In the 2010 film Easy A, there is an exchange between several characters:

Rhiannon: Aren't you supposed to be like, eternally in love with him, and shit?

Olive Penderghast: Yes, I believe so. If I was "A Gossip Girl in Sweet Valley with traveling pants".

What does Olive mean here by "Yes, I believe so. If I was "A Gossip Girl in Sweet Valley with traveling pants".?

Please note: English is not my native language, so the simpler and clearer you can make your explanation, the better.

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    It's just referring to some other tv shows and movies that were made for women that have central themes of love and romance Aug 30, 2014 at 21:42
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    Nice Luis, glad you came back. Olive is making fun of the way Rihanni is using language here. She's saying "Eternally in love with him and shit" is shallow and trite; phrased in a way a stereotypical airheaded teenaged girl might say it. Googling "valley girl" or looking that topic up in Wikipedia might also shed some light.
    – Dan Bron
    Aug 30, 2014 at 21:44
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    It's not really a language issue, these are cultural references.
    – Barmar
    Sep 1, 2014 at 7:33
  • barmar just answer the question
    – luis
    Sep 21, 2014 at 10:08

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As your comments will indicate, this is an instance of referential humor dealing with various instances of young adult fiction dealing with teenage girls. The joke is that the character uttering them wants to differentiate herself from the themes contained therein, specifically an idealized portrayal of romance.

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