At some point it became known that Francine had created and maintained a “plot bible” that contained every last vital bit of information regarding the stories and plotlines. I’m not sure when or how this tidbit first got out, and I’ve found almost no real information on it other than what I’ve just shared. Many other bloggers have discussed it, and some have confirmed it does exist with various ghostwriters whom they have interviewed. I once emailed a ghostwriter myself and she also confirmed that there was one and tried to help me track down a copy (to no avail). Overall, I think the most we know is that it contained supposedly every tidbit ever, and that it took the form of a huge sheaf of papers that grew over the years until it was more of a huge, fat book of SV info.
Now, I’m mentioning this because my ears pricked up a bit ago, because I’m up late listening to a fan chat Francine did on Ustream (see it here) because I like to pretend I don’t have to get up for my boring job in a few hours like you know, someone who isn’t a fabulous best-selling, jet-setting YA series creator (who, me jealous?) and Francine responded to a question from a fan who asked her if she had ever considered publishing the Sweet Valley bible. Francine said she had never heard that idea before but she thought it was a very good one and she seemed to be taking the time to consider it. Ohmygosh! Is there a chance we could see it at last? I have been DYING to get my hands on a copy ever since I learned it exists! Part of me wonders if it will just be the same old details I track tediously for every single book, or if it will in fact contain some new things (new to us that is). For example … I always hear it insinuated that there are numerous SVH books out there that were simply never released. If that’s so, are these plotlines also sketched out in the bible? You won’t edit them out will you Francine?
Here’s another idea I have had that I doubt will ever come to fruition, but is fun to think about. IF in fact there are SVH books out there that were never released, is there any chance those old scripts can in fact be edited, given “old style” covers (maybe even commission original cover artist James Mathewuse to do them!) and released as “extras” for the mega fans? Because that would be kick ass. You may not have thought those rejected books would sell back then, but guess what? They will NOW! You might have to pay the people who wrote them royalties for all I know … or maybe you wouldn’t.
So yeah, that’s my very late night rambling about all things SVH. Also in the Francine chat, she mentioned she doesn’t really keep up with the fan blogs but that some of the people who worked with her on SVC do and they fill her in. Now I have no idea if that includes my blog or not. I do know they included that blog on their Facebook page at one point. I was amazed they’d even found it because honestly, when I first started this I didn’t think ANYONE would read it. I ramble a lot and I’m insane about details. So I’m VERY VERY grateful to all of my readers and commenters, all of whom have any number of excellent SV blogs to give their valuable time to, every day. But in response to one of those wonderful commenters, Jamie, and a comment she left me earlier – I don’t know if my readers do include anyone who works with Francine. But, just in case … I thought it couldn’t hurt to add one more vote for the release of the “plot bible” as well as a little idea to put any other material unseen by fans out there! Seriously, with those unreleased stories? If you release them and make ’em look like THE REAL DEAL (NO STUPID 21ST CENTURY EDITS) … I can pretty much guarantee they will buy it. Hell test it out with a limited edition 50,000 copies or so first printing if you don’t believe me.
What do you think? Would you want to see all the old materials released? Are you foaming at the mouth to see it too or is that just me … maybe I need a rabies shot.