, Young Adult). No one else in Hollywood is better suited to take this on.


Sure, I had a lot of faith in Diablo from the moment it was announced she was behind the project. Not just because she has a pretty sweet track record, which proves she understands and has a passion for teen culture, but she's also a self-confessed SVH fan (and a Beverly Hills 90210 fan, which says a lot, too!). And now, we have even more reason to feel at ease that the famous series is in her hands. She recently explained what she's hoping to do with the upcoming movie:

I want it to be wonderfully nostalgic. I want it to be to the '80s what American Graffiti was to the [early] '60s. I want it to be looking back on a really cool time and enjoying yourself and I want it to be glamorous and colorful and bubblegum and a feast for the senses. That's my plan.

Ohh, YES! Sounds AMAZING. In other words, they're not going to do some annoying thing where they recast the Wakefields as teens in a 21st century, Twitter- and iPhone-loving world, in a lame attempt to appeal to today's teens. No no no. Diablo knows who she's making this flick for: Those of us in our 20s and 30s who grew up on the series! She realizes that we'll totally EAT UP an ode to the '80s -- I'm sure with loads of blue shadow, Sun-In, acid-washed jeans, preppy pastel polos, etc.! Love love love.

Sounds like we fans have nothing to worry about and everything to be incredibly psyched about. This movie couldn't start production and be in theaters soon enough!

Are you psyched for the Sweet Valley High movie? Do you agree it's better for the film to be set in the '80s?


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