Episode 8 is now up!

Going into the recording session, Surge hadn’t quite figured out how he felt about Fear Street: Haunted. In fact, immediately after finishing the book, he ran downstairs and said something along the lines of “let’s record, I need to figure this out”. Anna was in the middle of the season 3 finale of Black Mirror but hey, you record when you have to.

What can be said about the book without spoiling too much? Well, we can say that our predictions were off. We can also say that numerology still seems to play a large role in the Fear Street books, if you know Mandarin and German. RL Stine, we’re on to you.

What can we say with tons of spoilers?  HOLY SHIT THERE’S A REAL GHOST ON FEAR STREET! This is what we’ve been waiting for!! Yeah.

What the main point of Haunted was though? Income and class disparity in Shadyside. We saw that a bit in Fear Street: The Sleepalker, with Mayra having to earn money to help the family out. But it’s clear as day here. Melissa comes from a very well to do family: both her parents are lawyers, she lives in a Victorian mansion, she gets a car for her birthday, and her family has a live in maid. Part of this book also takes place in the “poor” part of town, or the Old Village. RL Stine goes out of his way to describe the shabbiness of this part of town. The yards are more overgrown and smaller. The houses are falling apart. We enter Paul’s house and the contrast could not be more stark. Whereas Melissa has everything she could ever want in her room, Paul has a utilitarian room. A bed, a light, a counter built in to the wall, and a trashcan. Paul has grown up in an environment where he doesn’t always get what he wants, and he can see that there are people on the other side of town who don’t struggle the same way. And this rage boils within him and causes him to do some pretty awful things. But the thing is, the “rich” in the book doesn’t necessarily come off much better. Melissa’s friend makes fun of a less well to do girl in the mall who “dares” to be poor. However, because her dad grew up in poverty, he instilled values in Melissa to make sure it never went to her head. So Melissa stands up to her friend and lectures her about what she is saying. The thing is, the friend  didn’t really care despite Melissa’s best efforts.

RL Stine could be writing horror shlock to sell more books, but he chose to write about something more. This isn’t a book about being haunted by something. It’s a book about how much the environment we grow up in shapes and affects us. And even more importantly, how much we let it shape us.  Income inequality is an important topic, and for it to be a issue in a Fear Street book was a big deal.

Before our discussion on Fear Street:Haunted, Anna reviews We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. A new YA book that was recommended by booktuber ProblemsOfABookNerd.

Without further ado, check out Episode 08 – Fear Street 7: Haunted on Spreaker.

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Check out Episode 2 on Youtube!

The video for episode 2 is now up on Youtube. You might have heard us talk about The New Girl via audio, but do you want to hear us talk about it with visuals? No need to wait here it is, our second episode on Youtube.  Sometimes it’s nice to see what people are talking about when they’re talking about it. After all, it lets you get to know us a little more. We’re really proud of what we’ve done so far, and we hope you’ll give us a lsiten and watch.

Thanks!

PS: Cory and Lisa guys, Cory and Lisa.

Second episode up

Our second episode of RetRead Podcast is now up! We got together to discuss RL Stine’s The New Girl, the first book in the Fear Street series. To be honest, we didn’t know if there’d be much to talk about. As it turns out, we ended up discussing (or arguing) for almost an hour and a half. A good half hour of it was actually just the two of us debating the (im)possibilities of the Cory/Lisa relationship. Surge is a huge fan of the “girl next door” trope, while Anna is more of a realist. It got pretty heated. We did end up cutting a bit of it since you guys probably aren’t too interested in 2 people yelling at each other for 30 minutes. We are actually still arguing about it 4 days later. Let us know what you think in the comment section below!

Before we got into The New Girl, Anna reviewed Point of No Return by Martha Gellhorn and Night Shift by Stephen King.

Thanks for reading, give us a listen.

Listen to “Episode 02 – Fear Street 1: The New Girl” on Spreaker.