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)Edit
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)Edit
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 afterschool baseball, Greg's shirt is now ten times too small for his enormous belly and his jeans are like tights on his bulky legs. As Greg tries to trot to first base, everyone makes sumo jokes about him. But Greg continues to fatten up. When he manages to hit the ball, Greg runs for second base, out of breath, reaches second base but falls to the ground on his back. He was pinned to the ground and can't get up. He tried rolling and rocking back and forth but then called his friends for help.
When Greg gets home, he comes back even bigger than before, with sweat rolling down on his round cheeks and chins. His stomach is so huge and massive that his shirt is pushing against Greg's skin. With a strainfull breath, Greg begins to pack on more pounds. As he grew fatter, his shirt buttons popped off one by one. His shirt rips releasing his massive belly and making his body wobble. His jeans also rip leaving him in nothing but his underwear. But he can barely see his underwear, hidden under his flab. He waddles over to his clothes drawer in attempt to put on some baggy shorts. Desperate to get comfortable, He tries on his baggy shorts struggling and straining to put them on, but finds that in horror that he is now 10 times too big for them.
By evening, Greg becomes so huge 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 extreme weight gain is due to an allergic reaction and Greg couldn'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 fatter 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 all he could wear was his dad's baggy running suit, which was 10 times too tight for him. 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 his huge butt even bigger stomach through through the front door as kids stared at him. Nobody seemed to mock him, they saw that something was Wrong 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 cursed them and caused Shari to shrink away like a frail lemon and for Greg to bloat up like a massive balloon
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 flabby massive his body took up the entire backseat, even the seatbelt can't stretch over his flabby and huge belly. They slowly drove to the hospital across town. 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. In fact as his mouth was agape with surprise one of his chins touched his flabby chest. 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. Shari lead Greg to her room as she helps squeeze Greg through the door. Greg groaned as he saddled after Shari to her room. Greg became 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 epsecially with his legs buried under his massive belly. Greg unhappily says that if he gets any bigger, he would never get out of Shari's house again. Greg, eagerly waits for his picture( hoping for it to show him skinny) to be taken, but he's too fat to cross his fingers.
They try Greg's plan, but after the photo is taken, the photo shows Greg is 10 times fatter than before and now his skin is cracking off. Greg cried with 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 groaned as he grew higher and wider. He expanded quicker and nearly tore out of his clothes. Shari stared with her mouth agape in horror as her friend grew bigger. Greg, growing even fatter, tries to scratch his neck, but his arms were so fat and puffy he could barely lift his gigantic and flabby arms. Shari's smashed bed sinks deeper and creaks under Greg's massive butt, which was growing fatter. Greg's massive belly expands to the point where his shirt nearly tore apart. Greg tried to kick and wriggle his expanding legs unsuccessfully as they slowly began to disappear under his expanding and massive belly. His shoes began to shrink tighter and smaller on his expanding legs as his fat feet would tear and rip through his shoes. His clothes fit like tights on Greg in those seconds and like chokers for his huge and puffy legs. His fingers began to shape in fat marshmallows as he continued to get fatter, his thumb into a fat ball. Greg's shirt collar disappeared under his expanding, blobby chins. He began to see less as his cheeks grew puffier and rounder and his chins multiplied. Buttons popped off his clothes more than ever. His dad's suit grows tight and groaned as it began to give up on Greg's massive body. Shari groans with strain as she tries to yank an immobile Greg onto his feet. As she pulled, Greg's shirt burst into two, releasing his bags of chest flab and his huge, gigantic belly. Greg's massive flabby belly burst out of his shirt and onto Shari sending her crashing into the wall. Shari, in pain, tells them to "think positive" and Greg has the idea to go to Terry. His shirt sleeves creaked as greg continues to expand. His pants also creaked as he grew larger.
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. Also, Greg's legs could barely move nor be seen behind his enormous belly and massive butt. Greg's massive belly would bounce as he gained more and more stones. It was only eight blocks away but it took them both more than an hour to get there. Including Greg having to squeeze through the front door of the Photoshop. Terry at first didn't recognize Greg, forgetting Greg put on more than 950 pounds in the past few days. Greg asked Terry to reverse the photos before it's too late, and offers allowance in advance. Greg groans as he continues grow fatter at 1100 pounds. With this Terry agrees to try. Greg packed on stones as this followed. He became so fat he could not even see the floor nor anything past his huge and massive belly. As half an hour passed Greg wanted to sit down but if he did he did it would break and he would never get back up. Carrying so much weight made Greg's feet hurt. Greg groaned as his clothes slowly shrank and squeezed his flabby body. 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. Everyone stared at Greg for the past half hour. As for Greg, he still was getting bigger. Greg was nearly 1950 pounds heavy when he and Shari, saw that their pictures were indeed reversed. Greg stared at a shrimpy and boney Shari who stares as a massive flabby Greg. Greg saw Shari was even skinnier that before. As Shari saw that Greg was even fatter than he was before he left her house.
His cheeks were puffed up until his eyes looks like pig eyes. Greg groaned as he tried to lift his short and flabby legs out of the store. The earth shook as Greg waddled heavily on his short, bulky and massive legs, hidden under his gargantuan, flabby belly. His belly was so massive that no shirt in the world could contain any of it. His shirt and his pants began to rip as he continued.His shoes tore off in the process releasing his blubbery ankles. His massive, gargantuan belly bounced and wobbled as he waddled. He squeezed pushed and pulled as he tried to squeeze his massive flab through the door. Greg's chins touched his chest, with bulged down to his stomach which bulged to the ground leaving only his shoes to be seen. Greg can't even get up on his feet. Greg was out of breath by the time they got out of the Photoshop. Greg leaned against the wall and in turn, his chins touched his flabby chest. For half an hour Greg and Shari waited to change but it didn't seem like anything was happening. Greg moaned as he grew even fatter leaving him in nothing but his underwear. Greg stared at himself from his big blobby face to his humongous balloon body. 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.
His weight( in the book only)Edit
- At the beginning, he was 90 pounds normal weight
- Later he was little heavier, at least 105 resulting in his bike tires popping
- Later he woke up a little chubby, with rounder cheeks, broader shoulders and a little extra stomach, at at least 145 pounds
- At the desk, he was so fat he couldn't get out of his chair with a big belly and fat fingers, at 201 pounds
- At baseball Greg was huge with his shirt ten times too small for his enormous belly and bulky legs that were impossible to run with, at 275 pounds
- When Greg's clothes ripped off of him he was massive at 293 pounds
- In the evening, Greg was so fat he could barely walk, with a huge belly, extra chins and fat legs, at 317 pounds
- The next morning, Greg is even fatter than the evening, at 377 pounds
- After school, Greg is enormous with a gigantic belly, blobby and flabby face and immobile legs, all at 455 pounds
- Later in the evening, Greg when contacting Shari, became so fat he could barely push a phone button with one fat finger, at 467 pounds
- Greg when he reached Shari's house nextdoor, he could barely fit through the door at 477 pounds
- When they tried snapping, Greg's new picture with the camera, Greg grew fatter at 893 pounds
- When they reached the Photoshop in an hour, Greg was enormous at 1600 pounds
- When Greg received his new photo, he was at his fattest at 2000 pounds
- The next day, Greg was back to normal at 90 pounds
How this was hilariousEdit
- Greg's chubby body in the episode and book
- Greg's massive belly having being lifted in the book
- Greg's muffled voice in the book
- Greg's ultimate fall fail at baseball in the book
- Greg's clothes ripping in the book
- Greg's thighs in the episode
- Greg squeezing through the car, school door and van and other doors
- Greg's seat being smashed in the episode
- Greg's powerful weight gain in the book
- Greg's expansion in the episode
- The van slowly moving while carrying Greg
- The stethoscope getting stuck in Greg's massive chest flab
- Greg's bed- smashing bottom in the book
- Greg kicking his legs in the book
- The buttons popping off in the book
- Greg's massive belly sending Shari flying across the room
- Greg's ultimate weight gain in the book