Drinking With Goosebumps is a Video Review Show on the Squidjib channel on YouTube. It focuses on reviewings of books from the Goosebumps franchise. It centers on Jason, Bob, and Nednote as they drink alcohol while discussing a ''Goosebumps'' book they're reviewing per episode.
They look out for recurring themes found throughout the series as part of their drinking. Whenever they come across one, they take a "shot" of the alcohol they're drinking, which is different in every episode. They also react to any corresponding episodes to the books. After they are done reviewing the book, each of them gives a score for the book, which can range from 0 to 10. After giving their scores, they add them up and divide by three, so the average of their scores equals their overall scores.
The series premiered on Halloween Eve, 2013, to a growing following. It used to have a consistent schedule with releases of episodes monthly, but has grown to have a major Schedule Slip to the point that it would be lucky if the channel released an episode every few months.
Tropes that are prevalent in the series:
- April Fools' Plot: Whenever April 1st arrives, the channel will release a video of their "review" of the next book to be reviewed, which is actually a reviewing of a different nostalgic media of which the trio grew up with. The screenshot for each video contains an image of the book's cover with inverted colors to indicate that it's part of a joke. It's only after the video is released until later in April that they release the actual review for the book.
- Bad People Abuse Animals: This trope is one of the rules in the game. Whenever the trio come across an instance of animal cruelty in the books, they take a shot.
- Butt-Monkey: Jason is often used for target practice with jokes by Bob and Ned as part of the channel's humor. Not that he seems to mind.
- Nice Mean And In Between: Jason is the Nice, Bob is the Mean, and Ned is the In-Between. Jason is usually respectful and understanding when it comes to treating other people and reviewing the books, Bob is very raunchy and obnoxious and has never given any of the books a 10, and Ned can be a little polite but also apathetic towards the books and Jason.
- Variations on a Theme Song: The theme tune for this channel is similar to the tune that is used in the television series, only this melody is played on electric guitar instead of piano.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Given how much the trio squabble (especially when Jason is involved), it's a wonder how they can live with each other.
- Wheel of Decisions: Later on in the series, the trio introduced a wheel that would decide how the players would get their shots. The wheel has 4 slots, with three of the slots containing the names of each player, with the fourth slot choosing ALL the players. If the wheel is spun and the arrow lands on the name of one player, that player has to take a shot. If the arrow lands on the fourth slot, ALL of the players have to take a shot.
Tropes that are found in the series:
- Actually Pretty Funny: Despite hating Legend of the Lost Legend, Bob claims that the only part of the book that he thought was hilarious was when Luka is asked if the forest is actually magical, and he replies that only the parts that were fake. Bob says that this is the only reason why he isn't giving the book a 0 out of 10 rating.
- Bathtub Bonding: The start of their review on How I Got My Shrunken Head shows Bob and Ned sharing a bath together while reading the book.
- Blowing a Raspberry: After finishing off the review of You Can't Scare Me!, Bob indicates how he felt about the book by doing this trope while he does a "thumbs down" hand gesture. And as the episode transitions, he is shown to still be doing it to signify how bad he believes it is.
- Girl on Girl Is Hot: In their review of Be Careful What You Wish For, upon bringing up Judith's new intense interest in Samantha because of the third wish, Jason and Bob discuss how they really wanted the two girls to have an intimate scene together because of this trope. Ned is noticeably very silent.
- Hurricane of Puns: To close off their review of Why I'm Afraid of Bees, the three of course start making plenty of bee puns.
- Insult to Rocks: When getting into reviewing the episode adaptation of You Can't Scare Me!, Bob groans, as he already hated the book. Jason points out that it could have improved upon the book, to which Bob counters that this wouldn't be hard to do, as he could wipe the book on his butt and smear it with his poop, and that would be an improvement on the book.
- Number of the Beast: After the boys give their scores of A Shocker On Shock Street, the average of their scores shows it to be 66.6%, with additions of a clip from the episode of the main characters screaming, flames accumulated around the screen, and the number underlines in red font. However, the average score itself is not accurate as the last digit before would be a 6 which would round to the next number. Therefore, the average score should by 66.7%.
- Overly-Long Gag: To emphasize how uncomfortable the scene in My Hairiest Adventure of Larry and his friends putting the INSTA-TAN on their bodies is to the guys, Bob pretends to take a goop of the skin lotion and smear it all over Jason's face. This goes on for around 20 seconds.Jason: (while getting his face rubbed on) Why is this still going on?
- Redheads Are Uncool: Bob speculates in the series review for The Horror at Camp Jellyjam that the reason Wendy doesn't initially trust Alicia with her warnings is because Alicia is a ginger, and gingers aren't cool. The video then briefly cuts to a clip of Rupert Grint crying.