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Diablo Cody to Adapt and Produce “Sweet Valley High”

sweet23.jpgDiablo Cody, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Juno, is slated to adapt and produce “Sweet Valley High” for the big screen.

According to Variety, the popular YA series by Francine Pascal has already spawned 150 books and 88 television show episodes in the late 1990s. Cody struck her deal with Universal after the studio won a bidding battle with Fox.

Here’s more from the article: “[Universal put out the word last week that it’s not spending money for the rest of this year to advance development projects — unless they’re being fast-tracked or greenlit. Deal comes on the heels of a tepid opening for “Jennifer’s Body,” which Cody scripted.”

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Undressing the Stripper Memoir

23Candygirldiablocody.jpgOver at DoubleX, cultural critic Katie Roiphe analyzed the bestselling genre of the stripper memoir, an unromantic look at a titillating bookshelf.

The essay outlines nine conventions that play out over and over in these books, perhaps laying the groundwork for a theoretical better stripper memoir. Among others, the essay looks at Diablo Cody‘s “Candy Girl,” Ruth Fowler‘s “Girl, Undressed,” and Lacey Lane‘s “Confessions Of A Stripper.”

Here’s a sample: “It is puzzling that such promising and prurient subject matter would lead to such flat books. This stylized form of sexuality seems to lend itself to cliche. In all of these memoirs, there is something false in the revelation and mechanical in the execution, that is–if we take the word of these bored and jaded ladies–something like stripping itself.” (Via Raquelita)