Authors Being Awesome: Suzanne Collins & R.L. Stine Edition

27 Apr

R.L. Stine was my jam when I was little. Between my brother and I, we probably have the entire Goosebumps series stowed away in a box in the attic. Grimm’s fairy tales were wildly popular with children because children are drawn to stories that elicit gut reactions – blood, guts, gore, horror, death. R.L. Stine capitalized on that for a new generation, and it was wonderful.

And, at this point, it’s unlikely that you don’t know who Suzanne Collins is. Three words: The Hunger Games. You know, that wildly successfully young adult trilogy turned wildly successful film franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence?

What do they have in common? They helped create a part of pop culture revered by teens and twenty-somethings everywhere. They wrote for 1990s Nickelodeon television shows!

R.L. Stine co-created and served as the head writer for Eureeka’s Castle. That theme song is burned into my brain for all eternity. It was a puppet show about a sorceress, and it co-stars Magellan, my second favorite dragon of all time (after Drogon in George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Fire and Ice series).

Suzanne Collins pretty much served as a staff writer for all things awesome – like Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. 

If you need to refresh your memory, check out the clips below. There’s naturally a lot of cross over between television and movie writers, and authors of traditional books. But I thought this connection was particularly cool.


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