Say Cheese –and Die Screaming by R.L. Stine
Julie is the photographer for her middle school. She is highly competitive. She is competing with another student photographer for the best photo of the year for the yearbook, or one of them anyway. At a yard sale, she finds a camera, which wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but strange things happen when she takes pictures with the camera. The digital images do not reflect reality; they show terrible things. Those terrible things then happen.
When Julie ends up with a picture of herself, she’s too scared to take the photo that might be the best photo of the year. She has to figure out a way to get the camera to stop bad things from happening.
What I liked
This is yet another story about how cameras might be able to take your soul. People used to have some silly superstitions about a device that could reproduce their image in just a little while. This story moves it over to the digital realm. If digital photographs steal our souls, we’re all screwed, especially Kim Kardashian.
What I didn’t like
How many times can this darn camera, or one like it, show up? I kind of feel like this concept has been done…to…death. Dun, dun, dun! I wasn’t trying to be scary; I was really trying to say that I think the concept is a little overdone by R.L. Stine. He does put a twist on it in each book, but it’s still very much the same idea.
Strange cameras–you just never know what might be wrong with them.
Would you take your own picture with a strange camera?
If you found out that cameras did steal part of your soul, how would you feel about photography?