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Episode 54 – R.L. Stine

Goosebumps: A Night in Terror Tower by RL Stine Fear Street: The Face by RL Stine 
With Renata still in her Sadness Cave, Kait, Becca, and their guest Sarah took advantage of her absence to talk about Goosebumps and Fear Street. Join us on a trip back to Scholastic Book Fairs past, which is much more fun than taking a trip back to a torture chamber in vaguely medieval times. Just be careful not to DIE!!!!

Chapter Two: …of boredom, because it turns out not much happens in these books, despite the cliffhanger shoved in every five pages.

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: Goosebumps television theme song

Monster Edition: Goosebumps fanzine

Welcome to the Dead House by Rebecca Mock

Review of the Goosebumps movie

Goosebumps the movie is streaming on Netflix

RL Stine AMAs – 2013, 2016

A Definitive Ranking of Ever Goosebumps Cover by Creepiness

Are You Afraid of the Dark? Season One on Amazon | Later seasons on YouTube

Ross Hull (Gary on Are You Afraid of the Dark?) is a weatherman now

 Candy pairing:  Kait says Creepy Crawlers Edibles, Becca says Caramel Apple Pops, Sarah says Warheads.

Coming up next: Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys.

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Readers Advisory: Episode 54 – R.L. Stine

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading Goosebumps and Fear Street by R.L. Stine. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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Episode 53 – The Baby-sitters Club

Baby-sitters Club #56: Keep Out, Claudia! Baby-sitters Club Super Special #4: Baby-sitters' Island Adventure California Diaries: Ducky #3
Flashback Summer continues! While Renata is off in the wilderness, settling into her Sadness Cave, Kait, our editor Becca, and our guest Jennifer said hello to their friends–the Baby-sitters Club! Kait, Becca, and Jen revisited the BSC franchise as a whole with Baby-sitters Club #56: Keep Out, Claudia!, Baby-sitters Club Super Special #4: Baby-sitters’ Island Adventure, and California Diaries: Ducky #3, thinking fondly back on the time when you could call one number and reach seven reliable baby-sitters, people just abandoned their children to The World’s Most Mature Thirteen Year Olds on the regular, and that theme song was constantly stuck in your head. Put on your oversized blue and pink tie dyed t-shirt, blue cowboy boots, pink and black checked leggings, side-ponytail, and one earring shaped like a musical note and one earring shaped like a guitar and join us for another stroll down memory lane in our Flashback Summer!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: The Baby-sitters Club television theme song

The Baby-sitters Club Mystery Game commercial

A Mary Anne with Kristy Rising: On the Enduring Legacy of the Baby-Sitters Club Books

List of Baby-sitters Club books by ghostwriter

California Diaries on Wikipedia (including ghostwriters)

Peter Lerangis on Ghostwriting the Baby-Sitter’s Club and the Future of YA Lit

Quantum Leap theme song

Monstress Vol 1 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Candy pairing:  Kait says candy necklaces, Becca says Now and Laters, Jennifer says Fruit-by-theFoot.

Coming up next: Goosebumps and Fear Street by RL Stine.

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Readers Advisory: Episode 53 – The Baby-sitters Club

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading The Baby-sitters Club by Ann M. Martin. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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In Defense of Fifty Shades of Grey (Sort of)

Since reading this book for our last episode (listen here), Kait and Renata have found themselves at odds with most of the internet on the subject of whether Fifty Shades of Grey is harmful to women. Below are their thoughts–written by Kait, but co-signed by Renata.

Fifty Shades of Grey is not a good book.

I’m not talking about the the things you might think I’m talking about. I don’t have a problem with the sex or the BDSM portrayal or the relationship itself. At its core, as a work of fiction, Fifty Shades is just poorly written. The narrative is weak, the characters are barely more than cardboard cutouts, the text is littered with repetition, and the plot is merely transparent connective tissue that links the sex scenes and doesn’t even come to an actual climax (pun intended). Fifty Shades is a book you read out loud to your friends, laughing at the awkwardly paced writing and doing a shot every time Ana says “jeez” or “oh my,” which is roughly once a page. Its origin as Twilight fanfiction isn’t just noticeable, it’s crucial knowledge if you want any of the character motivations and relationships to make any sense. EL James did a terrible job of filing the serial numbers off and it’s all to the book’s detriment. If someone asked me if I thought they should read this book, I would probably tell them not to waste their time–there’s better porn for free on the internet.

All that being said, I have spent the past two weeks since I read this book defending Fifty Shades against 90% of it’s detractors. Because it’s garbage, yes, but it’s not “abuse,” and I’m sick of people on the internet using that as an excuse to police and shame women’s reading habits.
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