When the news broke that in 2012 Hollywood will be releasing a feature film version of Sweet Valley High, I thought, HOLD UP. Wait a minute!
I liked Sweet Valley High. Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield reminded me of my twin sister and me, only we were brunettes growing up in New Jersey, not blondes in California, and there was no Unicorn Club at my school (despite my best efforts to start one). But when it comes to my favorite book series, it's no secret where my loyalties have always remained: I am firmly on Team BSC. And yes, if it were up to me, there'd be a big screen version coming soon to theaters near you!
BSC (or The Baby-sitter's Club for you newbies) is Ann M. Martin's best-selling series about a group of middle school girls who, well, baby-sit. A lot. Like, a LOT. And even though I myself wasn't big on baby-sitting, there's just something about the characters that keeps me going back to them. Even now, at my ripe old age, I still pull out my favorite BSC titles when I have a half an hour to kill and need some comfort food. (For the record, I always go back to: Boy-Crazy Stacey, The Ghost at Dawn's House, BSC Super Special #7: Snowbound! and my favorite of all, BSC Super Special #2: Baby-sitters' Summer Vacation.)
So as the movie and book industries talk about who should be cast in the Sweet Valley High movie, here on Ink Splot 26 we're going to do a little casting of our own. Here are my picks for the theoretical BSC movie, if it were to be filmed today. Agree or disagree? Cast your own picks in the comments!
Mary Anne Spier:
Emma Roberts (Unfabulous; Nancy Drew)
Claudia Kishi: Hayley Kiyoko (Scooby Doo! The Mystery Begins; singer)
Stacey McGill: AJ Michalka (The Lovely Bones; singer)
Dawn Schaefer: Dakota Fanning (Coraline, Twilight: New Moon)
Mallory Pike: Emily Osment (Hannah Montana)
Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP)
Logan Bruno: Sterling Knight (Sonny With a Chance)
And just for fun, Karen Brewer: Kiernan Shipka (Sally from Mad Men)
— Morgan, Scholastic staffer
Emma Roberts photo courtesy of Gerri Miller
Keke Palmer photo courtesy of Nickelodeon