Headscratchers: Goosebumps

Don't Go To Sleep!

  • How did Matt cause a reality warp by falling asleep in the guest room when his family has guests sleep there on an annual basis?
    • Matt caused a reality warp because he disobeyed his mom (and, in a sense, his place in reality).
    • Nobody else noticed that reality had changed (except the bad guys), so how do we know there isn't a warp every time someone sleeps in there? Matt wouldn't have realised.
    • I haven't read this one in awhile, but didn't reality go back to normal when he went to sleep in his own bed? So maybe it's OK to sleep in the reality warping bed, as long as someone is asleep in the other bed.
  • Watching JonTron review it, it made me realize something; If the main Character was altering Reality, enough so that the Reality Police would arrest him and put him on trial, why was he putting himself into situations where he had no idea what he was doing? If I were trying to Alter reality, I would make it so that I could play hockey, or I could perform operations on the brain or the bomb, or I'd be marrying a dream girl or something. I understand he wasn't aware that he was altering reality, but the fact that the Reality around him was warped would mean that he himself would also be warped to fit that reality, even if he was aware of it. Why was he altering reality into situations where he couldn't do what the "reality" said he could do?
    • He was just warping reality by fluke because he kept sleeping in the wrong bed; that's it. He wasn't in control of anything. Secondly, it wasn't his biggest concern. He just wanted to get back home; and that's all he wanted, so the power potential was never tapped into because it wasn't the focus.

Let's Get Invisible

  • He could''ve easily avoided the plot by wishing he was home again.
  • They continually make a big deal of the younger brother being left-handed, to the point where he's called "Lefty" in the book. How is it that nobody noticed that he was suddenly right-handed before the end of the book/episode? I'm sure he would've had to have used a fork and knife or something like that in the interim. Did he fake being left-handed until he was alone with Max?
    • It means that Lefty got replaced with his mirror counterpart...who can throw right-handed.
      • I probably could have phrased that better...thanks to finding this buried in my bedroom, I remember that in the book there's at least a full day that passes between Lefty being replaced and Max finding out, since they're going out for dinner, then the 'contest'(which Mirror Lefty un-cancels) is the next day. So my point there is: how did his parents or Max not realize BEFORE the ending that Lefty was suddenly right handed. What I mean is: I'm assuming he would've had to eat between those two events, and if he were using a fork and knife, why did no one notice he's using his right hand to cut his food? That's all I meant.
      • Not all food needs to be eaten with a knife and fork. I often eat cereal while holding the spoon in whichever hand is convenient, and the same for popcorn and sandwiches. As for dinners, it's easy to switch hands for cutting when it's something soft or of a consistent cutting difficulty. Heck, it's considered normal in the U.S. to cut with your left hand and eat with your right, and in Great Britain to cut with your right hand then switch the fork over to put the bite in your mouth, so that alone goes to show that if Mirror-Lefty wanted to disguise who he was, he could have just used the other hand. If they had TV Dinners, like at least a few Stine characters have on a regular basis, he wouldn't need a knife even if it was something with a lump- or "fillet"-meat entrée instead of something like macaroni or taco salad.
      • Actually, in the United Kingdom, we use forks in the left hand and the knife in our right. Switching hands is usually regarded as bad or sloppy manners, and using your cutlery the other way round means you're left handed. However it is also common to only use your fork in one hand (usually the right) if you're eating something that requires no cutting (like noodles or beans and mash), but usually it's only done when you're eating alone or in an informal setting. Doing so at a formal setting (like a meal with your family) is considered bad manners. In other words, either the characters are idiots or Lefty is nearly ambidextrous when it comes to things other than writing (as some people are).
      • True...I'm just speaking as someone who always cuts his food with his left-hand simply because I'm left-handed and cut better that way; I was just simply wondering if Mirror Lefty had been disguising himself until it was dramatically convenient, so I guess the answer is: yes.
      • I think they just never payed that much attention to what lefty was doing until Max saw him throwing the ball. And in the TV Episode, he disappears on the morning that the climax takes place, so there would be no time to notice.

My Best Friend is Invisible

  • How the hell did the fact that every single character bar the invisible one is naked, gelatinous, multi-limbed, multi-eyed (More than two, I mean), and tentacled not come up in the story before the reveal? They explicitly have a footrace, and that didn't become noticeably different one time!
    • It's a tomato surprise, albeit stupid, but a tomato surprise.
    • The book is also very vague when it comes to describing the characters up until then. Especially their physical appearance.

Perfect School

  • Why does the school personnel keep the original kids alive? From a logistic point of view, it would make more sense to kill them: no money would be wasted to feed them, and there would be no chance of them running away and reveal the secret. They could even be recycled and fed to the clones, to save even more money.

Strained Peas

  • Why does the car of the monsters at the end have a symbol that looks like a military emblem? Is there a nation of monsters, with an army? And why would a family (no matter what species it is) travel in a military car? Did the monsters consider the humans to be so dangerous that they require military escort whenever they have contact with humans?

Attack of the Mutant

  • It's implied that the Masked Mutant himself is the one who writes his own comics. But if he is indeed a fictional character and is aware of this, it presents a "chicken or egg" question as to which came first, the Mutant or his comics? Also, what about the guy Skipper mentioned as the author of the comics, Starenko? Is he even real, or one of the Mutant's personas, like Libby?

Why I Am Afraid Of Bees

  • It is never explained how the protagonist suddenly got back in his human body after he died as a bee. What the heck happened? The hero says he intends to get explanations, but they are never revealed.
    • My guess is that the bee dying shocked them all back in their bodies, but the bee ended up sharing Gary's, hence the Twist ending.
    • It was probably Mind Screw, and all in his little phobic mind.
  • When he is stuck as a bee and finally manages to communicate with the employee who transferred his mind in the first place, she doesn't do a damn thing to help him and says she cannot restore him to his original body just because the guy occupying his body doesn't want to leave it. Of course, it can be explained by this mind-swapping company being an underground one that has little to no safety compliance. Anyway, why doesn't the protagonist just ask to have his mind transferred in the other guy's body (which is occupied by the bee's) just as it was meant to in the first place?? Wouldn't it make his life much easier?
    • Perhaps the other guy needs to be hooked up the machine? After all, we don't know where Dirk even was when the switch began. perhaps he was in another machine somewhere else.
    • Also, Gary probably wanted nothing more to do with these idiots. Their fuck up with the device caused his predicament in the first place, why risk that again? His primary concern was getting back to normal and appreciating his life for what is.
  • Always remember the characters are morons
  • And last but not least, how can he still talk when being a bee? Bees don't have vocal organs, do they?

A Night in Terror Tower

The Cuckoo Clock of Doom

  • The "flaw" in the clock is mentioned before the time travel shenanigans begin, before the protagonist starts going back in time. At the end of the book, his father reveals that he's discovered what the flaw is—the year dial is missing a year, namely the one that he himself knocked off as a baby when he was fixing the clock, and as a result, when things were reset to normal his bratty little sister, born in that year, was never born. But then how was there a "flaw" in the original timeline?
    • Magic, powerful, time-altering clock? It could be that there was a different flaw initially, and the missing year is a new one that replaced the old one.

The Horror at Camp Jellyjam

  • My post at Blogger Beware's article for this story: "King Jellyjam just raises too many questions, all of which I asked when reading this book as a grade schooler. Where did he come from? Just what the hell is he? How is he strong enough to shake the ground when belching? Why the fuck does he sweat snails? If he can't survive without slaves to clean him, how did he exist before he obtained slaves? And being a giant blob monster, how did he get slaves in the first place? Where did he get his crown? I need to lie down, my head hurts... "
    • According to Word of God, he was created when a camper left a cup of gelatin inside a radioactive cave full of snails.
      • That covers some of it, at least, thank you. But it also raises the question: what was the camp like before his creation? Was it just a normal sports camp?
    • Perhaps he was in a larval stage when he took over the camp. As he matured, so did his stench, but most of the time he had kids cleaning him. By the time they stopped, he died of shock because his lungs had never adapted to the smell.
It's also implied he has some kind of telepathic powers.

Deep Trouble

  • What exactly did the merpeople do to Alexander and the other bad guys? They're never mentioned being arrested,and Billy only tells us that Alexander is "gone." Did these guys actually get drowned and eaten by mermaids?
    • Mermaids do drag their male victims down for a snack, so yeah.

Night of the Living Dummy III

  • Can someone explain the ending of the TV episode to me? In the book, Trina gives Slappy to Zane as revenge for getting her and her brother grounded for life, and Slappy winked at her as if to say "don't worry, I'm going to fuck up his life just like I did yours". But what happens in the TV episode? Does Slappy possess him or something?

Slappy's Nightmare

  • When Jimmy O'James puts the curse on him, and tells Slappy that the only way out is he has to do three good deeds in a week or go to sleep forever (which, for Slappy, is equivalent to a death sentence), the exact phrasing is, "You have to do three good deeds - and no evil. If you don't do three good deeds in a week, you will fall asleep and never come to life again." It was made VERY clear that he can't do any evil deeds. No evil. None. So later in the book, Slappy attempts to murder a girl, because he thinks she's standing between him and his life. What was the repercussion for it? Sure, he never got to actually do it, but the fact that he thought about it, planned it, and would have done it if some contrived thing didn't stop him doesn't trigger the curse? Or would that have only been the result if he actually succeeded?
    • The only other reason I can think of is if Jimmy was there to witness it and end it there, which leads to:
  • Jimmy threatened to be watching his every move (which would have in and of itself ended the book before the halfway point). Where the hell was he, then?
    • I would think Reality Ensues can excuse this, at least. What would the mom or neighbors think if they saw some teenage boy randomly stalking the house with two young girls?

Streets of Panic Park!

  • The Menace has the villains of the previous books working for him, promised revenge against the protagonists. Towards the end they are all assembled in the same place. They include a mummy, to menace Abbey from Who's Your Mummy. Only thing; anyone who read Who's Your Mummy would know that the mummies in that story are NOT the villains. You COULD make the argument that the villains were a sort of mummy, but they aren't featured, it's specifically a classic bandaged mummy. I get the idea some Ghost Writing was involved here.
  • The kids were brought to Horror Land because their enemies, the villains of the books, were promised revenge. So, why were Matt and Julie involved? Their 'villains' were a container of Monster Blood and a cursed camera; inanimate objects. Not even sentient inanimate objects! They're never even brought up when the other villains are involved.
    • Abbey probably shouldn't be involved either. While she does have a villain representing her book, it falls straight under fridge logic (see above).
    • The Menace specifically needed kids who could survive the fear, and faced surreal, scary situations that normal kids don't face. Therefore, Abbey, Matt, and Julie still qualify, if only because the Menace needs their fear to bring back Panic Park. More batteries, so to speak.

Slappy New Year!

Oh, where do I begin with this book?

  • There's a scene at a Christmas party with a HUGE family gathering. Ray is trying to put on a show with Slappy, with expected results. His dad tries to take Slappy away, and then Slappy hits him, jumps out of Ray's and runs right for the Christmas tree! Yes, on his own gets down and runs! In a room full of witnesses! How the HELL is Ray still getting the blame for this?! It's obvious he dove at Slappy to stop him (with the poor tree getting taken down in the process).
  • The scene with Slappy and the hedgeclippers. There was a garbage man nearby who apparently didn't notice the kids screaming and running from the possessed dummy wielding a dangerous weapon. Or the fact that the kids threw said dummy into his garbage truck to try to get rid of him.
  • The New Year's Eve party. Slappy crashes the party (in a basement, with a lot of paint cans against one wall, which contribute to the mess...) and a lot of kids step in to stop him. And NO ONE thinks to get the parents and show that they aren't responsible for this mess while Slappy's still up and walking? Or even to get video of a living dummy up and about, since this book takes place in modern day when a lot of kids have cell phones?
  • The ending. Ray reads the words that brought Slappy to life again to put him back to sleep. In the third book, this didn't work, and Slappy actually laughed in his owners' faces when they tried it. Aside from "new series, new continuity", why does this work now? This is especially frustrating when the Night of the Living Dummy books in both the original series and the 2000 books shared some semblance of continuity, despite being different series.
    • Also on this note, in the show, the words apparently mean, "You and I are one now." Which makes even less sense that this works.

The whole book runs on everyone but Slappy holding the Idiot Ball!