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Marissa Flaxbart
Going to the movies and writing are my two favorite pastimes. Watching TV is up there, too. I also love sitting someplace for hours having a long conversation. Preferably Europe.
Interests: comedy, movies, writing, books, singing, performing
Recent Activity
Technically summer doesn't start until next week, but here at the Diaries, summer break is in full effect...and it's PERFECT. In this special between-seasons episode Marissa and guest-friend Alex Bishop dig into the series' first SPECIAL EDITION novel. Are you ready to bike a major chunk of the California Coast... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at Sweet Valley Diaries
In this final episode of Season One, Marissa uses the power of the internet to call guest Mary Parker in Boston, and they BOTH use the power of imagination to invent several possible stage adaptations of the comitragic saga of Annie Whitman and Jessica Wakefield. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at Sweet Valley Diaries
It's the final main episode of Season One, and we've come full circle. This is the tale of a wannabe cheerleader with a bad reputation that started Marissa's obsession with Sweet Valley High lo, those many years ago. Mary Parker was there to see that obsession take root. Now Mary... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Marissa is joined once again by her dad, Don Flaxbart, an she's steering him staring down Memory Lance. Was high school in the 1960s Southwestern US anything like that Sweet Valley High life? Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at Sweet Valley Diaries
So you love Ned Wakefield's dad jokes? We'll do you one better: a real life dad! Marissa's own actual father, the wise and weird Don Flaxbart, joins shares his thoughts and insights on this, the first "teenage romance of any kind" that he's ever read. Will the lanky boy get... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Now that all that coma/personality swap/assault unpleasantness is behind us, let’s get back to what really matters in Sweet Valley: the beach, boys, and miscommunications involving suntan lotion. Marissa is joined by Russ Nickel, funny guy, writer and former beach boy (not the singing kind…though he does sing a lot... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Outtakes, b-roll, and real talk about the actually important moral of HEART BREAKER. Marissa is joined once more by former youth body-surfing competitor Russ Nickel, who points out all the dad jokes in the book and reads some favorite passages. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at Sweet Valley Diaries
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On Saturday, I bought one of those tiny flower growing kits from the $1 bin at Target. I took it home, opened it up, and read the instructions. “Plant no more than 3 seeds!” it read. Then I opened the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2018 at Popular Sentiment
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DEAR SISTER tried our nerves and bruised our spirits, but we lived to tell the tale. Listen to both the main episode and the bonus episode via the links below! Alex Jennings as Carla Natali on ABC’s The Goldbergs. Not pictured: Alex Jennings as Marla Natali on ABC’s The Goldbergs.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Strap on your hot pink crash helmet! Just after Valentine’s Day comes a tale to warm the heart and then chill it so fast that it bursts and ruins your freezer. Pop culture lover and all-around funny gal Denise Boylan joins Marissa to unpack this tale of private jealousy, romantic gestures, and innuendo. Hot Clam Special, anyone? Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Thanks so much! I would love for all the Sweet Valley Fans out there to find their way to the show, and this will be a huge help. :)
#TIMESUP, Scott Daniels. In this episode, I make reference to some promotional material I wrote for the Sweet Valley Confidential launch. The book's pre-launch website (where these things were originally shared) has been defunct for a few years now, but you can take a look at my comedic flow chart,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Sweet Valley Diaries
What happens when Jessica Wakefield defies her parents and stays out ALL NIGHT LONG with a sleazy, pornstachioed college guy? No, seriously, I'm asking YOU: What happens??! Listen in as Marissa and her guests, Jess and Brian Reece, enumerate the many ways they were scandalized by Book 5 of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Sweet Valley Diaries
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After several grueling minutes of internet research and fruitless Google Image searches, I have determined that Lila Fowler's car might just have been a 1980 Triumph T8 Convertible. And I even found a picture. So, yeah. Not an ideal getaway car. Listen to the new EXTRA DRAMA Bonus Episode, where... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at Sweet Valley Diaries
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Yes, it's THAT book. The one where Robin Wilson is publicly shamed, doesn't get into PBA, retreats inward, starves herself, loses a million pounds, and then becomes fun and popular. High school BFFs Marissa and her guest, photographer Mary Kate Battles, have some rather strong feelings about all this. Side... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2018 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Marissa interviews her guest Adaora about what it was like reading about the Wakefields et al from across the continents. Together, they consider: Is Enugu the Sweet Valley of Nigeria? Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Sweet Valley Diaries
“Is Dad having an affair with his female coworker? She’s an attractive woman, right? So…probably.” - Every Wakefield Child Marissa and her guests Kat and Selah vent about this and other Book 1 B-Stories. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Host Marissa Flaxbart takes guests Selah Kahrmann and Kat Hazelton down the Sweet Valley rabbit hole as they discuss the very first book in the Sweet Valley High series. Interested in reading along? Check your local library or used bookstore, or get the Kindle edition here: Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Sweet Valley Diaries
The latest phase of my Sweet Valley Obsession is the most fun one yet. Making the podcast is such a delight, and I hope you'll help me out by listening, subscribing, and spreading the word! Just like this site, we read the books with a mix of reverence and disdain,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Sweet Valley's two biggest players (Jessica Wakefield and Bruce Patman) are burning hot and heavy for each other, and the fire is only 37% contained. Be careful out there, kids! Marissa is joined by media scholar Caitlin McCann to give this serious matter the academic consideration it so richly deserves.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Merry Christmas Eve Eve Eve! I've got a new podcast episode for you! What did you get me? What's that? You subscribed to the Sweet Valley Diaries Podcast? How did you know!? I'm particularly proud of this week's episode, in which filmmaker and friend Adaora Nwandu and I go deep... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Just a quick update to share some particularly precious links: you can now subscribe to the Sweet Valley Diaries Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, and more! Click and subscribe to get the latest episodes -- there will be new episodes weekly for 20 weeks! I don't think... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Sweet Valley Diaries
What a day. Not even 10:00 AM, and already I found out that I won an eBay auction for the Sweet Valley High board game. Oh, and I released the first episodes of the podcast I've been working on for months! It will be a few days before the show... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Yesterday I took a step that has been months in the making: I announced a start date for my new podcast. In less than a week, on December 7, the first of 10 initial episodes (and 10 shorter bonus episodes)... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Popular Sentiment
Sweet Valley High. It's been an interest bordering on an obsession, and getting dangerously reminiscent of an "area of expertise" in the years since this blog was born. But I've developed a side passion: podcasts. Like my love of SVH, my podcast passion has been a long time in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Sweet Valley Diaries