Book Review–A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine




This is the 69th book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.



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A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine
  Published July 2nd 2013 by Feiwel & Friends


Oh, what fools these actors be!

it was a horror movie that turned into real horror: Three young actors lost their lives while the cameras rolled. Production stopped, and people proclaimed the movie was cursed.

Now, sixty years later, new actors are venturing onto the haunted set. In a desperate attempt to revive their failing studio, Claire’s dad has green-lit a remake of Mayhem Manor, and Claire and her friends are dying to be involved.

At first, Claire laughs at Jake’s talk of ghosts and curses. He’s been too busy crushing on her best friend, Delia, or making out with that slut, Annalee, to notice that she’s practically been throwing herself at him. What does he know anyway? This is her big chance to be a star!

But then, Claire runs into a creepy little man named Benny Puckerman, and gets her hands on a real love potion! Unfortunately, the course of true love never did run smooth…

Get ready for laughter to turn into screams as the Grandmaster of Horror, R.L. Stine, takes on the Master of Theater in this modern reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.



When I first saw this book, I was hours away from meeting R.L. Stine, whose books and writing I fell in love with when I was in fourth grade. I almost considered buying it because it looked interesting, and I pretty much love most of Stine’s work. Now I’m very glad that I didn’t. It makes me sad, though, because the author is a really sweet guy and I’ve never read anything that disappointed me as much. Even Dangerous Girls and Red Rain, which I didn’t care a whole lot for, didn’t disappoint me like this.

I appreciated that the characters were more modern. However, I didn’t like or could connect with a single one of them. Some even annoyed me, including the main character. I just didn’t care enough about this characters and whether they lived or died.

The premise itself was interesting in the beginning but ended up being way too predictable. Especially the Puck thing. It was a little amusing that Claire couldn’t remember his role in the story despite having read the play a year before. I haven’t read it in years yet I still remember his role.

I was also shocked by the slut shaming in this book. If you’re reading this, R.L. Stine, please, please, please don’t do this again. It was the most disappointing at all. A single comment would have been fine, but it seemed that several were made and I honestly couldn’t tell if this was supposed to be a character trait, the author’s opinion, or just an attempt to make things more modern–and that’s the problem.

This was a quick read, as most of his books are, but I just couldn’t get into it at all. I finished it, but would definitely never buy or re-read.









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