With Halloween right around the corner, we here at BBGT decided it was time to bring back Goosebumps and take a friggen break from the really bad shit. You have enough to be frightened of with horror movie marathons running rampant on every network!
Last year we read Say Cheese and Die (bonus fun fact: Ryan Gosling starred as a kid in the television version of Say Cheese and Die) and Night of the Living Dummy (no joke, dummies scare the absolute shit out of me and they have almost my entire life because of these fucking books).
This year instead of doing two books, Matt and I are going to do what we did with The Host and comment on each other’s posts so we can get through one book before the end of October, and then start in on our next series. More on this later, but we’re doing Jamie Mcguire’s Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster! AT THE SAME TIME. Get pumped and/or terrified.
But for Halloween this year, we’re going to be reading the highly anticipated sequel to Say Cheese and Die. Can you guess what it’s called?
The answer is, in fact, Say Cheese and Die — Again! I wish they would add “(for some reason)” to the title. Because why the fuck are they say cheesing and dying again???
You should have a look through the Say Cheese and Die posts from last year, but if you’re too busy doing “other things” (pfft), here’s what you need to catch up to speed: Greg is a kid living in the 90s (this is important), hanging out with his friends Shari, Michael, and Bird (who is called Bird because “he looks like a bird”… somehow) when they break into their town’s haunted house (every town has a haunted house) and find a camera! But all the pictures they take with the camera predict terrible things happening! Greg takes a picture of Michael standing on the stairs, the picture shows him falling off the stairs, and THEN HE FALLS OFF THE STAIRS. Greg takes a picture of his family’s new car, the picture shows the car totaled, and THEN THE CAR IS TOTALED. For some reason Greg continues using this camera to take pictures of his friends and loved ones, and then it causes Shari to DISAPPEAR. But then she comes back.
They decide to the put the camera back where they found it, where they discover the camera’s creator – a man named Spidey whose real name, Dr. Fritz Fredericks, is somehow stupider – made the evil camera to get rich, but then it became super evil (or something) and he tried to hide it from society so it can never hurt anyone ever again, and then he tries to kill Greg. Greg takes Spidey’s picture and it scares Spidey to death (f’reals), so they leave the camera in the haunted house. But then the book ends with them seeing some neighborhood bullies/teenagers walking around town with the camera! AH! Will this cliffhanger bear any relevance on the plot of Say Cheese and Die — Again?
Sourball. That’s what Greg calls his English teacher, Mr. Saur. He’s a real grouch. And now he just gave Greg a big fat “F” on his oral report.He didn’t believe Greg’s story. About the camera Greg found last summer. About the pictures it took. About the evil things that happened.
Poor Greg. He just wanted to prove old Sourball wrong. But now that he’s dug up the camera, bad things are happening. Really bad things. Just like the first time…
Dammit, Greg! Have you learned NOTHING?