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  • >I have three basic rules for reading and reviewing books by R. L. Stine:

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    2. Do not look for literary elements.


    You wrote this in your Goosebumps page. But what do you mean? Like, why's that a rule?

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    • Hey, Monster!

      So, I’m an English major. I intend to teach middle School English. I analyze literature regularly leisurely, at school, and professionally. I look for literary elements naturally when I read.

      As much as I love Goosebumps, I recognize they are flawed (some heavily-flawed); those entries in the series that aren’t flawed surprise me in a good way. Because of this, I don’t want to compare Goosebumps or hold Goosebumps to the same standards I do other books, because it would ruin my enjoyment of them.

      I hope that makes sense and doesn’t seem like I’m being overly critical of the series. Like I said, I love this series. Troy Steele at Blogger Beware heavily criticized the books because he held them to the same standards as other books. I recognize my love for this series is fueled by nostalgia and I’m going into the series again knowing and accepting from the beginning that they are flawed. That’s the difference, and it’s why I wrote that rule for myself.

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    • >I look for literary elements naturally when I read.

      So do I (although I still don't know that much about literature XD).

      >Troy Steele at Blogger Beware heavily criticized the books because he held them to the same standards as other books.

      Yeah, I noticed that too. But sometimes I have to agree with him, for example with his review for Bad Hare Day (just like I agree with your review for The Barking Ghost).

      >That’s the difference, and it’s why I wrote that rule for myself.

      Got it. Thank you!

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    • That's great, man! It will really help you later on in Literature courses.

      I usually look for things like symbols, figures of speech, character archetypes, foreshadowing, plot structure... You will get better at it the more you do it. 

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    • >It will really help you later on in Literature courses.

      I really hope so!

      Thanks, Todd!

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