Rachel Syme

Rachel Syme is Books Editor of NPR Digital. She is the former culture editor of The Daily Beast, and has written and edited for Elle, Radar, Page Six Magazine, Jane, theNew York Observer, The Millions, and GQ.

12:03pm

Fri April 6, 2012
Book Reviews

100 Years Later, Titanic Lives On In Letters

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 4:23 pm

The ill-fated Titanic rests at Harland and Wolff's shipyard, Belfast, in February 1912.
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When I hear the word "Titanic," I picture a tuxedoed Leonardo DiCaprio, waiting at the bottom of a gilded staircase while the voice of Celine Dion swells in my mind. It's all Edwardian glitz and glamour, decadence and passionate love, the kind best enjoyed in a dark theater with plenty of popcorn. And then I quickly remember that the ship sinks, and that Titanic is more than just an epic film from my youth. On April 15, a century will have passed since the ship plummeted into the icy Atlantic, and it is the tragedy we should remember, not just the mythology surrounding it.

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7:42am

Sun April 10, 2011
Books

Twin Drama Returns in 'Sweet Valley Confidential'

Long before Twilight or Gossip Girl dominated the tween reading lists, there was one series from the 1980s that set the bar for mega-hits in young adult literature: Sweet Valley High.

It's been 10 years since author Francine Pascal wrote the last book. Now, she's written an update called Sweet Valley Confidential, and the original series is set to become a major motion picture.

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