Amber mentioned the updated Sweet Valley High books in my last post. Have you noticed all of the updated series we have now? There’s the revised SVH books (complete with cellphones, iPods, and some risqué behavior by Jessica in a swimming pool). It didn’t work for me. Sure the new cover makes it seem all updated and they drop recent brand names, but like Amber said in the comments of my previous post, it was all disjointed.
There’s also the revised Nancy Drew graphic novels. I guess Nancy Drew has been changing ever since she was created. I know there were Nancy Drew Case Files too, which I think might have been a little updated. I read one of the graphic novels and it SUCKED. I’m still upset about it.
As far as the format goes, it wasn’t terrible. It’s kind of fun to see what the characters looks like — even if it didn’t match my mental visuals. And it would have been nice if they’d done a graphic novel of the original stories, but this graphic novels are all new stories. BUT the absolute worst thing about this book (sorry to anyone who’s already heard me rant about this) is that Graphic Novel Nancy Drew forgets to put gas in her car!!! WHAT? And then, of course, her cell phone doesn’t work because she’s out in the woods investigating. Nancy has a cell phone? Did Emma Roberts as Nancy Drew in the movie have a cell phone? I can’t remember, but I feel like she didn’t and this was one of the reasons why she stuck out like a sore thumb in LA. So GN Nancy Drew forgetting to fill up her car really bugged me. I KNOW that would never happen to Original Book Nancy Drew! I guess I need to go back and read the originals.
Oh, also, has anyone heard about the new series by Cecily von Ziegesar that’s like Gossip Girl, only set in college. It’s called Cum Laude and is targeted at adults, but isn’t supposed to include anything that’s inappropriate for teens. My co-worker and I have been in talks to decide where it should go. I think in the GG novels, they end up going to college (right?), so now I’m leaning toward teen, but I don’t know. These cross-over books always throw me!