The Young and Young at Heart

I love the idea of pairing classic children’s book heroes and their literary adult counterparts, but this list from Flavorwire feels so wrong to me. How in the world can you think Lyra from The Golden Compass could grow up to be Jane Eyre? These are two of my favorite characters in literature, but they’re vastly different people. And Huck Finn growing up to be Dean Moriarty? There’s no evil in Huck the way there is in Moriarty. (Currently watching Sherlock, which only underscores my reaction.)

There are a few good connections (like Eloise and Holly Golightly) but at least half of the pairings don’t add up to me. Granted, it’s a hard concept to work from, but I was hoping for more.

The Ghost of Tween Series Past

By this point, you’ve heard White Christmas and Jingle Bell Rock. You’ve trimmed trees and lit menorahs and baked cookies. You’ve shed a tear for Bedford Falls. So what’s left to get you feeling the holiday spirit?

The Retro “Christmas Chiller” Throwdown: Baby-Sitters Club vs. Sweet Valley Twins, of course.

Both 80s/90s tween series have a Christmas/mystery book, of course. (I can see the meeting on that one. “We have the Christmas special, and we have these mystery specials. What if we combined them and ohmygodguys kids will buy the hell out of this!”) Each book competes in fashion, boys, drama, and more.

I loved the BSC back in the day, and had a few copies of Sweet Valley Twins as well, so this throwdown touches my heart. Merry Christmas, one and all!