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The Books

  • The Masked Mutant posing as a young girl for Skipper to befriend. Keep in mind, he can shapeshift into anything and anyone he wants. Out of all the options he had, why a teenage girl?
  • Apparently Egg Monsters from Mars didn't quite make it past the radar completely unscathed, but didn't seem like it had to change much either. The book comes off instead like a very thinly veiled analogy for female puberty, especially menstruation, and it seems all the radar made them do was change the protagonist from a girl to a boy, apparently not even changing their name (boys named Dana aren't unheard of, but it's still far more commonly a girl's name). It includes scenes of the protagonist covered in egg monsters and even laying an egg at the end.
  • The cover alone for My Hairiest Adventure (book #26) is just ripe for sarcastic, immature book bloggers to make jokes about the myth that masturbation causes hairy palms.
    • My Hairiest Adventure also seems a heck of a lot like a metaphor for puberty — he's getting weird dark hair everywhere, it grows back after he tries to shave it off...It turns out that he's actually a dog, and the serum he had to be injected with was a failed experiment in turning dogs into children.
      • It just can't be an unfortunate coincidence that the Doctor's name is Doctor Murkin, now can it?
    • Naturally, this was brought up on his 2016 AMA on Reddit. What was his response? "Maybe."
  • Ghost Camp (a Spiritual Successor of Ghost Beach) has a passage about the male character Harry meeting a cute girl named Lucy and is impressed by how Lucy can eat a hot dog in just one gulp.
    • Then, there's the sequence where Lucy reveals to Harry that everyone in camp is a ghost and the only way to escape is to get inside a human body. The subtext of that sequence plays out like Harry is being raped.
    • And, on the non-sexual side of Getting Crap Past the Radar, Ghost Camp had a lot of scenes of kids doing violent things and not getting hurt (i.e., Lucy sticking her arm in a fire to get Harry's fallen hot dog, a girl getting decapitated by a soccer ball, a boy jamming a fork in his neck, Lucy pretending to drown to scare Harry, and a boy's foot getting impaled by a tent stake).
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  • Another non-sexual example: in Why I'm Afraid Of Bees, Gary (after being turned into a bee) is at one point tempted to sting his neighbor, but refrains because bees die after using their stingers. But his life is so miserable, and his neighbor is such a despicable Smug Snake that committing suicide almost seems worth it for a second.
  • If an older audience reads "Piano Lessons Can Be Murder," Dr Shreek can easily come off as a pedophile (and the TV version of the episode does nothing to tone it down).
  • Ricky's revenge plot against resident Alpha Bitch Tasha in Calling All Creeps! is more or less the same idea as writing "For a good time, call..." on the bathroom wall.
    • RL Stine has said that it was indeed inspired by something like that which happened in College.
    • The TV adaptation has this line from a female Creep member, when the Creeps phone Ricky: "We're ready to plant the seeds."
  • The last leg of Be Careful What You Wish For puts in as much Les Yay as you can get away with in a 90's children's book. After Samantha wishes for Judith to become her friend, the latter instead develops what appears to be an...unhealthy obsession for her. Judith carries Sam's books, wears the same clothes as her, waits by her house in the morning just so she can walk to school with her, and sneaks into her room during the night.
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  • The blogs Blogger Beware and The Low-Rent Library (the latter of which is defunct) have posts about Goosebumps' unintentional innuendo that somehow made it past the editors and wasn't brought to the attention of Moral Guardians who found the book series more controversial — because those poor children were always being attacked by monsters, witches, aliens, ghosts, vampires, and all matters of freaky and bizarre things!
  • Read Monster Blood (the first one) as an adult (or post-adolescent with an immature sense of humor) and look for the implications of puberty (the constant references to "growing" and "feeling something weird and sticky" while Evan sleeps), masturbation (one scene had Evan trapped in a bathtub of Monster Blood and the way his struggle to get out of the tub was written, it sounded like Evan was on A Date with Rosie Palms), and Unresolved Sexual Tension between Evan and Andy (who's a girl).
  • Also read Stay Out of the Basement, where most of the lines (when taken out of context) allude to being "in the closet," being "out of the closet," "going down there" (referring to the basement), "experimenting," and fights over paternity (the clones of Dr. Brewster arguing amongst themselves over who's Margaret and Casey's real father).
  • Recurring antagonist Slappy, the evil ventriloquist dummy, hits and attempts to enslave children in all of his appearances and seems to have a weird thing about twelve-year-old girls.

The TV Series

  • In The Haunted Mask II, the mask — riding around in the body of the elderly shopkeeper — looks at Steve — a preteen — and says, "Groveling. I like that in a boy."
  • Vampire Breath sees Count Nightwing contemplating whether to feed on Freddy or Cara, which has more than a few pedophiliac undertones.
    Nightwing: Where to begin? Boys have such a hearty, robust flavor. Rich and satisfying. On the other hand, girls offer such a sweet, delicate bouquet. So refreshing.

The Movie

  • In the 2015 film, when two officers inquire about the scream heard from Stine's home and he shows them a giant surround sound TV, he says "I wasn't aware being an audiophile was against the law.", to which Officer Stevens angrily screams, "a WHAT-o-phile?!" and has to be calmed down and corrected.


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