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‘Goosebumps!’ Isn’t the Only R.L. Stine Adaptation in the Works

Beware! R.L. Stine’s picture book The Little Shop of Monsters and his book series Rotten School are going to be adapted into some horrific animated on-screen content.

 

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According to the La Times, Stine had this to say:

“Thanks to Yvonne Bernard, Lookout Entertainment and Splash Entertainment, ‘The Little Shop of Monsters’ will soon be open for business…And I’m looking forward to school being in session with my most rotten book series, ‘Rotten School,’ onscreen for the first time too.”

 

The Little Shop of Monsters

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The Little Shop of Monsters was Stine’s first picture book. Coupled with Marc Brown’s illustrations that Publisher’s Weekly described as “humorously [matching] the creatures’ names and attributes to their physical appearances, creating a raucous crew of horned, clawed, fanged, bug-eyed, winged, scaly, and furry monsters in an array of patterns and colors”, the story followed two children, a boy and girl, who walk into a store behind to buy a monster.

 

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Monsters cluster behind panes of glass…

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…and gawk at the children as they walk past their cages…

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…and watch them from the beyond while the narrator playful torments the reader by asking how great they are.

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Kirkus Reviews summed the book up with thus: “Readers are sure to visit this shop again and again for its fantastical creatures and its slightly sinister tone.” This hilariously horrifying book won the 2016 Children’s Choice Book Award for kindergarten to second grade book of the year. 

 

The Rotten School series

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With no less than sixteen books in the series, Rotten School is a landmark in R. L. Stine’s career. Brought to us by Parachute Publishing, the series last from 2005 until 2008. Want to know why it’s such a brave career move? Well, just listen to the premise below.

 

Rotten School, The Big Blueberry Barf-Off!

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The series follows the adventures of Bernie Bridges, a fourth-grader who lives in his dormitory of the titular school. He has friends with strange names such as Feenman, Beast, Chipmunk, Nosebleed, and Billy The Brain and rivals such as the spoiled but rich Sherman oaks and his compatriots Wes Updood and Joe Sweety.

The story is eye-catching considered that it does not contain themes of horror. No monster in a store here. Instead, we have Bernie’s crush: April-May June, and him trying to earn money by selling his things, stealing from his friends, and making bets.

It’s a strangely down-to-earth book considering the outrageous names.

The illustrations by Trip Park balance the realistic and cartoony nature. In fact, his website says that the series “was a wonderful chance to combine his love for children’s illustration with this group of rotten students”.

The series was an interesting come-around for Stine’s career. See, he started out as a humor writer before published horror novels in the 1980s. Come 1980, he debuted his Fear Street series, and three years later, come 1992, he started writing the Goosebumps series. Rotten School then brought him back to his routes over twenty years later.

Now the Hollywood Reporter wrote that “R. L. Stine and illustrator Marc Brown have signed a deal with Splash Entertainment to create animated onscreen content based on two book properties”. This deal came about with the help of Lookout Entertainment, Stine’s licensing agent.

 

Splash Entertainment specializes in children’s entertainment. They’ve produced family features such as Chloe’s Closet, Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch and Norm of the North.

Currently both Dan Bernard and Yvonne Bernard are set to serve as executive producers, although it’s unknown if they’ll becomes films or television series.

 

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R.L. Stein Rolls Out New Goosebumps-Inspired Graphic Novel

King of childhood nightmares, R.L Stine, the author of the Goosebumps books, is trying his hand in writing a graphic novel inspired by Goosebumps series. R.L Stine has partnered with Boom! Studio to launch Just Beyond seriesThe Scare School. The story follows two versions of the same middle-school, that exist in the same time and place as each other.

 

 

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The twelve-year-old characters, in old fashioned clothing, are traveling between the worlds, running from a cyborg that is seeking to drag them back to their own world. R.L Stine will be showing up at New York Comic Con to preview his new graphic novel. Check out the exclusive look into R.L Stine Just Beyond graphic novel.

 

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Lee Child cameo in 'Jack Reacher'

Did You Notice These Authors in Their On-Screen Movie Cameos?

Just this past weekend, during the annual thriller-writers conference, Thrillerfest, authors R.L. Stine, Lee Child, David Morrell, Heather Graham, and George R.R. Martin had a chance to sit together and discuss social media, their struggles as they strived for success, some of the stranger things fans have said to them during meet-and-greets, and more.

 

Three of the wordsmiths even decided to delve on into the world of Hollywood and discuss the quirks, fumbles, and just all-around generalized awkwardness that can come with doing a cameo-appearance in your own book-to-film adaptation (it was exactly everything you’d expect and oh, so much more)!

 

 

 

Author of all things spooky, R.L. Stine, had initially wondered if he should maybe just play himself in the 2015 film adaptation of Goosebumps! However, after a bit of disagreement from his fans (and his wife), he decided a short cameo within the film would be more than enough to satiate his hunger to be on screen. In the original script, Stine (who plays the Vice Principal in the school where the film-version of Stine teaches) was set to stand on-stage and hand one of the lead children a trophy.

 

I told the director I needed a line and he said, ‘okay…say something!’ so I handed the kid the trophy and said, ‘Congratulations, sonny!’

 

 

 

Popular Thriller writer and author of the Jack Reacher series, Lee Child, said that after he’s been given a script and asked to choose which scene he’d like a cameo in, he always chooses a scene essential to the plot that he knows cannot wind up on the cutting room floor. He also went on to describe the strange sort of feeling that comes along with meeting a character of your own creaton.

 

The production team thought me handing him the toothbrush would be like me, the creator of this character, passing the baton onto Tom Cruise…

 

 

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The legendary creator of the entire Game of Thrones franchise, George R.R. Martin, spoke about his cameo in his 1987 television-series, Beauty and the Beast. According to Martin, he assumed the cameo would be the perfect opportunity to plug his new book whilst eating a free cheeseburger or two. However he had no idea that the scene would take hours upon hours to shoot (and cheeseburgers upon cheeseburgers eaten).

 

These weren’t Shake Shack, or even McDonalds…I’m talking the twenty-four pack of microwavable cheeseburgers…so if you’re going to be a featured extra make sure you’re doing something your okay with doing ninety times in a row.

 

 

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George R.R. Martin and R.L. Stine Share Their Opposing Views on Social Media

During an open-panel discussion last Saturday at the popular thriller-writers conference, Thrillerfest, George R.R. Martin (author of Game of Thrones) and R.L. Stine (author of Goosebumps!) talked all things social media and well, they don’t exactly see eye-to-eye…

 

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R.L. Stine, George R.R. Martin, Heather Graham, David Morrell and Lee Child at Thrillerfest | Image via Twitter

 

George R.R. Martin started off the discussion,

 

I don’t know, social media…some days I want to burn it all down…”

 

That seems like a fair enough statement considering the fact that, as I’m sure anyone with any sort of social media account already knows, the internet can be an insanely scary, cruel, and vindictive place. It seems like there are people out there who, for whatever reason, feel compelled to spew insults and hatred from behind the safety of their computer screens, seemingly forgetting (or choosing not to acknowledge, rather) that real people are at the receiving end. For example: 

 

 

 

Martin went on to ask

 

Has social media driven us mad, or were we always mad, we just did a better job at hiding it?

 

 

Now, as valid as this statement is, R.L. Stine chimed in to talk about how he’s experienced social media in an entirely different light:

 

I love Twitter, I’m on it all the time…I love connecting with my fans from the nineties

 

Now, if you take a look at Stine’s Twitter feed, it’s no surprise that this man loves to tweet…

 

 

It’s interesting to how see two wildly famous household names have had such contrasting experiences on social media!

 

Martin rebutted Stine’s statement with:

 

It’s ugly…I don’t know what to think about it all…it ain’t the seventies.

 

Stine simply replied:

 

 I’m beloved!

 

This silly disagreement was done with laughter as the two authors poked fun at each other because, as everyone knows, George R.R. Martin’s fans have a lot of animosity toward him due to their growing impatience while they wait for the yet-to-be-announced release of the final Game of Thrones novel, while R.L. Stine’s fans have loved him since childhood, and have had zero reason to be angry with him.

 

So, let’s maybe cut George R.R. Martin some slack because writing a novel of that caliber has to be extremely stressful and time-consuming and, at the end of the day, he’s just a human writing fictional stories of a fictional place and it isn’t worth attacking, threatening, or hurting his feelings because we’re excited to see how the story ends.

 

So, let’s keep lovin’ on R.L. Stine and showing him how grateful and nostalgic he makes us feel, while extending some of that love on over to George R.R. Martin because he deserves it, too. (Don’t we all?)

 

 

 

 

 

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