Sweet Valley High Cover Art Interpretation Vol. I

In which we explore the cover art of #4 Power Play and what we think it might represent.

Three words: Twin. Sister. Porn. Obviously Jessica and Elizabeth are about to make out. There also may be a little bit of stimulated rape going on because Jessica looks slightly apprehensive. Although everyone knows that Jessica is all tease and no tickle so maybe it’s real rape and this is something she’s truly not on board with.

Elizabeth, on the other hand, is clearly going in for the kill. She’s awfully pouty.

Of course, another interpretation of this cover is that Elizabeth wants to spit on Jessica for her appalling feathered fringe and flannelette combo, but I doubt it.


Elizabeth and Jessica in a tug of war…

Chubby Robin Wilson has been following Jessica around for months. First she wanted to be her friend—now she wants to join Pi Beta Alpha, Sweet Valley High’s snobby sorority.

When Elizabeth, Jessica’s twin, nominates Robin for the sorority, Jessica is furious. Robin may be friendly and smart, but she’s certainly not beautiful or popular enough to be a Pi Beta. Jessica’s determined to find a way to keep Robin out.

But Elizabeth is just as determined to make Robin a sorority sister. Soon the twins are locked in a struggle that develops into the biggest power play at Sweet Valley High…

Okay, sororities back up the first interpretation, otherwise it’s evidently a different book from what the cover suggests.

I would like to point out that Robin goes on to lose about 100kgs in about, oh I don’t know, three days, and becomes popular. Ah Francine, giving the fatties the message they so clearly need. Or not.

Image from 90’s Flashback.

2 responses to “Sweet Valley High Cover Art Interpretation Vol. I

  1. i’m pretty sure its jessica in the flannelet biff- i mean, i totally buy that only elizabeth would be SO lame to WEAR the flannel shirt, BUT maybe jessica is going through a farmer’s phase? Because we all know that fun loving carefree jess ALWAYS leaves her bangs loose around her face, and uptight nerdy liz ALWAYS has her bangs and such pulled back into a barette that matches her shirt. usually a sensible polo. what’s that? i believe she is wearing one. For those who don’t know, a barette is an extremely ugly sensible hair clip – that does diddley squat in pulling your hair out of your face, but succeeds magnificently in ripping your hair from your scalp.

  2. All correct. However, I clearly meant ELIZABETH wants to spit on JESSICA for JESSICA’S appalling etc etc.

    I am disappointed the matching barrettes didn’t make it into this one also. But let’s face it, it will be extremely unlikely they’re not in the next one.

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