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‘Goosebumps!’ Author R.L. Stine Talks the Funniest Moments of His Career

This weekend, Goosebumps! author R.L. Stine spoke to a panel at the annual thriller-writers conference, Thrillerfest, and man, was it thrilling! The world-renowned Young Adult Horror author told-all, starting with where his fame began…


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According to Stine, he’d never joined this industry with the idea of being a horror writer for children ages eight-to-twelve in mind:


I wrote joke books…I had no idea that children love being scared!


In fact, it wasn’t until Stine wrote his first creepy novel, Blind Date, and was quickly thrust into the world of praise from his new cult of pint-sized and happily terrified fans, that he realized he might be onto something. So, Stine decided to trust in his instincts and take the leap out of the world of comedy, and into the ever-so-spooky world of children, possessed dummies, gooey monsters, and all of the things that go bump in the night!


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And, as you may already know due to his international notoriety and the sheer prominence the entire Goosebumps franchise holds as an important part of our pop culture history; turning toward horror novels for kids could not have worked out better for our most nostalgic wordsmith. Soon, he was filling bookstores and meet-and-greets with his avid-readers and loyal fans who couldn’t wait to shake his hand and hear him speak.


And, at one particular meet-and-greet that still stands out to Stine today, a teacher approached him at the table and said,


Can I take a picture with you? The kids all think you’re dead…


Never one to get bent out shape too easily, Stine told this story with joy, laughter, and the dry hilarity his friends and family know him for.


R.L. Stine went on to talk about the process of taking his works from the page to the screen; revealing that the first Goosebumps film adaptation was on the seventeenth version of the film script, written by the fourth team of writers, when they finally started filming. He even added that they hired a writer, paying him a flat-rate of $500,000 to go through the Goosebumps script for an afternoon and add-in jokes and silly phrasing. ($500,000?! Anyone know how I can sign-up for that gig?)


Stine also went on to talk about the difficulties and hurdles that came with casting, especially when it was nearing the time to decide which actor would take on the role of R.L. Stine, himself.


For months he mulled over the different actors he thought might be right for the role. And, every time the news broke about an actor who was potentially up for the part, fans would react in such an open (and slightly intense) manner; soon sending messages to Stine about how he should just play the role himself. Receiving an inbox filled with mixed signals and feeling more confused than ever before about who should play the role, Stine decided to take the decision to the two people he trusted most: his wife and son.


But, when he asked his wife, Jane Waldhorn, whether or not he should just play the role himself, she simply replied:


You’re too old to play yourself.


And, when he asked his son, Matthew Stine, for his hot-take on the whole casting process, and if he had any ideas about who should play the part, he said:


I think you should be played by Morgan Freeman.


Feeling like casting Morgan Freeman might be a bit of a stretch, Stine decided to once-again trust his gut and let the casting department go with their first choice actor: Jack Black.


Still, although he didn’t get to play himself, Stine was still granted his very own cameo within the film.



(Also, can we just take a second to talk about how beautifully meta it was for Jack Black, whilst in character as R.L. Stine, to bump into Stine and refer to him as “Mr. Black.” Clever, Goosebumps team, very clever…)


It was so, insanely exciting to spend the afternoon listening to such an important and iconic creator speak so candidly, and in such a fun, light-hearted manner, I’m still buzzing with adrenaline from it all! 


The trailer for Goosebumps 2 was released this week, watch it here! The film is expected for release October 12, 2018 (and I don’t know about you but I am so ready!!)





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5 Books To Read If You Fell For ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’

I recently got super excited for an adaptation that’s coming out this August. My high school self appreciates this story due to my hopeless romantic tendencies of always feeling too much. Do I still get carried away at times? Guilty. But Jenny Han’s YA-romance novel, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, has brought out a little sentimentality in me and I think we all need it.


This novel, and soon-to-be Netflix adaptation premiering on August 17th, follows a sixteen-year-old Lara Jean who has that invisible high school experience. No one really knows her, she lays low, but deep down her imagination runs wild. She has a secret collection of five letters written to all the boys she loves and love in the past. Five letters no one knows about, until one day they somehow make it into the hands of each boy. Feelings come to the surface and soon Lara has to figure out who she is in order to show everyone and herself that she’s truly open to love. I know, my heart. But the trailer looks quirky, cute, and the cinematic style is oh so lovable. Whether you read it or not, here’s five books to kick you into gear for some summer lovin’.


1. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum


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Jessie becomes the new girl when she begins classes in a brand new school. She’s just looking for some friends and a little helpful advice on how to get by with her teachers. Then out of the blue she receives an email offering help from a person called Somebody/Nobody. She begins to wonder what his agenda is exactly. The more they talk and the closer they get, she wonders if perhaps certain identities are better left unknown.



2. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
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Natasha is a realist. Facts, science, and being logical is all she’s known. On her last day in New York City, she and her family could lose everything. In comes Daniel; he’s a good student, son, and certainly not a dreamer. He never believed in poetry, but the moment he spots Natasha, he sure as hell believes in something



3. Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg


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Macallan and Levi are both set in their ways of simply being friends. That’s all they need and all they’ll ever need. Or is it? The older they get and the more they hang out, they begin to feel like all those complicated feelings are actually worth it.



4. Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan


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Josie has always had her own way of translating life however she feels; it’s always worked for her. However, life throws her a curveball when her sister decides to marry Mr. Not-So-Right. It makes her begin to wonder if she ever knew what that four letter word meant. But soon enough she’s about to figure out the true and real meaning of it all.


5. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli


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Simon’s big secret? He’s gay, but no one can ever know, not right now at least. However, a fellow classmate needs his help so he blackmails him with the emails he’s been exchanging with a guy he really cares for, but remains anonymous. Simon’s biggest secret is now on the brink of being revealed.




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This New Novel Is Set Within the ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ World

Now, if you’re at all like me, then you already know that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the greatest series to ever grace modern television. This layered, genre-bending series about a cheerleader-turned-heroine helped pave the way for a generation of girls who believed that they, themselves, could fight the monsters under the bed; a generation of girls who knew exactly how powerful they were. 




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Even without the very clear feminist foundation, Buffy had such intense, powerful messages hidden beneath the plot lines of monsters, demons, and vampires. Almost everything was a metaphor for something far more profound. Like when Buffy awakes the morning after finally sleeping with her first love only to discover that he’s not the same kind, loving, soulful person he was just hours before (of course, this has more to do with an ancient gypsy curse than anything else). Then there’s the way Buffy’s own mother kicks her out of the house after she “comes out” as a slayer and her mother fails to understand that it’s just the way she was born and isn’t something she can control. This is the clear sexuality and teenage rebellion embodied within each of the sadistic, wild vampires (like Spike and Drusilla).


Even the different ways mourning is expressed through each character as they cope with the heartbreaking (and ultimately shocking) deaths that occur throughout the series shows something so vulnerable and human. One would say it feels as though you’re mourning alongside them. Buffy was also progressively ahead of it’s time for how openly and realistically it portrayed the lesbian relationship between Buffy’s best friend and sidekick, Willow Rosenberg, and her girlfriend (and fellow Wiccan) Tara Maclay.


Buffy was a show that felt like a part of you. The characters were each so flawed, lovable, and developed. They matured in such a concrete, authentic way it felt like you knew them as more than just fictional characters on some television series; the heart of this show felt real. It was a seven season show that was nearly impossible to say goodbye to. This is true even though saying hello to the incredibly dark and insanely well done spinoff series Angel definitely helped to ease some of that pain. 


Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a series that helped me grow; it influenced teenage me in more ways than I’m sure I even realize. It still continues to be something I turn to when life feels too intense and I need a quick escape route. And now, thanks to bestselling author Kiersten White (Paranormalcy), the world of Buffy has been raised from the dead with Slayer; a new young adult novel taking place within the Buffy universe.




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When Buffy began, as stated in the famed opening theme, there was only ever one slayer existing at a time:



In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.



Then, once the slayer inevitably passed away, another slayer would come into her powers and meet her “watcher”. They would be a mentor/teacher meant to help her understand her new place in this world and help her to hone in on all of her newfound skills and then begin training. But, during the finale, a spell was cast allowing every would-be slayer to come into her powers at once; the world was suddenly filled with young, powerful girls who had the agility and strength needed to keep the monsters at bay.


And now, it appears that Slayer is taking place where that world left off:



Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard. 



Did you get goosebumps? I got goosebumps. This sounds so perfectly Buffy-esque, I can’t wait to see where Nina’s journey as a slayer takes her!


Slayer is set to release January 8, 2019. You can read an exclusive excerpt from it here on EW.




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Ransom Riggs to Release Fourth ‘Peculiar Children’ Book

The overwhelming success of Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children continues with the release of a fourth book in the spooky series. Capturing reader’s hearts from the very beginning, the newest installment Map of Days is set to be released October 2nd of this year.



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According to EW, Map of Days follows the peculiar world after Jacob Portman managed to save it, returning to Florida and trying to blend in. After finding an underground bunker that once belonged to Portman’s grandfather, he begins to find clues about a possible double life along with terrifying discoveries about the American peculiar world. 


EW has an excerpt from the novel, which you can read here


The book is available for pre-order now


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Huge News: Sarah J. Maas Is Writing Adult Book Series

Sarah J Maas is best known for her young adult trilogy A Court of Thorns and Roses and the Throne of Glass series. She’s now stepping out of the YA genre and transporting adult readers into a new fantastical and mythical world. 



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Maas’ upcoming novel, Crescent City, will be the first in a new adult fantasy series. The novel is set in a universe where humans struggle for survival among the hierarchy of magical creatures. The novel will focus on Sidhe Bryce Quinlan as she seeks to avenge the death of her murdered best friend. 


Maas said in a statement,


Crescent City has been a passion project from the start, and I’ve been working on it for several years now whenever I get the chance.


Crescent City will be published in late 2019, but Maas fans still have a lot to look forward to from now until then. Her DC icon novel, Catwoman: Soulstealer is still in the works and A Court of Frost and Starlight was just published earlier this month. 


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