‘A Midsummer Night’s Scream’ by R.L. Stine Book Review

Before I even started this book, I had seen pretty low ratings for it so my expectations weren’t very high to begin with. I think the series ‘Goosebumps’ by R.L. Stine are what motivated me to pick this up. I’ve always been a fan of those stories but ‘A Midsummer Night’s Scream’ didn’t quite gravitate to those levels for me.

It was also a pretty bold move of the author to use a classic piece of literature from Shakespeare as the backbone of this story. Bold move, poorly executed. I literally can’t find the connection to the Shakespeare masterpiece. If the author tried, I missed it.

Three young actors lost their lives during shooting of a scary movie. Production stopped and the unfinished film and set were claimed to be cursed and nobody finished the movie. Until sixty years later. Four young actors are in the new film, a remake of the “cursed” original. At first, everyone brushes off the rumors that the set is cursed until things go horrifyingly wrong.

The book had a few silly moments, some well-put-together gore scenes and a few laughs. The romantic sub-plot, I could have done without. The shallow characters weren’t easy to connect with.

It was a quick and easy read and an optimal option for something light and incredibly silly. 15 pages in I couldn’t believe how bad this book was but that’s why I was determined to finish it. Save yourself some time and read something else. Or if you’re dying to see why it’s so bad, give it a shot. You can read it in one sitting, it’s that elementary.

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