Happy Friday my lovelies! *waves*
What a week it has been. I’ve been madly trying to write as many blog posts as I can and scheduling them so that when I start uni back next week I’m not too stressed out. It’s my last week of freedom and leisure (and too many episodes of Real Housewives) before it’s full time study. It’s my last year so I really need to put my all in if I hope to be offered Honors.
Today’s #flashbackfriday is concentrating on an author near and dear to my heart. It’s R.L.Stine. I devoured books by this author and every spare bit of pocket money went on buying a Goosebumps book and then later on the Fear Street series.
My obsession with these books meant that my local librarian new me by first name basis and would put aside a copy for me as soon as they received one. The Goosebumps series was such as easy read for me during my primary school years (that’s middle grade for my US readers!), the downside being that I usually finished them overnight and then was left searching for a new one. The first book in the series, ‘Welcome to Dead House‘ is so burned into my memory that I still think about it from time to time. It was such a great twist and was the first time that I had read something like that.
For those of you who never read Goosebumps, each book is it’s own stand alone story. It’s always something creepy and scary (but only a little bit scary – like a PG version of Stephen King for kids). I look back at how many of these books R.L.Stine used to pump out and I wonder how he did it? How did he manage to write so much? What was his daily writing schedule like?
By the time I hit my tween years I had a new favorite, which was his Fear Street series for teenagers. I had every single book, read everything all the local libraries had and was constantly stalking my local book store for new releases. There is no one more bitter about the fact that one weekend when I was away with friends my mum ‘donated’ all my books to a library because she was sick of the towering stacks of books in my room and every time we moved house I had a dozen boxes dedicated to books alone. Needless to say, I didn’t talk to her for a good two weeks and every time I’m at a used book store I still look out for copies to buy back.
Moving on… Fear Street was a fantastic series for teenagers that dealt with teen life and what happens when murder, paranormal entities and horror happens. This series fueled my love for YA and the paranormal. Looking back I’m quite impressed by how well R.L.Stine a 40 something year old man at the time could write teenage girls so well without being condescending. That’s talent! While small parts of the books may be outdated for teens now (you will find no internet or cell phones here my friends), the books still stand the test of time and if I had a teen I would be shoving these towards them.
Did you every read any of these books growing up? What were some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments below as I’d be interested in reading what some of your childhood/teen years favorite books were.