It was all part of a plan hatched by Elizabeth; Teddy was her accomplice. Enid, meanwhile, decides she just wants George to be happy, and sets him free so he can date Robin. She goes to the mall to mope, where she meets some kids from a group called The Good Friends. They tell her that they, too, used to be sad and mopey—until they met Adam Marvel, who took them in. Concerned that Jessica is in over her head, Elizabeth poses as her sister and infiltrates The Good Friends, where one member, Susan, tells her to get out while she can.
Not long after, Adam tells Jessica that Susan left, and the group is going to move to another town. He wants her to come with them. Adam is arrested; everything returns to normal. Elizabeth and Jessica are both vying for queen of the jungle-themed prom. On prom night, Jessica wants Elizabeth to lose, so she spikes her punch with booze she charms from another student.
Elizabeth gets drunk and withdraws from the race for queen, and Jessica wins. They get into a car accident, and Sam is killed. Liz has nightmares about someone who looks just like Jessica, but with dark hair, who is trying to kill her more on that later. Eventually, Elizabeth goes on trial.
In the most unbelievable twist in the story, Liz—who was, in fact, driving with a lot of alcohol in her system—is acquitted. They eventually make up, despite the fact that Jessica is clearly the worst sister ever. Margo, like the Wakefield twins, is Margo sets the house on fire to kill her foster sister—who saw not just the money Margo had saved up, but also the bus schedule Margo was reading—and takes off for Cleveland, where she gets a job as a nanny for a wealthy family.
For some reason, the bus Margo is on heads to Houston, where Margo gets off and sees a newspaper with a photo of Elizabeth on the front, along with a story about her trial. Realizing she looks just like the girl on the newspaper, Margo comes up with a plan: Kill Elizabeth Wakefield and take over her life.
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Never mind that this plan doesn't make a whole lot of sense if Elizabeth goes to jail. This chick is crazy! Margo heads to Sweet Valley, where she goes to the mall and buys a blonde wig. Margo, meanwhile, kills a server at a catering company so she can get a job there and work the Fowler wedding—the better to observe the twins. Then she begins posing as Jessica and Liz regularly with their friends, boyfriends, and parents. These crazy twins hatch a plot to kill both Wakefield twins and take over their lives. They begin posing as the twins with their friends and boyfriends, with the main goal of making the twins hate each other, just like they did after the jungle prom.
Eventually, Nora goes to the Wakefield house and kills a sleeping Jessica. Nora killed her own twin! Jessica is alive and is saved by Elizabeth's heroics. Nora gets arrested, and all returns to normal. The twins head to London for one of their many newspaper internships. Murder victims keep popping up with their throats ripped out, and the twins are put on the crime beat to investigate. Jessica starts dating Robert Pembroke.
His father, Lord Pembroke, is a werewolf expert. He also owns the newspaper where the twins are interning, and has been suppressing stories about the murders because he believes that Robert is the werewolf. Luke is shot, his werewolf mask falls off, and he dies. There are bite marks in his neck, and his body has been drained of blood. The next Monday, a new guy starts at school: tall, dark, and handsome Jonathan Cain.
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Jessica decides that she wants to date Jonathan, but he ignores her. Jessica usually gets what she wants, though, and she's incredibly persistent: She gets a ride home from him, then later shows up at his house.
He kisses her, and tells her she should have left him alone. Jonathan decides he cares too much about Jessica to hurt her, so he invites Enid over instead. Jessica continues to see Jonathan, who Liz has figured out is a vampire based on some books she found at his house. She tells all the SVH kids, and they believe her. When Jonathan takes Jessica to his lair—a cave on the beach—Liz and Todd come to save the day, an angry mob on their heels. Jonathan turns into a bird and flies away. Vampires are real. The end. Why anyone would enter a contest to do this is a mystery.
While hanging out near a mine shaft, one student turns on her portable TV and learns about some convicts who have escaped a prison.
The group decides to hunt for the rest of the treasure, and are all soon carrying around their own bags of gold nuggets. She thinks Heather did it, but it was actually the three escaped convicts, who capture the kids, tie them up, and steal their gold. The kids manage to escape, but then they notice that one of the convicts is being swept away by a flash flood, so they rescue him.
He turns out to be not so bad, but his buddies are pretty awful: They drag the kids into a cave, where they decide to kill them. The nice convict gets shot and dies; his killer leaves the cave, telling the other convict to kill the kids. They take a path that goes deeper into the cave, and eventually they begin to walk through rapidly-rising water. They realize that the cave walls are shale, so they kick and punch the walls away until they come out near the rendezvous point and head back to Sweet Valley.
The kids are disappointed to learn the gold was pyrite, and the map and diary were fakes from a movie set.
The Wakefield twins are very experienced babysitters, but who knew they were good enough to nanny for royalty? They travel to France for a month to be nannies for the de Saint-Maries. When Jessica wears an emerald he gave her—which was stolen from the countess whose daughter is promised to Prince Laurent—to a ball, the twins are thrown in a dungeon. The twins run into the woods and hide out there. Meanwhile, Jacques finds the twins, and they convince him to confess to being the jewel thief. Jacques and his father go free, Elizabeth turns Laurent down, and the twins head back to Sweet Valley, where Liz reunites with Todd.
The Books: Cover Girls No. He wrote that people could stop them by exhuming the body and stuffing its mouth with soil, and maybe a stone and a coin for good measure. Without the ability to chew, the tract claimed, the corpse would die of starvation. Tales of vampires continued to flourish in southern and eastern European nations in the 17th and 18th centuries, to the chagrin of some leaders. Still, anti-vampire efforts continued. And, perhaps most surprisingly of all, one of the last big vampire scares occurred in 19th century New England , two centuries after the infamous Salem witch trials.
In , year-old Mercy Brown of Exeter, Rhode Island, died of tuberculosis, then known as consumption. Her mother and sister were already dead, and her brother Edwin was sick.
Concerned neighbors worried that one of the recently deceased Brown women might be harming Edwin from the grave. The potion was meant to heal him; instead, he died a few months later. Folklorist and Food for the Dead author Michael Bell estimates that there are 60 known examples of anti-vampire rituals in 18th- and 19th-century New England, and several others elsewhere in the country.
These rituals were most common in eastern Connecticut and western Rhode Island, says Brian Carroll , a history professor at Central Washington University who is writing a book on the subject. Because of this, he thinks the New England vampires were based on the German Nachzehrer.
Bell, however, believes anti-vampire practices in New England came from many places and that the suspected New England vampires were actually more akin to Romanian vampires than the Nachzehrer. Whatever the source of these beliefs in New England, they were driven by the same social concerns as those before them: a fear of disease and a desire to contain it. This 16th-century skull was buried in Venice, Italy, with a brick in its mouth. The movie has never stopped being popular. Every day new people see that film and review it on Amazon with exuberant praise.
Or would that be just fun for you? I wouldn't know how. I am a highly instinctive and spontaneous writer, and all I know how to do is access my deepest obsessions and let the words flow, no matter how strange or erotic or bizarre the result may be. I can't force myself to write something in which I don't fully believe. I just can't do it. Do you and Steven King get along? I don't know Stephen King at all. I've never met him or spoken to him. I wrote him a long fan letter once but never received a reply. Whenever I'm asked about his work, I praise him to the skies, and I love many of his novels.
In the early years of his career, I think King was underrated. Later on he began to be recognized, to receive awards and to write now and then for the New York Times. I've enjoyed seeing all this. But Stephen King, to the best of my knowledge, has never commented on me or my work.
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This is nothing to complain about; likely he simply isn't interested. And I accept that completely. There are many writers I don't comment on, and haven't read. I admire Stephen King. I have learned a lot from his narrative style, pacing, and plotting. I wish him all the best always. He is a giant. And his success has done wonders for supernatural fiction in America.
How much did the city of New Orleans influence your writing? It does have a dark past. I was born and grew up in New Orleans and the city and its history and legends have influenced every single thing I've ever written. I cannot imagine my novels or my career without the New Orleans influence.
For me, New Orleans is unique, and surely one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I grew up loving its ante-bellum Greek Revival architecture, the Spanish architecture of the French Quarter, the majesty of the Mississippi River flowing past the city's docks, the great old oak trees that line St. Patrick's Day, St. New Orleans was an entry port for immigrants in the 19th Century. The Irish and the Germans my ancestors flooded in, along with the Italians, and New Orleans became a unique melting pot with a lot of Caribbean ambience and European flavor.
I love New Orleans with my whole heart. Do you think ghosts are just demons in disguise with the intent of drawing people into the occult? I don't believe in demons, and have little or no interest in ideas about demons. I think there is plenty of first person information on ghosts to indicate that they do manifest and always have; whether they are earth bound souls or spirits from some other place, I do not know.
I keep abreast of all serious research into ghosts, and hauntings. I read the most current books I can on this research. What was your first rock concert? Lestat was definitely a rock star. Gosh, I haven't been to many at all. But frankly, I can't remember ever attending a rock concert for pleasure. I did attend an Elton John concert once in a stadium as his guest, but I wouldn't call that a rock concert. And I do love rock music!
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