Do you remember the Point Horror Book Series from the 90’s? The Point Horror Series was a series of young adult point horror books and was launched in 1991 by Scholastic always with the Point Horror banner on the spine and on the top of every point horror book. There were a number of authors that wrote these books for Scholastic: R L Stine, Diane Hoh, Caroline B Cooney, Sinclair Smith to name but a few.
Are the Point Horror books we loved as a teenager still our favourites on the re-read? Are you new to Point Horror? Has our opinion changed? Are they still as good? Do they stand up to modern day YA Horror? Or are the a whole load of cray cray?
Lets find out…
Join in the discussion with this months title!
The Babysitter II by R L Stine
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** Please note that as this is a discussion there will be spoilers**
Knock, Knock, Who’s there?…Don’t ask!
Okay ….so…What’s It All About?
So Jenny Jeffers is back! In the sequel! Back with her wild imagination and her constant talking out loud to herself! And to be honest….very much the same Jenny as we met before! Jenny is seeing a shrink due to being so traumatised by previous events with Mr Hagen…. You would think after the Babysitter 1 she would look for a career change….but….well nope…good old Jenny goes back to the job that nearly got her killed and traumatised her for life…babysitting. But this time it will be different…a 10 year old can’t be that difficult to look after right? RIGHT?! WRONG!
“Is he some kind of monster or something?”
OMG! Yes! Eli is a nightmare not even dressed like a daydream as Taylor Swift would say! More on Eli later!
But that’s when the phone calls start!
Mysterious phone calls and strange goings on?
Yes! Someone is out to get Jenny…again! Who could it be?! With whispery phonecalls, dead trantulas, being chased around car parks, streets and the mall someone is out to get her? And they seem to know all of Mr Hagens old tricks….is Mr Hagen back from the dead and coming to get her?!
Dum Dum DUUUUUUMMMMMM!
“I’m not the same person”
This is a quote from the main lady herself Jenny! She hasn’t really changed …not really…she still talks to herself like all the time and runs from everything….well except the shrink whos ripping her off but more on that later.
Jenny also has an usual scream….
Yes this little cherub *coughs* gets a section alllll to himself!
With a goofy high pitched laugh, an IQ of over 180 that made poor old Jenny feel dumb, three tarantulas and a home made mobile phone Eli the tantrum throwing evil genius brat was something else!
In a kind of way I loved him as a character, but oh how I would have him constantly in the naughty corner if he was my child!
Also I think he actually fancied Jenny…calling her at home and hugging her a lot near the end of the book….this is NOT the Eli we came to hate during the course of the book! Look what love does to you Eli! Turns you normal! We want evil genius brat Eli back! In a weird kind of way….
That included fake blood and pretending to be dead to scare the babysitter after one of many strops and you know…just for a laugh like you do.
And don’t even get me started on his parents Mr and Mrs Wexner who let their 10 year old watch horror films for fun hoping that he will get blood and gore out of his system that way! Scenes of Eli enjoying the blood spattered murder scenes and laughing every time someone got killed! And not watching the end as he doesn’t like watching the bad guy get caught! OMG! What were they trying to raise!!! I’m actually horrified! *thinks of Damien from the Omen*
I did admire his love for Stephen King though! Credit where credit is due I guess!
The Love Interest
Oh dear…was he really a love interest? Cal? The Hawaiian shirt loving, scratched up Dodge Dart Car, scar on chin, I’m no good at anything but I secretly am really Cal!
Meeting in a mall over rap and pop-rock cassettes and chasing poor “everyones coming to get me” Jenny into a corner and then after two sentences and the promise of ice cream bagging a date with her! You gotta respect the boy! Well except his ideas of dates were not the best dates ever really were they….a dead party with lots of snogging couples and a beer keg, roller skating…swimming in the quarry, meeting Jenny by the dark and unlit clothing bins in a car park….one can only dream for such a romantic man….oh wait!
Whenever I think of Cal and Jenny this is who I kept picturing…I don’t even know why!? Help me!
Wrestler Chuck was back in the sequel with his goofy Huck Finn grin but after being dumped by Jenny was not taking it well at all …even wrestling poor Jenny to the floor! NO CHUCK! JUST NO!
New friends Rick, the good looking jock with curly black hair and a goofy smile and serious Claire who was very tall and thin who according to Jenny was not really pretty, but she would be one day (ouch! harsh! Jenny! Harsh!) were nice little stocking fillers of friends. Rick stole the limelight from Claire a lot with his failed attempt to snog Jenny and THAT tennis match! Rick Vs Cal…..Death by tennis ball! Ding Ding! Or maybe because his shorts were too tight?!
Then we have Dr Schindler….oh dear oh dear! I really started to wonder why Jenny kept going back to him. He spent more time looking at his watch with money signs in his eyes and telling Jenny she was basically crazy….but remember the word crazy is not allowed in his office! Jenny said herself that he made her feel worse after each session! WHY GO BACK JENNY!? WHY?! Especially with his expressionless face and sleeping pill pushing ways! *shudders*
Oh well I suppose we can forgive him really…after all as Jenny kept telling us he really didn’t look like a shrink (?!). Remember he was too handsome, too young, too tanned, too tall with wavy coppery hair, blond eyebrows and startling green eyes. Little bit picky don’t you think Jenny?! But rest assured he had the diplomas to prove he was the real thing!
Fashion Faux Pas
Tie Dye was all the rage in the 90’s – I loved my tie dye skirt and I’m so glad it made an appearance in this book with Jenny wearing a tye dyed tshirt that Mrs Gurney thought was very pretty. And we all now what Mrs Gurney finds pretty don’t we!
I loved the faded Bart Simpson t shirt and jean cuttoffs mentioned also.
I also loved how little bratt Eli wore a Turtle Power t shirt and green spandex cycle shorts! Not so badass now are you Eli? Eh?
I cannot begin to pass over this topic without mentioning good old Mrs Gurney and her….GLASSES! Yep bright red plastic framed glasses dotted with rhinestones! A must for anyone trying to attract a sexy shrink or turn into a psycho killer!
Is it me or did everyone else imagine Dame Edna Everage or was it just me?
And as for that picture of me circulating on twitter! Mrs Gurneys style glasses rule ok! Plus it was world book day so that’s my excuse!
Not so much a dialogue disaster but definitely a special mention and hats off to R L Stine for getting this classic point horror line in within the first 10 pages of the book!
“Then I heard the cracking sound his body made when it hit the rocks below” “I still hear that sound. Crack. Like an egg breaking”
Yep there it is…Point Horror book club member Billy will be happy 🙂
“Oh No! If we’re late Uncle Bill will take away my shoehorn!”
The end of the world for poor Rick! To live life with out a shoehorn! Oh the horror!
“Small puddles of water glistened across the pavement like hundreds of glowing eyes”
*cries for Mommy*
“I’m all alone, Jenny thought. I can do anything. I can dance, I can sing! The whole glowing fresh world is mine!”
You go Jenny! Dance like no ones watching!
“She wanted to make him bleed”
I give you two guesses as to who this is about!
0 – well except a dead tarantula I guess, but nope Stiney keeps the body count to zero!
Is it scary?
Hmmmm not reeeaaaalllyyy…well I didn’t think it was…but Stiney does a fab job of flesh corroding descriptions that make you look twice at that spag bol your about to eat!
Did the best friend do it?
Hurrah! No! Yay! But it was a tiney weeny bit guessable. Although I remember being shocked by the reveal as a teen! It was those glasses that gave it away! Tell tale sign! Although I really did want it to be Eli! Is that bad of me?
Some Mild Peril?
Meh? What mild peril when it’s quite amusing reading about Jenny running around arms flapping and her imagination running wild….surely comic genius!?
Is it any good?
Not the best point horror, but Eli stole the show for me! And again classic point horror and along the lines of urban myths of babysitters, phone calls and scares…what’s not to love!
Big shout out to the magazine to beat all magazines! Sassy Magazine! *checks on ebay…I have to have a copy!!!*
I want to remind you all of the description / vision Jenny had of Eli after meeting his parents but before meeting the little brat!
“She pictured a monster waiting for her at the top of the stairs, a short, hunched creature with bulging red eyes and an open, drooling mouth, giggling hideously to himself, waiting to pounce on her the second she came into view”
Enough said Jenny! Respect! For once your imagination was so spot on!
ELI = DAMIEN!
Over to you!
As well as your thoughts on the book here are some questions to consider.
- Your thoughts on Eli? What will he grow up to be?
- Is the Babysitter II a worthy sequel?
- Team Rick or Team Cal?
- Describe your ideal glasses to beat Mrs Gurney’s!
- Would you employ Jenny?
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See you at #pointhorrorbookclub on 13th April 2015 !
As well as the book club we hopefully will have a point horror style guest post from fab author Lou Morgan about her love for all things point horror! Yay!
Vote for the next #pointhorrorbookclub read here – what will you pick?
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The next read will be announced on the #pointhorrorbookclub page here and on twitter using the hashtag #pointhorrorbookclub on the 17th March 2015!
Thanks for joining and don’t answer the phone it may be Eli! *evil laugh*