History Literature / Goosebumps

15th Nov '17 9:05:45 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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If not for Creator/JKRowling and Creator/NeilGaiman, then ''this'' would be the high water mark of scary, post Creator/RoaldDahl children's writing. Growing up as a child in the '90s, these books were a ''must-have'' (along with ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' ''Literature/TheBabysittersClub,'' and the ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' series and all its spin-offs and prequels).

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If not for Creator/JKRowling and the likes of Creator/JKRowling, Creator/NeilGaiman, and Creator/SuzanneCollins, then ''this'' would be the high water mark of scary, post Creator/RoaldDahl children's writing. Growing up as a child in the '90s, these books were a ''must-have'' (along with ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' ''Literature/TheBabysittersClub,'' and the ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' series and all its spin-offs and prequels).
1st Nov '17 2:58:39 PM lakingsif
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* MissingChild: One of the interactive books focuses on the main character's younger brother Denny going missing due to stepping into a time machine.
16th Oct '17 9:16:16 PM Javertshark13
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* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Brandy in ''Egg Monsters from Mars'', Ginny in ''Bad Hare Day'', Lefty in ''Let's Get Invisible!'', Ron in ''Be Careful What You Wish For'' and Noah in ''The Haunted Mask''. But the worst one is easily [[TheSociopath Tara]] in ''The Cuckoo Clock of Doom''.

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* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Brandy in ''Egg Monsters from Mars'', Ginny in ''Bad Hare Day'', Lefty in ''Let's Get Invisible!'', Ron in ''Be Careful What You Wish For'' and Noah in ''The Haunted Mask''. But the worst one is easily [[TheSociopath Tara]] in ''The Cuckoo Clock of Doom''.



* BetaBitch: Anna in ''Be Careful What You Wish For''.



* BigBrotherBully: Kevin to Eddie in ''You Can't Scare Me'', Mickey to Cooper in ''The Barking Ghost'', Greg and Pam to Matt in ''Don't Go To Sleep'', though none one of them holds a candle to Wade's brother Micah in ''Revenge R Us''.

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* BigBrotherBully: Kevin to Eddie in ''You Can't Scare Me'', Mickey to Cooper in ''The Barking Ghost'', Ron to Samantha in ''Be Careful What You Wish For'', Greg and Pam to Matt in ''Don't Go To Sleep'', though none one of them holds a candle to Wade's brother Micah in ''Revenge R Us''.
16th Oct '17 7:07:47 PM Javertshark13
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* ShapedLikeItself: This gem from ''Calling All Creeps'': "I call them my four enemies because... they're my four enemies."
11th Oct '17 2:14:50 PM thatsnumberwang
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* BlessedWithSuck: A lot of the books start off with the protagonist finding some kind of supremely powerful magical object that is awesome for about five minutes before terrible things start to happen.
8th Oct '17 12:16:37 PM ThomasProofreader
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* TwistEnding: Usually on the last page, maybe even last paragraph, of almost every book. Many variations, including TomatoInTheMirror, HereWeGoAgain, DeadAllAlong, TheBadGuyWins, WarpedAesop, FromBadToWorse, and the occasional KarmicTwistEnding. Many of them were also {{Cruel Twist Ending}}s.

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* TwistEnding: Usually on the last page, maybe even last paragraph, of almost every book. Many variations, including TomatoInTheMirror, HereWeGoAgain, DeadAllAlong, TheBadGuyWins, WarpedAesop, FamilyUnfriendlyAesop, FromBadToWorse, and the occasional KarmicTwistEnding. Many of them were also {{Cruel Twist Ending}}s.
5th Oct '17 11:01:25 PM Javertshark13
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* NoLongerWithUs: This happens in ''Be Careful What You Wish For''. When Samantha asks why Judith and her friend aren't at school, the nurse tells her, "They're gone." Samantha panics for a moment, but the nurse clarifies that they weren't well enough to come to class and had to see the doctor.
27th Sep '17 3:06:53 PM Bisected8
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* TheStoryThatNeverWas: In "Be Careful What You Wish For" [[spoiler:Samatha Byrd gets a gift of three wishes from the witch Clarissa. But, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor as expected]], all these wishes come with terrible side effects. At the end, Samatha's uses her final request to wish that she had never met Clarissa.]]
4th Sep '17 5:23:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* CryingWolf: There's the story "The Girl Who Cried Monster", about a girl who constantly pulls monster pranks. Eventually, she finds out that the librarian is a monster, but nobody believes her. Of course, this aesop is a bit undermined by [[FantasticAesop the inherent nature of it]] -- people ''may'' believe you if you say there's a wolf in town, but a bug-eyed monster? [[CassandraTruth Unlikely]]. It turns out that [[spoiler: Her parents - as well as her and her brother - are actually monsters, which she didn't know at the time and they had been acting like they didn't believe her when they were planning to eat the librarian.]]

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* CryingWolf: There's the story "The Girl Who Cried Monster", about a girl who constantly pulls monster pranks. Eventually, she finds out that the librarian is a monster, but nobody believes her. Of course, this aesop is a bit undermined by [[FantasticAesop the inherent nature of it]] -- people ''may'' believe you if you say there's a wolf in town, but a bug-eyed monster? [[CassandraTruth Unlikely]].Unlikely in any case]]. It turns out that [[spoiler: Her parents - as well as her and her brother - are actually monsters, which she didn't know at the time and they had been acting like they didn't believe her when they were planning to eat the librarian.]]
4th Sep '17 5:21:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* CryingWolf: There's the story "The Girl Who Cried Monster", about a girl who constantly pulls monster pranks. Eventually, she finds out that the librarian is a monster, but nobody believes her. Of course, this aesop is a bit undermined by [[FantasticAesop the inherent nature of it]] -- people ''may'' believe you if you say there's a wolf in town, but a bug-eyed monster? [[CassandraTruth Unlikely]]. It turns out that [[spoiler: Her parents - as well as her and her brother - are actually monsters, which she didn't know at the time and they had been acting like they didn't believe her when they were planning to eat the librarian.]]
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