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“SWEET Valley High was a young-adult paperback series that began in 1983 and ceased publication twenty years later. The 603 volumes that made up the Sweet Valley franchise…were an extended bildungsroman set in sun-kissed Southern California. The stories themselves were sprawling, vapid, largely forgettable, but the pastel artwork on the book jackets (drawn by James L. Mathewuse) depicted a romantic vision of a fantasy adolescence in California.
During the same period, a new virtuality was taking shape in the real California business parks and garages of Silicon Valley. The spiritual ethos of California, heavily informed by all manner of fantasy and magical thinking, has suffused the entire ideological apparatus of capital-T Tech. In the years since the Sweet Valley series wrapped up, the Silicon fantasy has revealed itself to be anything but romantic….”
read more at New Inquiry’s Fan Fic Issue