On a total side note, something I (thankfully) missed completely in my youth/country was the Sweet Valley High books. I believe there were more than a few of these books, and they were subsequently followed by the Sweet Valley Twins books, and then Sweet Valley University. Anyhow, I just found out that there will be a new book in 2005 some time called Sweet Valley Heights. Apparently all the characters will now be in their 20's and 30's. And probably still all drama queens.
Now if they did this with the Hardy Boys, I'd be all over it. *grins*