Diablo Cody Takes on the Wakefields
Those of you who lost your wetties over Kjerstin's and my pan of Jennifer's Body (one Twitter follower says she "doesn't want to know [us] anymore." Move on.org already, amirite?) can take heart in the fact that we are not total haters. I for one am genuinely psyched at the news that Ms. Cody will be adapting Sweet Valley High for the big screen.
I think Diablo Cody is a great choice to take on the Wakefield twins because I think she can keep things campy and somewhat edgy at the same time, and she doesn't hate women or girls (hey, lots of Hollywood folks do). Part of the reason I didn't like Jennifer's Body was because I thought the film was a bit too flippant about things like rape and murder (same with pregnancy in Juno), but in the hallways of Sweet Valley High the most pressing issue is usually who will win in the game against Big Mesa next Friday. It's a perfect vehicle for the snarky, smarty-pants teen girls Cody is known for creating.
Beyond that, Sweet Valley High is a series that is much-beloved by women of a certain age (I myself am of that age) and I think Cody really gets that. Rather than marketing this film to actual high schoolers, my hope is that it is being made for those of us who read the books as kids 15 years ago and dreamed of writing for the school paper like Elizabeth or being captain of the cheerleading team like Jessica. After all, we are primed for the nostalgia an SVH movie could stir up. (BTW, is this nostalgia a good thing, or does it keep us in the past? Do we care?)
Now for the important stuff: Who will play the Wakefield twins? Do you think Cody will stay true to author Francine Pascal's description of the twins as having "sun-kissed blonde hair, golden California tans, dazzling blue-green eyes, tiny dimples in their left cheeks, perfect size six figures and being five foot six on the button"? Or will she dare to make them edgy brunettes a la Ellen Page in Juno? What about Todd Wilkins? Will Cody stray from his jockishness and cast a sweetheart nerd like Michael Cera or Johnny Simmons? Do we want her to?
Leave your predictions in the comments section! And let's go SVH!
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