Will a ‘Goosebumps’ movie scare up the books’ audience? – Los Angeles Times

There was a time when the idea of a movie based on the “Goosebumps” series of books would have seemed as natural as a Harry Potter visit to the wand shop.

“Goosebumps,” after all, had turned scores of pre-teens into obsessive readers with its mix of laughs and light scares. So popular was R.L. Stine’s anthology series — a seeming never-ending carousel of kid heroes and colorful monsters — that for several years the books tallied more than $100 million in annual revenue for publisher Scholastic and made Stine the top-selling author in the country. If you hadn’t kept up to date on the latest “Goosebumps,” you might as well just pack up and leave the fifth grade.

That time, alas, was nearly 20 years ago. The original series ceased publication in 1997, and though a number of spinoff lines followed, the books’ popularity would never achieve those heights again.