GREG BANKS' BIOEdit
NAME: Gregory Banks
Age: Teenager (age unspecified)( 12 in the book)
Hair color: Blonde
Skin Color: Caucasian
Size: Athletic (maybe a tad scrawny)
He appears in the Goosebumps novel and TV episode "Say Cheese and Die!" and in the sequel "Say Cheese and Die... Again!"
THE WEIGHT GAIN( in the episode)
Greg is failing a report for Mr. Saur's class: his project had to be about true events that happened in his life. So at first, he wrote a report about his supernatural adventure with the evil camera he found the year before. (For those who don't know, when someone takes a picture of someone else with the evil camera, it shows something horrible happening to the person in the picture, which is what will occur in the future.) Greg is failing is because Mr. Saur doesn't believe his tale, so Greg comes up with a plan: he'll steal the camera from where he and his friend Shari left it the first time and take it to class the next day to prove the camera is real, and he does just that.
The next day Shari finds out that he went back and got the camera, and she wants him to dispose of it before anything happens. Greg is defiant because he doesn't want to fail. They fight over the camera and in the struggle, the camera takes a picture of Shari. Shari is scared, wondering what will happen to her because the last time this happened, she disappeared and she does not want it to happen again. The picture comes out as a negative of Shari so this makes Greg think the camera is broken, so just for giggles, Shari takes a picture of Greg saying, "If it's broken, you wouldn't mind me taking your picture." Greg's picture shows him about 400 pounds fatter (or that's how he describes it in the book, though in the photo it seems more like 200 pounds). Greg then brings up the question of "What if it's not broken and they start changing?"
Later that night, Greg inspects himself in the mirror. He pulls up his shirt and sticks out his stomach, thinking, "Anyone can stick their stomach out. That's normal. Everything's gonna be ok." But when Greg wakes up, his pajamas rip and his body seems bigger. He looks in the mirror and sees to his horror that he has become massively fat. He grapes last his pillow of a belly, his baseballs for cheeks and a chin and his sausages for hands. Greg looked like a balloon. Shari calls and tries to talk to him, but he's interrupted by his mom yelling he's going to be late for school. Greg tries on a bunch of clothes and none of them fit, but in the end, he gives up and puts on a large outfit. When he enters his class, he is welcomed with laughs and snickering from the group and even Mr. Saur doesn't recognize him. When he finally does, Saur thinks that Greg is just wearing a "grotesque costume" with padding. Saur pulls up Greg's shirt and tells him to get rid of the "padding", but Greg really is fat as his belly button has become deeper. Saur dismisses this, and also believes that the camera is a fake because of its weird design. When Greg gets into his chair, he tries to get comfortable. But he then gets so fat the chair can't support him under his massive body. Greg falls as the chair collapsed and he leaves the room out of embarrassment.
When he gets home, the door bell rings and when Greg goes to answer, he has gained even more weight, so the water in his fish bowl ripples when he walks. When he answers the door, Shari is there, but she is so much thinner. She explains that she eats constantly, but nothing fills her up and she weighs ten pounds less than she did a couple hours ago. They realize that if Greg gets too fat, he will explode and Shari will vanish if she grows too thin. Greg thinks that maybe if they took another picture, it'll turn out normal. Then Shari gets a weak feeling and she drops her things, moaning in pain. Greg notices this, and then he grows fatter until he is too big for his outfit and his belly is exposed. They try Greg's plan, but it completely backfires because in the new picture, Greg looks ten times fatter. He instantly gains even more weight to the point where he spawns some extra chins, his belly grows to a massive size and his thighs begin to expand to the point he could barely lift them. Shari says that they need to think positive, which gives Greg an idea.
The next day, they go to where Greg's big brother Terry works (which is where pictures are developed). There, they ask him to make Shari's picture (a negative) a positive and make Greg's picture (a positive) a negative. By now, Greg is so fat and obese that his jeans are too tight and he has to wear an extra-large jacket to cover his massive belly, which bulged nearly to the ground. Seeing their distress, Terry agrees to help. As he works, Greg and Shari sit in the back of the workplace, moaning in agony as they are still undergoing the transformations. Greg calls for his brother Terry to hurry up, but it becomes too much for them. Greg becomes even more morbidly obese and his jeans rip as his thighs expand. His belly grows larger and nearly bursts out of his jacket. Even his sneakers begin to rip. Shari withers to almost a skeleton, but at the last moment, they are returned to normal.
THE WEIGHT GAIN (in the book)
The plot of the book is almost the same. Greg is failing his report assignment because Mr. Saur does not believe his tale, so he goes to the old house where the evil camera lies and steals it. Shari finds him with it and in they struggle, resulting with the camera taking the pictures of each of them. The picture shows Greg extremely and morbidly obese( with eight chins, a round and Blobby face and a gigantic stomach hanging over his fat knees) or in short looking like a gross mountain of pudding. However, in the book, Greg's weight gain occurs differently. He starts becoming heavier, resulting in the tires on his bike popping, but his worries are not piqued just yet. Then when Greg wakes up one morning, all the buttons on his pajama shirt burst off, his sleeves ripped at the shoulder and his pajama pants ripped. Upon looking in the mirror, Greg looks just a little chubby, with rounder cheeks and wider shoulders. When he comes to school, Mr. Saur initially dismisses his claims about the evil camera and mocks his newly added weight, but he allows Greg one minute to give his report.
When Greg tries to get out of his seat, he has become very fat and he is wedged between his chair and his desk with a giant stomach. Greg realizes that he must've put on a hundred pounds while he was sitting in his chair. When he manages to get out, he tries giving his report and shows Mr. Saur the picture of Jon with the nail through his foot, but his hands were too fat and puffy and almost couldn't get it out and Mr. Saur dismisses everything and still fails him. Greg angrily leaves the classroom, and he finds that he can only waddle now. He meets Shari and finds that she is constantly growing thinner due to the picture the evil camera snapped of her. When Greg helps pick up Shari's books, his pants burst open at the back with a loud RIP!!! Meanwhile, Greg continues to grow fatter and fatter by the minute, encountering one problem after another. At recess baseball, Greg's shirt is way too small for his enormous belly and his jeans are like tights on his bulky legs. When he manages to hit the ball, Greg runs for second base, huffing and puffing, out of breath, reaches second base but falls to the ground and can't get up.
When Greg gets home, he comes back even fatter than before, with sweat rolling down on his round cheeks and chins. His stomach is so big his shirt ripped, his jeans were torn and even his sneakers pinched his feet. He tries on his baggy shorts but finds that he is too big for them now. About now nothing could fit him. By evening, Greg becomes so fat that he can barely walk. He has extra chins, he can barely lift his legs, and his gigantic belly jiggles with every move. His parents think that Greg's weight gain is due to an allergic reaction and Greg can't convince them otherwise. Greg would waddle out of the room as his parents would argue with his big stomach bouncing out of the room ahead of him. No doctor could slim him down, no diet would work. The next morning, Greg begged and pleaded on his fat knees to plead to his parents not to got to school looking like the fat ball he was now, very unsuccessfully. Greg, somewhat eager to get to school tries to get into their parent's car, a Honda civic but finds that he's too fat to fit into the car and even his dad's baggy running suit won't fit over his massive and blobby body. He thought as cars passed him a as he walked school that people would laughed at him as a" giant mound of Jell-O". At school, he's shown to have become so fat he could barely fit through the door, so he had squeeze through the door. Nobody seemed to mock him, they saw that something was Wong with Greg. Later, Mr. Saur constantly mocks and bullies Greg for his startling weight gain, eventually sending him to the nurse to discuss the four food groups, thinking he was eating too much of all four. By that time, Greg has to lift his gigantic, flabby belly to fit through the doorway. He meets Shari, who is even thinner and they realize that the evil camera's photos have caused Shari to shrink away and for Greg to bloat up like a balloon and have cursed them.
After school, Greg's father picks Greg up in a rental van so he can take him to see Dr. Weiss about his weight gain. He rented the Van seeing as Greg was too big for the car and his dad also helped squeeze Greg into the Van. Greg was so massive his body took up the entire backseat, even the seatbelt can't stretch over his huge belly. The car, since Greg was so big, heavy and fat, couldn't pick up the speed. But Greg continues to grow fatter and fatter as this causes problems in the doctor's office: he is so heavy that the scale can't read his weight and Dr. Weiss' stethoscope gets stuck in Greg's chest flab. That evening, Greg, after trying to dial Shari's house phone number( since his finger was so fat that it hit two buttons at once) called Shari and planned to come over with the camera, hoping that another photo will reverse the transformations. Greg thought as he huffed and puffed just to pick up the camera," if I get any fatter, I will explode". Greg tucked the camera under his massive arm flab. Greg's mother, as greg goes out the door, asked him to get umbrella for it was raining. The only thing was that greg was so massive that even an umbrella wouldn't cover all of him. Jon catches sight of Greg, who tries to back up back into the house. But he was too fat and heavy to move back, and Jon caught him.
Jon asked greg where greg was, apparently since Greg was so fat and enormous that Jon didn't know it was Greg. Greg lies to Jon to escape unsuccessfully and picks the camera up from the porch hidden behind his massive body.When he comes over, Shari, even skinnier than before, was astonished to see the massive blob that was Greg as Greg was to see the mop that was Shari. Greg apparently was so fat that when he sat on Shari's bed, it collapsed under his massive and immobile weight. Greg couldn't even get up on his feet. They try Greg's plan, but after the photo is taken, the photo shows Greg is even fatter than before and now his skin is cracking off. Greg screamed in horror to see him even fatter than before and his skin all itchy and chipping off, to Shari's disgust. Greg suggested taking Shari's picturing believing she would have better luck, to Shari's disagreement. Greg, growing even fatter, tries to scratch his neck, but his arms were so fat he could barely lift his gigantic and flabby arms. Then Shari tells them to "think positive" and Greg has the idea to go to Terry.
They visit Greg's brother, Terry, at the photo store. Greg growing even fatter, had to stop to catch his breath every few steps, holding onto Shari to keep her from being blown in the wind. It took them both more than an hour to get there. Terry at first didn't recognize Greg, forgetting Greg put on more than four hundred pounds in the past few days. Greg asked Terry to reverse the photos before it's too late, and Terry agrees to try. As half an hour passed Greg wanted to sit down but did he did it would break and he would never get back up. Carrying so much weight made Greg's feet hurt. Greg knew that if nothing happened, in a few hours he would be too heavy to walk and would need two wheelbarrows to get around. Greg even fatter and Shari even thinner than when they came in, saw that their pictures were indeed reversed. But it didn't seem like anything was happening. Greg and Shari looked at each other believing that they were doomed. Not much was known after this...
The next morning, Greg and Shari are returned to normal and are relieved to be free of the curse. Greg was happy to see his trim and somewhat scrawny body again( no more sagging sacks of flab on his face and no bulging balloon for a belly). Mr. Saur still hasn't changed his opinion and won't raise Greg's grade. But this time, Greg gets his revenge by having Mr. Saur take a picture of the whole class.