Welcome to my Sundays in Bed with, a weekly meme hosted by Midnight Book Girl! This is a fun opportunity to spotlight the book I’m reading on the glorious day of the week.
This morning I’m reading: Red Rain by R.L. Stine
I have a soft spot in my heart for the mastermind behind the Fear Street series, which gave me delicious nightmares back in junior high when Nancy Drew Super Chiller mysteries were the only other “scary” titles in the young adult section. So despite the overwhelming number of one-star reviews, I decided to give this one a try. I mean, come on, how could I refuse a new title by my childhood idol?
As for the negative reviewers, I can totally understand their issues with the bland characters, stunted dialogue and horror movie clichés. Yes, the main characters are one-dimensional. And yes, the freaky twin thing has been done to death in movies like The Shining and Village of the Damned. But you know what, R.L.’s trademark cliffhangers at the end of each chapter keep me glued to the pages until the wee hours of the night.
Reading this book is a lot like watching a campy horror flick. Going into it, my expectations for character development are pretty low, but I still have a lot of fun with the thrill ride. Aside from some awkward sex scenes, this is pretty much a young adult book. So if you’re expecting a horror story on par with the likes of Stephen King and Dean Koontz, you’ll most likely be disappointed. This book isn’t scare per se, but it’s definitely entertaining!
3 thoughts on “Sundays in Bed with…Red Rain by R.L. Stine”
I went through a huge Fear Street phase. (The Cheerleaders series was my favorite in case you wanted to know). I’ve seen the bad reviews for it as well, but it’s so hard to stay away from favorite childhood authors. I will probably read this someday, but I agree that it’s all about your expectations going in! Have a good rest of the weekend!
Thanks, Kimberly! I totally remember the Cheerleaders series – LOL! If you’re a fan of his style, you’ll most likely enjoy Red Rain. Have a great weekend as well! 🙂
It sounds like R.L. Stine is a must read for you. I probably would have picked it up, too, if I were you. 🙂 I’ve been leery of reading another adult book from Stine after reading Superstitious. I think I had the wrong expectations at the time since it was his first adult book.