So the other day I was browsing Reddit before bed on my phone, and I noticed that RL Stine, the master of teenage suspense, was doing an Ask Me Anything (or AMA). If you’re unfamiliar with a Reddit AMA, basically celebrities (or people who you are interested in hearing things about), reply to your comments and answer your questions.
Usually I am just a Reddit lurker. I have a username but I’m never signed in. I just like to look at cat gifs. And also creep myself out in the r/LetsNotMeet, r/TheTruthIsHere and the r/Glitch_in_the_Matrix sections. But RL Stine’s AMA lured me into signing in.
I LOVE RL Stine. If you don’t know who RL Stine is, well I am sorry for your childhood. He is on par with Christopher Pike as my favourite young adult mystery author and I grew up reading them both. I would say RL Stine has had a pretty big impact on my life and his Fear Street series will always hold a special place in my heart.
Goosebumps didn’t have the same allure, as I was a bit too old for Goosebumps when they become popular and I had already read the Fear Street series. Though I do remember seriously impressing the kids I was babysitting one day because I could finish a Goosebumps book in half an hour (don’t be impressed with my speed reading, it took me the entire summer to read the first Game of Thrones book).
So I love RL Stine, and I still have my collection.
And his AMA came at a good time because I had a burning question for RL Stine that I needed answered. Why are all the ladies in the Fear Street series wearing skintight catsuits? I am using RL Stine’s word for this, not mine. He referred to them as catsuits. And I don’t mean cat costumes, I mean basically a skintight unitard. And they wore these just for hanging around, with a scrunchie in their hair and leg warmers on their ankles (those things I get). I just found this interesting when I was reading his books and all these girls were hanging around in these catsuits…because who wears catsuits? I don’t wear catsuits. Was this an early 80s thing that I missed out on? I don’t know, but I need answers.
So I logged into Reddit and posted my question to RL Stine re: catsuits. The first comment I have ever made on Reddit, so this will tell you how important it was to me. But by this time there were already 5,000 comments, so of course mine immediately got buried. Very disappointing. I may never know what the thing was with the catsuits.
But I do know that RL Stine has Twitter.
I kind of wish it was my job to terrify kids. I may have to change career paths…
I have been following him for quite some time. So I decide that, you know, I’m not going to ask my question, but I’m going to get his attention.
So I used a line from his book, a Fear Street book (I can’t remember which one), but it is one that I have always remembered.
@RL_Stine she picked up the phone and it EXPLODED IN HER HAND. [chapter ends] It took her a moment to realize the phone was just ringing.
— Lindsey Evanoff (@happyorhungry) October 24, 2013
Well guess what.
He replied. Not only did he reply, but he said I made him laugh AND HE SAID MY NAME.
In hindsight I should have jumped on this opportunity and asked about the catsuits, but I was too excited. I nearly screamed at my desk.
So that’s it for me. I win the internet this week. Have a great weekend!