I thought I might blog about something that piqued my interest in the newspaper yesterday. Now anyone that knows me knows I rarely read the newspaper or watch the news as I’m happy living in a world where I wear blinkers. Now of course major issues are important to me but most of the stuff in the news kinda depresses me. But this story was about a book due for release.
All the girls out there that grew up in the 80’s put your hand up if you read Sweet Valley High books. I admit it, when I was a young teen I read them. I had a collection of them (which I wish I’d kept now) and was a fan. Well it seems the author is releasing Sweet Valley Confidential where it is ten years later and the twins are now 26. The first thing about this book is; I would like to read it. I’m curious but for $33 (hmm Harpercollins) I don’t think I will be.
The other thing that I thought strange, as I was reading the article, is the age choice for the twins. Now of course it is a good choice as far as the story would go, where are they now etc but the article stated that this would be the age of the readers who loved the high school series. Now I am a little older than 26 and considering these books came out in the 80’s.... then most of the readers probably read these books in the 80/90's and were aged between say 12 and 16, therefore they would be at least 35. Sure, most of the old readers will relate to being 26 but most are probably not that age. Twenty five years have passed since 85 not ten. At the very least 20 have gone by so unless the original readers were six, saying they are catering for their original readers is a little off the mark.
So through all that ranting I must say I would like to read it. Out of curiosity more than anything but unless it comes out as a reasonably priced ebook, that probably won’t be happening. With the way ebooks are going at the moment, I’m surprised they would price this book so high. I can tell you I don’t really want to know the antics of two blonde, perky, perfect girls if it is going to cost me $33. Which brings me to an entirely different rant for a different day... will big trade publishers survive if they continue to charge so much for books and not offer it for a lower price on ebook (the article did not mention ebook or pricing of same)? Interesting topic for debate and one I’m sure all writers and readers have considered.
So I'm interested... How many readers who enjoyed this series as a teenager will fork out the high price? This remains to be seen after the release on April 1.