Several bloggers have written about the re-release of the Sweet Valley High series, decrying that the “perfect size 6″ twins of the 1980s have now been whittled into a “perfect size 4.”
Writes the blog Gawker:
It seems kids in the 80s lived by totally fat standards. Also, Sweet Valley High students now have their own anonymous blog, presumably to hatefully bully the fattest of their classmates.
Fillyjonk at Shapely Prose also chimed in:
After all, you’ve got to up the ante sometimes or girls get complacent. We can’t have the size sixes thinking they’ve achieved perfection — you can’t even get a modeling gig at that size, you cow!
And a different perspective from Mo at Big Fat Deal:
My first reaction was, indeed, to feel indignant and infuriated. But now that I think about it, really, it doesn’t make much of a difference. Elizabeth and Jessica were always “perfect” in a way that I found it impossible to relate to, and the fact that their bodies were “perfect” was no small part of that.
The comments are all spot-on and I don’t have much else to add other than the sound of my head repeatedly banging the desk in frustration. But I do have this to add – contact information.
The series is being re-released by Knopf Delacorte Dell, a division of Random House Children’s Books. Send an email to Random House Children’s Books customer service here or to the following email addresses:
Parent company info:
Random House, Inc.
New York, NY 10019
Noreen Marchisi is the publicity manager overseeing the series. She can be reached at email@example.com or by mail at Publicist Random House Children’s Books 1745 Broadway, 10-1 New York, NY 10019. Kathy Dunn is the publicist and her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helpful tips on how to structure letters of complaint can be found here. Keep in mind, these folks probably aren’t the decision makers and it isn’t constructive to yell at them. Politeness – and conciseness – goes a long way.