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Marissa Flaxbart
Writer, artist, brainstormer, podcaster, culture enthusiast, compassion advocate.
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Fa la la la Li-la Fow-ler! Powered by RedCircle Picture this: it's the end of 1989. You're at the Walden Books inside the mall. As you browse the latest soapy middle-grade serials, what to your wondering eyes should appear but an ENTIRE book all about the elusive, elegant, rich, and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2021 at Sweet Valley Diaries
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Thanks to Litro Magazine for publishing this little work of creative nonfiction. It's about calling my dad. Every day. Click the link below to check it out. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2021 at Marissa Flaxbart
On this very special narrative-style hiatus bonus episode: A listener’s email leads down an internet research rabbit hole of ridiculous proportions. Caution: there will be dolls. Approximate Transcript: Sweet Valley Diaries is, and always has been, a conversation podcast. But did you know that the show's creator — oh, that's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2021 at Sweet Valley Diaries
“It’s 3D, but not the D’s you’re expecting” In which two professional filmmakers/screenwriting professors attempt to break story on a film adaptation of Sweet Valley High Book 60: THAT FATAL NIGHT. A NOT-TOO-TERRIBLE TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE FOLLOWS Extra Drama #60: The Ken Matthews Story [00:00:00] Marissa: It's extra drama... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2021 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Honk if you love the Gladiators It's the (main episode) Season 6 finale and all the stars are out: Terry Adams! Zack Johnson! Skip Harmon! You know, all your favorites. Oh, and the Wakefields and such are there too. But let's quit beating around the bush: this is the book... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2021 at Sweet Valley Diaries
obsessed with clams Sweet Valley High may not be historical fiction, but it IS fiction from history. Novelist Libbie Hawker is back to talk rich historical details like in-car CD players and VHS recording. Plus: What's up with Dominique Roy? The metaphorical resonance of the Dairi Burger, Rich kids being... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2021 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Todd is back, tell a friend So, Liz and Todd are IN LOVE AGAIN, and all is right with the world...except for the fact that Todd goes to school an hour away with snobs, they're both too infatuated with one another to keep up with their commitments, and it's about... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2021 at Sweet Valley Diaries
IN BOYFRIEND MEMORIAM: Books #31-58 Shey Zanotti is back, and memories of (the very much still alive) Jeffrey French abound. Remember the time he scared away those thugs who wanted to steal Ronnie's car? Remember the time Elizabeth thought he was falling in love with Enid? Or perhaps the time... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2021 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Tales of the “comfortably well-off” #1 Jeffrey French fan Shey Zanotti is back, and she's not the only one! Remember Todd Wilkins, Elizabeth's first love, who moved away to Vermont...at some point earlier in junior year? Can you believe that was 35 books ago? Now the Wilkinses are returning, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2021 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Hope you don't zap yourselves! Chris and Paris from Terrible Book Club return! Jessica slums it in electronics class and Lila scams her pedagogically lazy dressmaking instructor in the TEACHER CRUSH b-plot. Plus, super-spoilers for Olivia's future! Extra drama indeed! Listen to Terrible Book Club More about The Zorn Palette... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2021 at Sweet Valley Diaries
CW: This book is about a teacher crush Terrible Book Club’s Paris and Chris dare to join Marissa to tackle this downright nerve-wracking tale of Olivia Davidson and her lust for painting teacher Stuart “Call me Stuart” Bachman. A book that is truly challenging to read in public. *** Listen... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2021 at Sweet Valley Diaries
personality matters Haley Tubbs returns to talk about the science field trip that wasn't, and whether Jessica is right about guys with "too much of a sense of humor." What fun! All in the the name of LOST AT SEA, of course. THE FOLLOWING TRANSCRIPT IS AUTO-GENERATED. APOLOGIES FOR THE... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2021 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Sit right back and you'll hear a tale... Part island fantasy, part survival guide, part extra credit assignment, LOST AT SEA is the first Sweet Valley High novel to feature a character getting lost at sea and assumed dead. Professional science enthusiast Haley Tubbs joins Marissa to dig into this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2021 at Sweet Valley Diaries
"Is this all just a long non-sequitur?" Jack and Tanner are back for more THRILLER talk. What all-time-greatest film is this book's plot remixed from? How would the BSC handle this mystery? Would a t-shirt fit over Jack's head? Find out all this and more (sort of) in today's EXTRA... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2021 at Sweet Valley Diaries
8 Simple Rules for Dating My Fake Ghost Grandniece SURPRISE! Did we spook ya? Marissa is joined by fellow 80s/90s juvenile lit series aficionados and podcasters Jack Shepherd and Tanner Greenring of the Baby-Sitters Club Club. The meddling twins are back, and so is Nicholas Morrow! This one has it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2021 at Sweet Valley Diaries
I joined Jack and Tanner of the Baby-Sitters Club Club podcast last week to discuss the very horny, thrillingly problematic Sweet Valley High #3: Playing with Fire. An honor and a privilege! In addition to their storied program, you can hear Jack and Tanner on Sweet Valley Diaries #26: Hostage!... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2021 at Sweet Valley Diaries
I joined Jack and Tanner of the Baby-Sitters Club Club podcast last week to discuss the very horny, thrillingly problematic Sweet Valley High #3: Playing with Fire. An honor and a privilege! In addition to their storied program, you can... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2021 at Marissa Flaxbart
My latest episode of Twenty Thousand Hertz is out, and it's all about Women in Audio -- two women in particular, Leslie Gaston-Bird and Elisabeth Löchen. It was an honor and a pleasure to share their stories! In the late... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2021 at Marissa Flaxbart
What a fun world Do twins really have super communication powers? Does goofy drama make scary stuff easier to swallow? Have "mentally unstable" villains kept us from tackling our own mental health issues? TWO-BOY WEEKEND is the gift that keeps on giving...us more questions to ponder! Teya Patt returns, of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2021 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Hit me with your best shot Dad's back to talk hoops! Marissa is joined by her father, Don, to discuss Shelley Novak. Who's she? Who, for that matter, is Jim Roberts? Cathy Ulrich? Greg Hilliard? Anybody? No? Sweet Valley High contains multitudes, people. This week, learn about the world that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2021 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Why is it never "two-therapist weekend"? The title of this book makes a promise, and that promise is kept in ways both thrilling and hilarious. Also somewhat harrowing. Teya Patt (FOR ALL MANKIND) joins Marissa for the play-by-play of this masterpiece of juvenile (?!) fiction. CW for stalker-y, abusive behavior...but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2021 at Sweet Valley Diaries
v relatable CW: Mom death Marissa opens up about why, despite her lack of tennis skill, she found herself relating deeply to Kristin Thompson. Other topics of conversation: enjoying your life on your own terms, the overabundance of straight girls at SVHS, Bruce Patman's sudden interest in Jazz, and getting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2021 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Never let 'em see you sweat...or, see you at all! The Parade of Randos marches on, but this time around, the plot is not so predictable. Will a soon-to-be tennis pro throw it all away over Bruce Patman? The answer may surprise you! Or, if not the answer, at least... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2021 at Sweet Valley Diaries
pageboy haircuts and pages of cut hairboys Super Thrillers have SO much drama that some of it has to spill out into an Extra Drama bonus ep! Alice Wakefield's frustrating food choices, Darcy Kaymen's voluptuousness, and the good citizenship of Sweet Valleyites in general are all up for debate in... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2021 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Is the new boy a ladykiller, or a girl-murderer? SURPRISE! Just to keep things spicy, we're returning to the Super Thriller series, where the Wakefield twins are still slaving away (literally!) at the News. Murders are on the rise, and all the new kids are from Ohio. Superfriend Nick Riley... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2021 at Sweet Valley Diaries