Saved By The Bell Comparison by Nicholas

For my independent reading project I chose to analyze Saved by the Bell (the TV series) vs the graphic novel. Going into this project I thought that the graphic novel was just a spin-off of the TV show and a way to make money of a beloved 90’s franchise. I was worried about this project not being as interesting as it could be if I chose another book but I went with it. So I sat down by the television and watched the five episodes of the first season.

The TV show was set in JFK Junior High and the students were all in eighth grade. That was one  main difference I noted between the TV series and the book. In the book the students are in high school, the book conveys this message by the choices the author and illustrator make in the text and the illustrations. One main reason I think that could be the case is that the book was probably set in the later seasons of the show or was set in one of the many spin-offs created by the series. Also the location is different in the book it is set in Bayside High School in California while the TV show was set at JFK Junior High in Indianapolis.

What surprised me the most is that both about the TV series and the book is that the cast of characters were different. The TV series was missing Kelly Kwapnoski and A.C Slater from the main cast of characters.  I was very confused why the main cast of characters from the book were different from the TV show. I then went straight onto to my computer to answer my inquiry. With some research I found out that season one was made by the Disney Channel for the Disney Channel. This was very confusing as I watched it on Hulu the bottom right corner had the NBC logo so I thought I had the right show. It turns season one was a completely different show from Saved By The Bell. It was called Good Morning, Miss Blitz and was made completely differently, as it was set around Miss. Blitz being the main character. This was completely different from the rest of the series and book as the main characters are the students. The TV show and the book are so different because after Disney dropped the show, NBC picked it up and changed the direction of the whole show. It turns out that the NBC version was what the book was based on. The NBC version rose to popularity very quickly and Saved By The Bell became a 90’s cultural icon.

I now understand why Saved By The Bell was so popular and still is popular. It was a light story but had a weird quality about it that made you want to watch more. Maybe I will find out what makes it so popular. I think that’s the bell, gotta go.

 

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Live and Let Die Book vs. Movie Comparison by Max W

For the Independent Reading project, I read Ian Fleming’s, Live and Let Die. Ian Fleming wrote 14 spy novels featuring super spy James Bond 007 (Licensed to Kill). Many of Ian Fleming’s books were turned into movies. The first movie was 1962’s Dr. No and the most recent was 2015’s Spectre. In 1973, Sir Roger Moore starred in his first James Bond Movie, Live and Let Die. After reading the book and watching the movie, I noticed three major differences between the two: the plot and action sequences, the use of spy gadgets, and the number of villains.

The plot and the action sequences are different in the movie than the book. Jumping over crocodiles, skydiving, and avoiding getting eaten by sharks or bitten by snakes are just a few of the crazy adventurous things that they added to the movie. The book moved slowly and it was harder to follow the plot. In the movie, James Bond was trying to stop Mr. Big from producing and selling heroine. In the book, James Bond was trying to stop Mr. Big from smuggling rare gold coins out of Jamaica. In the movie, James Bond seemed to travel everywhere but Jamaica. Also, there were many scenes that involved voodoo including one intense scene where one of James Bond’s fellow agents was killed by a snake.

There are many more spy gadgets in the movie than the book. James Bond’s movie gadgets include a wristwatch that can be used as a magnet, a hang glider, and even a gun that shoots bullets which expand the size of whatever it hits. It seems like no-matter what situation James Bond is in, he has something that can help him out. There are also some similarities of the gadgets used in the movie and the book. In both, James bond has a gun and an assortment of scuba-diving gear which includes a scuba-diving suit and underwater explosives.

Finally, the number of villains are different in the movie than the book. In the book, Mr. Big is the only villain. In the movie, not only is Mr. Big the villain, but so is Tee Hee, Whisper, and Baron Samedi. Tee Hee is a man who works for Mr. Big, and is significant because one of his hands is a claw from an accident involving a crocodile. Whisper is also someone who works for Mr. Big. Though he talks in a whisper, he is really strong and he can carry almost anything. Baron Samedi is supposed to represent a Voodoo spirit who is a “zombie” that could not die. In the Book, Mr. Big was nicknamed Baron Samedi because of his grayish skin and because he was able to hypnotize people using voodoo, which made people think that he was Baron Samedi and couldn’t be killed. Finally, Solitaire is a villain who turns into a heroine in both the movie and the book.

Overall, there were more differences between the book and the movie than similarities. The movie added many more action scenes and villains to engage and entertain the audience. Every James Bond movie fan looks forward to seeing the different gadgets and gizmos in each movie. I enjoyed comparing the movie to the book, and I am looking forward to reading Moonraker next and then comparing it to the movie.

Snitch (Bea Catcher Chronicles, Book #2) by: Olivia Samms Review By TJ

I have read Snitch (Bea Catcher Chronicles, book 2) by Olivia Samms, and it is a great book. Yet I have not read the first installment of the Bea Catcher Chronicles, and still have yet to read it, this book showed great character and dialogue. Bea Catcher is the main character and she is the right type of character for this book series. She is very intelligent young lady that uses her skills for good. She can draw a person’s face and she can tell what they are thinking and their emotions. This book also shows how the lives of high school teenagers can affect others’ lives around them. Overall, this book is a great book for teenagers, especially the ones that are going into high school because it can show how much of a change high school is going to be to their lives.

Because of Mr. Terupt: Character Interview by Kenny

JESSICA

Q: Out of the people in your class, who do you have the most respect for?

I have a lot of respect for Luke. Yes, I see him being bullied sometimes, but it doesn’t affect him. Many people should wish they had the strength like Luke to naturally be themselves and not try and be someone else

 

Q: What is your biggest regret?

My biggest regret was having to leave and move to conneticut. Although I didn’t really have a choice I still felt like someone of it was my part. I still wonder if I did something to split the household. My parents love each other which doesn’t make sense, so I had to do something.

 

Q: Who’s is to blame for Mr. Terupt’s incident?

I don’t think anyone is to blame for this incident. Peter did throw the snow ball which missed someone. However, that does not mean people should be mean to peter. I sort of felt bad because it might seem like everyone should blame him, but he didn’t do it on purpose

 

Q: What is your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is negative things that stick with me. When the drama with alexia happened I felt alone/misunderstood. It is hard to be new kid and go through the social experiences I have.  I am starting to realize how much people can affect your daily day.

 

 

Q: What/who makes you feel confident?

My parents make me feel confident. My mom helped me adjust to this new school. My mom was the one who also helped me with overcoming drama. She helped me fit in and try and find a purpose in the school

 

 

Q: How has Mr.Terupt impacted you?

Through this year of having Mr. Terupt’s, he has showed me who I am and why I deserve to fit in. He also showed me how to stand up to people who look tough on the outside but have an inside soft side. I like finding that soft side in people and making them feel wanted like my mom and Mr. Terupt helped me.

 

 

PETER

 

Q: Out of the people in your class, who do you have the most respect for?

I respect Danielle the most because she is always being manipulated by alexia however still tries to put a smile on her face. Also, she is sometimes extra nice, not to impress people but to be a good friend in general. It doesn’t seem like I would say that; but I did.

 

Q: What is your biggest regret?

My biggest regret is being mean in general.  One of the major moments that stuck out to me this year was when I was rude to the kids with disabilities. Yes, it’s true, I thought they weren’t as smart as the people in regular school but now I realized that the way someone looks does not mean people should judge them similar to that. I had to learn the hard way.

 

Q: Who’s is to blame for Mr. Terupt’s incident?

When I threw the snowball I felt really, really, really bad. Like it wasn’t bad as like I do with some people after I mean to them. It was different. There was a shock in my heart where everything just stopped. I thought to myself why I do this. I still believe today it was karma. Jessica has told me not to blame myself, but I don’t know.

 

Q: What is your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is being embarrassed in front of the whole class. I also hate when people are mean to me. I guess that the reason why im a jokester/prankster. Well I wouldn’t consider myself as mean as alexia, but I’m definitely not a Luke.

 

Q: What/who makes you feel confident?

Mr. Terupt paired us up with kids who have disabilities. At first I was like why we are doing this. They can’t have anything on me or with me. But now I truly believe that I have to learn from them. The make me want to try harder and become greater

 

Q: How has Mr.Terupt impacted you?

Well, he is a great teacher. I didn’t always how him how much I appreciated him until the incident happened. When that happened I thought he would be so mad at me but he turned the tables and made his injury be a goal to the whole class. He helped me learn to look.

 

 

ANNA

Q: Out of the people in your class, who do you have the most respect for?

I have the most respect for Jeffery because I know that he has a hard life like mine but he sometimes actually will make you feel like there is a good reason to everything. I see right through his act. He acts as if he doesn’t want to be a school but really he just needs a friend

 

Q: What is your biggest regret?

My biggest regret would be being born from a mom who was so young at the time. So many people judge my mom for the choices but I guess it is all my fault. I am the cause of this. I hope my mom knows if I could take it back I would.

 

Q: Who’s is to blame for Mr. Terupt’s incident?

I think peter is to blame. I wasn’t going to say anything because I really am shy, but he did throw the snowball. And even if he was not meant to him Mr. Terupt’s he still threw it pretty hard trying to hurt someone.

 

Q: What is your greatest fear?

My fear would probably be standing up to myself. Alexia is very mean to me and I wish she didn’t go to this school. However I have been warming up to her since the incident happened but I still feel like I am not ready to stand up from my own. I always have my friend

 

Q: What/who makes you feel confident?

Jessica makes me feel confident. Throughout the year I saw her progress to become very confident herself. I started to become better friends with her and I realized that she is intelligent and always wants the best. I feel safe around her. She and Danielle helped me with my mother and for that I am forever grateful

Q: How has Mr.Terupt impacted you?

I could obviously tell Mr. Terupt wanted me to speak up more; for my selves and for others. I don’t think I’m ready but I do think I made progress. He has showed me that we all have problems and if we hold on to those then we can think about the big picture which is to live life happy. To be happy.

 

 

 

LUKE

Q: Out of the people in your class, who do you have the most respect for?

I respect Jessica the most because she is one of the only ones who interact with Mr. Terupt like I do. She finds great things in his lessons. She also helped me feel wanted through the year.

 

Q: What is your biggest regret?

Maybe making my self being target. I feel like I don’t have any friends. Part of that might be true, and that’s the reason why I regret some of the things I do. I want someone to trust me but of course since I act the way I do I’m the nerd, loser, and friendless.

 

 

Q: Who’s is to blame for Mr. Terupt’s incident?

I think that peter is the cause to this effect. It’s not because he is sort of mean to me it’s because he threw the snowball meaning to hit someone hard. He shouldn’t have threw it especial not around everyone one. AT the same time I feel bad for him so I don’t know.

 

Q: What is your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is change. I do not want to change the way I act or the way I look. I fully expect myself and find some many great things about myself that no one can bring me TOTALLY down. When the incident happened I didn’t like that because the way I interacted felt like it was going to change.

 

Q: What/who makes you feel confident?

The dollar words make me feel confident. I love stating them plus I feel like they have a stronger meaning. I really haven’t understood the why I connect with them but all I can say is that I just do. I appreciate that Mr. Terupt showed me this.

 

Q: How has Mr.Terupt impacted you?

At first I thought he was going to be one of those teachers that try and make me fit in to a category. He wasn’t. He actually told me through his interaction with me that being different is okay. He taught me that the more unique you are the more likely your happier.

 

 

 

ALEXIA

Q: Out of the people in your class, who do you have the most respect for?

I have a lot of respect for Luke. I know it seems very weird. Like would a popular girl thinks nerd as cool. Well it’s because he doesn’t have to worry about fitting in; he just fits in in his own category. He is very brave and always tries to be greater.

 

Q: What is your biggest regret?

My biggest regret was starting drama with the girls in the years. Until I told them why they seemed to start ignoring me. And I hate that feeling. I felt like until after the incident I wasn’t able to be myself. It was an act.

 

Q: Who’s is to blame for Mr. Terupt’s incident?

Most people will probably blame peter but I don’t blame him at all. He didn’t mean to hit Terupt it was simple mistake. We all make mistakes. Yes, he should not of thrown it that hard, but we still shouldn’t blame him just because it was the snowball he through. Like if we didn’t even go out side then maybe it wouldn’t of happened. Its definitely not my fault.

 

Q: What is your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is not getting attention. I guess that is why I played Danielle and other people. It just sucks when you feel alone and you’re not the center of attention because you feel people will leave you for anything you say.

 

Q: What/who makes you feel confident?

No one. I don’t think anyone impacts how confident I am. I guess I’m just born like that. Sure sometimes I can be seen as rude but I told the other girls and they felt a little sympathy. I still shouldn’t look to them to be my inspirations. I’m my own.

 

 

Q: How has Mr.Terupt impacted you?

Mr. Terupt has taught me how to stop manipulating people because at the end I will have like no friends. He also showed me that I don’t need attention to be the best I can me. Somedays I disagree with him but he does have a point. Hess pretty cool

 

 

JEFFERY

Q: Out of the people in your class, who do you have the most respect for?

Anna. She is shy but I can tell she has been making an effort to get to know me. She felt my pain. Although Jessica was the real one to reach out to me I still admire Anna for moving on from her family problems.

 

Q: What is your biggest regret?

My biggest regret would be keeping the secret that had to do with my brother. I didn’t ever think I was going to be happy again. It’s just the burden of having that in your head sort of makes you want to feel invisible.

 

Q: Who’s is to blame for Mr. Terupt’s incident?

It was peter. But people should chill on him. I know how it feel to feel like you’re going to be blamed for something if it is or isn’t true. In my case it wasn’t true but for peters it obviously was. But I was going to be there for me.

 

Q: What is your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is failure. This relates to the case with my brother and how I couldn’t save him. People say it isn’t my fault but the moment still stays in my head. So failure would be my fear but I realize I must conquer it

 

Q: What/who makes you feel confident?

Jessica makes me feel confident. She was the one who made me feel extremely happy during the time I was supposed to hurt the most. Good people like her deserve more credit especially because she knew. She shows me how to live life happy

 

Q: How has Mr.Terupt impacted you?

Mr. Terupt has tried to show me many ways that I can forget the past and although some of his activities in class weren’t focused towards me; I still found his lesson and tried to apply it to mine. He has also helped me make friends and find who I can trust.

 

 

DANIELLE

Q: Out of the people in your class, who do you have the most respect for?

I have respect for Jessica even though I haven’t been the most loyal friend to her. She is so courageous in every single way. I don’t care that’s she a new girl I just want to show her how grateful I am to have her. She is a true friend

 

Q: What is your biggest regret?

My biggest regret would definitely be worrying about alexia and what she has tro say about me. So much drama has been caused because of her. If I was kore like Jessica I would be happier because I wouldn’t have many things to worry about

 

Q: Who’s is to blame for Mr. Terupt’s incident?

Personally I think peter and I feel like he should be sorry. Whoever he was throwing it to obviously wasn’t going to be ready anyway so he would definitely hurt somebody. I would say something but at the same time I wasn’t proud who I was

 

Q: What is your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is my family and Anna family. Anna is a nice amazing sweet girl and I’m afraid there might still be a little tension between them. I want to be friends with her and I believe my family should to. And not judge. I don’t want to base my life based on my family goals

 

Q: What/who makes you feel confident?

My friends make me feel confident because they helped me find who I can really be. Anna is one of those friends and she makes me feel confide t by helping me stand up to my family in accepting her family. She is just as strong as I am. Shy or not.

 

 

Q: How has Mr.Terupt impacted you?

He has showed me to problem solve and I just thank him from the bottom of my heart for teaching me great lessons.