by R.L. Stine
Published: April 2nd 2013
The master of horror takes on the master of theater!
Get ready for laughter to turn into screams in R.L. Stine's re-imagining of Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Everyone knows that Mayhem Manor is cursed. After production on the horror film was stopped due to a series of mysterious deaths, it becomes a Hollywood legend-which makes it perfect for Claire and her family. If they can successfully finish the film, it should be enough to save their ailing movie studio.
Sure, the old haunted house is creepy, and strange stuff has been happening, but this is Claire's chance. Her chance to become the movie star she's always dreamed and her chance to finally convince her friend Jake that she is girlfriend material. Of course, the fact that Jake thinks he's in love with her best friend, Delia, who is crushing hard on Jake's friend Shawn, who insists on following Claire around, could be a problem, but Claire is sure she can figure it out. After all, the course of true love never did run smooth.
But once shooting starts, "creepy and strange" morphs into "bloody and deadly," as the lines between film and reality begin to blur...
Ok, I am sorry to all the R.L. Stine fans that I may offend, but I couldn't even get 10 pages into this book. The writing style was horrible. It felt like a children's book with a young adult content. Everything was just stated - nothing was observed or thought from a character's perspective.
I don't mind third person - it is very common for a book to be written in this format. But when there is a benevolent narrator he shouldn't be forming his own opinions, rather making note of the characters' opinions.
Overall, there was no emotion and no connection. It felt like I was reading an essay.