What’s up nostalgia nerds,
It’s your friendly neighborhood Staff-man here with another blog. Do you guys remember Goosebumps? Because what could be more 90’s than these books written by R.L Stine? The Goosebumps series took you on a journey into the spooky, weird and bone-chilling. The books as well as the television series which came later, went all in on kids needing to be scared and to be quite honest a good scare is needed every once in a while. I’m very excited to write this Goosebumps nostalgia review! Let’s get started.
Night of the Living Reader
What I liked about the series was the way it raised a generation of readers including myself, to go out and be weird. Goosebumps spoke to a genre of kids and kept you interested in each outcome of the story’s protagonist.
Even now I have memories of walking hand in hand with my parents to my pre-school bookfairs in the 90s. This puts a smile on my face. Picking out the book (usually with the creepiest title) I couldn’t wait to go home and have my mom read the book to me at bedtime. When I got a little older, I would sneak and stay up late at night and read undercover, armed with my flashlight.
My favorite story in the series has to be “My Hairest Adventure“. I remember this book fondly because my mom and I were at Target when I saw it and Haddaway (What is love) was playing over the store speaker *side-note (I love this song). I picked up the book, read some of it and later I picked it up again at the library. It had everything I could ask for in a story, solid plot, strange happenings and twist ending. Needless to say, I read plenty more Goosebumps books after that.
The Tv Show
When the Tv show came out in 1995 it changed my whole world. Finally, I could see these stories come to life! The show did not disappoint. One of my favorite episodes was “Say Cheese and Die“. This episode was about a kid named “Greg” who took a camera he found in the spooky, old house. The instant camera develops pictures depicting impending disasters that haven’t happen yet. This episode also features a very young Ryan Goslin as Greg.
I found this series to also be a gateway to other things in my life such as watching the Twilight Zone, Monsters the series and Tales from the Crypt (Blog coming later). Goosebumps books were a fun and creepy escape that really helped to grow my imagination and take time off the clock.