Pike Vs. Stine
Contemplating young adult horror fiction
In 4th grade I found the "Sweet Vally High" and "Babysitters Club" series repulsive. Once my mom read the end of "Double Love" to me out loud. Hearing the young adult prose detailing a high school kiss scenario was embarrassing, and I never again read any of those girl books. Luckily I found R.L. Stine's "Fear Street" series, which I read avidly through grades 5 and 6. When I ran out of those I turned to Christopher Pike. Pike was pretty different from Stine. His characters had sex and drank alcohol, while Stine's just kissed and found themselves in frightful situations. Pike's novels also meandered beyond paranormal topics and into sci-fi, while Stine's were pretty predictable--murder and ghosts. On the other hand, Stine's cover art was always exciting, though Pike's was always a little creepier, less cartoonish. Anyway, enough comparisons between basically the same author. What did you read as a young adult?