I wanted to put together a list of some SVH-esque “grown up” books. So if you love the ludicrosity of SVH, you can try these out.
Valley of the Dolls
You mom probably read this one. It’s so ridiculous. Three ladies in the sixties go to the big city to discover their dreams, but they all end up addicted to pills. I don’t even know what kind of pills. THe cheesy dialogue, stereotyped gender roles, the cheesy lovey dovey talk, the insipid plot twists- it’s all there.
Flowers In the Attic
My father bought me this when I was about ten years old to read in our car trip to Florida. I was kind of horrified that my father liked this book, and wanted me to read something about incest. It’s pretty much about 30 SVH plot points combined, in a book that is actually good (the rest of the series deteriorated into total trash, but good trash).
Let me note that this is probably one of the best books I have read in my life. This might have been my autobiography if I attened a boarding school. The actual book is not like a SVH book, but it is about a “normal” character thrust into a Sweet Valley-esque world.
Less Than Zero
Bret Easton Ellis is not everyone’s cup of tea, but he paints such a bleak view of listless, rich kids in California.
The Other Boleyn Girl
Oh my god, this was horrendous, but I could not put it down. It is essentially SVH transplanted into Tudor England. The backstabbing, the deceit, the shallowness, etc. Essentially, Anne Boyelyn is Jessica and Mary Boleyn is Elizabeth.