The eighties bring to mind all sorts of ace things for me but when I think about what I was reading, it was all about the Wakefield twins* and Sweet Dreams.
I’m not afraid to admit that I still have a vast (complete) collection of Sweet Dreams books. I know the stories were all the same, I know they were lame, but there must have been something in them that made me anticipate the new release each month.
I haven’t re-read any of my Sweet Dreams favourites. Why not? A combination of fear of disappointment (all the same, all lame) and the fact that reading about Elizabeth Wakefield having an orgasm has scarred me for life. I can never un-read that.
So instead, I’ll indulge with a walk down memory lane and list my top ten Sweet Dreams romances –
1. Kiss Me, Creep by Marian Woodruff – my hands-down favourite and the teen equivalent of “sexual tension”**
2. California Girl by Janet Quin-Harkin – a swimming pool romance? Doesn’t get much better.
3. The Popularity Plan by Rosemary Vernon – ‘makeover’ time!
4. The Popularity Summer by Rosemary Vernon – sequel to The Popularity Plan – more makeovers.
5. Ten Boy Summer by Janet Quin-Harkin – are you seeing the theme here?
6. P.S. I Love You by Barbara Conklin – yes, the dying boyfriend one! For the record, I considered this to be a weepy tear-jerker of the highest quality.
7. Love Times Two by Stephanie Foster – the sisters theme was a springboard into my Sweet Valley High obsession.
8. Thinking of You by Jeanette Nobile – this cover was my go-to reference for a pensive look.
9. Just Like the Movies by Suzanne Rand – looking back, Marcy and Lance don’t sound like a couple with a hot romance but anyways…
I stopped reading the series after getting through approximately 80 titles. On reflection, that was a lot of stories about boys, summer and first kisses.
New books were added to the series until 1995, at which point there was more than 230 stories about boys and kissing. I guess if you’re going to cover a topic, you ought to do it thoroughly.
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**A theme I later relished in the tv shows Moonlighting and of course, 90210 and Melrose.