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This article explains the differences found between the online version, books, live-action films, and animated films.

Online Version

  • This version takes place in 2004-2005.
  • This version appears to be one whole story.
  • In this version, Greg says he writes in his journal each day to get out of doing his chores. This means Rodrick had to scrub toilets on the weekends.
  • The kid who almost sits next to Greg is named Otha Harris in the online book and Jason Brill in the books.
  • Rodrick's party takes place on March 12 in the online book and October 27 in Rodrick Rules.
  • A girl passes a note saying "Greg is a goober" in the online book instead of "Greg is a dork" in the books.
  • While watching TV during the weekend, a TV commentator says "That's a gutter ball, Dave" in the online book and "That's a spare, Dave" in the books.
  • Grandpa shouts "There are monkeys in the walls! There are monkeys in the walls!", while in The Third Wheel, it is Uncle Gary who does so instead.
  • A time capsule imagined by Greg says "DO NOT OPEN UNTIL 2200 A.D." in the online book and "DO NOT OPEN UNTIL 2300 A.D." in the books.
  • In the online book, Greg says to a female teacher "No speech English" to get out of doing a problem. In Wrecking Ball he dreams of him moving and faking not knowing English. Greg says "I are Gregory" which is the book situation.
  • Mr. Huff is unnamed in this version.
  • In the online book, Greg says Frank thought he was an idiot and a liar after he catches Greg eating Cheerios. In the books, Greg says that he's pretty sure he thinks he has a screw loose.
  • Many online scenes where Frank is mad are changed to Frank being tired, confused, or disappointed in the books.
  • Greg has a batty great-aunt called Mary Lou who only appears in the online book.
  • The kid Greg shows as an example to his "Last Name Rule" is named Larry Ziegel online and Christopher Ziegel in the books.
  • Whirley Street is called Whirley Drive in the online book.
  • Rodrick accuses Susan of sabotaging the performance on purpose in the online book. Greg is only involved in this fight in Rodrick Rules.
  • In this version, various real-life brand names are present. For example, the console Rowley owns is a PlayStation with 42 games. Dungeons and Dragons is mentioned too. Also, Greg and the other boys are seen playing their Game Boys at soccer. Frank states that his favorite restaurant is Red Lobster, and Greg also has a Walkman. However the names were changed/removed in the books to avoid copyright issues.
  • Recruits have to report to Spag Union on June 1st in the online book and June 7th in The Last Straw.
  • Greg and Rowley live on Prestwick Drive instead of Upper Surrey Street.
  • When Rowley breaks his toe during a sleepover, Greg confesses to it in the online book, while he is sold out by Manny in the books.
  • Greg signs up for a video game tournament that Leland participates in during the online book. He is not present during the tournament in Dog Days.
  • Greg gets involved in Dungeons and Dragons instead of Magick and Monsters in the books.
  • Greg is supposed to spend a few days at Aunt Cakey's house due to Susan and Frank going on a trip with Rodrick to find a college, even though he refuses to. In the books, it only happens as a flashback and the reason Greg is being monitored by Aunt Cakey due to going shopping for a few hours.
  • Greg's dwarf is named Murlon in the online book and Grimlon in the books.
  • References to cheating are made. The books never make references to this topic.
  • Collin Lee has a much bigger role in the online book. He also appears very similar to Alex Aruda in this version of the book. His appearance is completely changed in the book series and many of his roles are given to Rowley instead.
  • Greg gets a yearbook signature from Andrea Trotter in the online book and Holly Hills in the books.
  • The online version has a less kid-friendly aesthetic.
  • The Fullers are called the Roses in the online book, with their dog's name being Stevie instead of Princess.
  • Greg sabotages Rowley during the video game competition, while in the books he loses because of his numb hand.
  • In the online book, Leland wins the prize for the video game tournament at Electronics Hut, while in the books, Rowley wins the prize for the video game tournament at the Game Hut.
  • Greg's birthday is on February 23rd instead of June 18th.
  • In the online book, Fregley's name is spelled "Fregly."
  • Greg's mom is named "Ann" in the online book and "Susan" in the book series.
  • Cecil Warner, a boy who makes monkey noises while on the bus, is unnamed in the books.
  • Greg prays for Erick Bickford to get hurt in the online book, while he doesn't mention him in the book's prayer.
  • Greg wrestles with a kid named Stinky Williams in the online book and Fregley in the books.
  • Chirag Gupta has an afro-like hairstyle in the online book and is rich, while his hair is shorter in the book series, with no mention of his family's wealth.
    • The family wealth part was eventually assigned to Jordan Jury in the books.
  • The middle school card exchange doesn't occur in the online book.
  • Kristina Erickson throws huge parties for kids, while Jordan Jury does so in the books.
  • Part of Mrs. Craig's book role was replaced by a woman named Ms. Jordan in the online book.
  • Frank talks to Greg about calling a girl in the online book only, but in The Last Straw, Frank made Greg get out instantly.
  • Greg's soccer coach is named Mr. Keith, with his son being Kenny Keith. He is renamed Mr. Litch in the books.
  • Kenny Keith bothers Greg during detention in the online book, and Leon Ricket does so in the books.
  • Grandpa dates a woman named Marlene in the online book and Darlene in the books.
  • D.J. Harold, a tree actor, is named in the online version but not in the books.
  • Fregley is home-schooled in the online book only.
  • When Frank researches Rodrick's work looking for his factual errors, he tells him that Benjamin Franklin didn't fight in Vietnam. In the books, Frank corrects him by telling him the Abraham Lincoln didn't write "To Kill a Mockingbird".
  • Rowley misses a talent show when he breaks his hand in the online book. In the books, Greg breaks his toe, causing him to miss it.
  • Rowley gives Greg a Big Wheel for his birthday in the online book and Christmas in the books.
  • Manny calls Greg a "pootie" in the online book and a "Ploopy" in the books. Also, in this version, he calls Greg this for no reason, while in the books, it was because he was mad that Tingy was thrown away.
  • Mamadou and Greg exchange letters in which Greg asks the former for his age, costing them a total of $12-13. In the books, this exchange happens between Albert Murphy and Jacques and costs $14.
  • Frank's boss is named Mr. Swann in the online book and Mr. Warren in the books. In the movies, he is given the first name "Stan".
  • A girl named Piper Matthews features prominently in the online book, as does her sister Lori. In the books, they are replaced by Holly and Heather Hills.
  • The Snella family is named the "Smedley's" in the online book. Shawn Snella is named "Max" in the online book, while Seth is unnamed in this version.
  • Manny dumps unfinished Cheerios in his plastic potty during the online book and corn flakes in the books.
  • Trista moves into Chirag Gupta's old house after his family's second attempt to move. She also specifies that she is from New Mexico. No such details are given in the books.
  • Frank has a cat that that freezes to death after Grandpa leaves him outside for too long in the online book and a dog that Grandpa accidentally runs over. Both are named Nutty.
  • In this version, alcohol references are made, such as when Rodrick's party was discovered and him consuming it.
    • Rodrick can be seen opening a bottle of champagne in the picture of his party as well.
  • Mamadou's surname is Saint Pierre in the online book and Montpierre in the books.
  • Albert Sandy was a Red Socks member who quits on the first day of soccer in the online book.
  • In this version, Rowley sleeps with a stuffed animal at a log cabin and also closes his mouth.
  • The Red Socks lose in a playoff instead of a normal game in the online book.
  • The online version of Piper has three sisters, while in the books, Holly Hills is only mentioned to have one sister. In the movies, Holly has a similar family structure to Greg's family, with an older and a younger sister.
  • In the online book, Rodrick and Ward have small slips with "#1" written on them, their plan is if any "girl" one of them for their number at a party, they had given them this slip to impress them.
  • Manny destroys Greg's Walkman online and his video game console in the books.
  • Grandpa sets a playdate for Greg in the online book, while it is Susan Heffley who does so in the books.
  • Greg's neighborhood is called Surrey Circle in the online book and Surrey Street in the books.
  • Greg is shown to be more academically focused in the online book.
  • Greg's mother says: "You could have choked him to death!" after he entertains Manny by making faces at him. This phrase is revised in the books, where she says "You could have killed him!".
  • Teenagers are shown smoking several times in the online book, while smoking appears less frequently in the books.
    • Lori Matthews was fired from her position as Rowley's babysitter after his parents caught her smoking in the front yard of their house.
  • While messing around with an echo pedal, someone says "Who just farted" in the online book and "Somebody just farted" in the books and movies.
  • Greg is not shown to be nervous or disappointed when his father decides to officially enroll Greg in Spag Union in the online book.
  • Chirag tempts Rowley with a Twinkie in the online book and a corn dog in the books.
  • Rodrick owns an El Camino style pickup truck and Bill owns the Loded Diper van in the online book. Rodrick owns the van in the books and movies.
  • The bumper stick on Susan's car says "Kids need teddy bears, not drugs!" in the online book and "My child is a graduate of Tender Huggles Preschool" in the books.
  • Greg originally wears red pajamas but changes them to blue. In the books, these roles are reversed.
  • In the online book, Greg and Rodrick's code language to replace bad words is mentioned as "You slimy squish stick!" and "Smarty milk dud!". In the books, they say "Spooky stork!" and "Raspberry plastic tickle bear!"
  • In this version, the trick that Rodrick played on Greg in the middle of the night during the summer happened on the first day of summer.
  • In the online book, Sweetie is a terrier, and Greg's naming ideas are turned down because they are names of Dungeons and Dragons characters. In the books, Sweetie's breed isn't specified and Greg's names are turned down for being violent.
  • Sweetie eats half of Greg's birthday cake in the online book, while it is Killer who does so in the books.
  • Exact dates are shown in the online book, while the book series' dates are only days of the week or holidays.
  • Grandpa is named Grampa in the online book.
  • The Wild Kingdom is called Wild World in the online book.
  • Uncle Charlie is called Uncle Freddie in the online book.
  • Exclamation marks are used more frequently in online books than in the books.
  • Frank drops off Greg in the back of the school in the online book and Susan does so in the books.
  • Rodrick and Ward put fake vomit on people's cars at Stop and Shop in the online book and Home Depot in the books.
  • Darren Walsh is called Darnell Washington in the online book. In this version, it is theorized that Mr. Washington (Mr. Alexander in the books) is his dad.
  • Uncle Gary gets married to Linda in the online book and Sonja in the books (Linda is one of Uncle Gary's former wives in the books).
  • The kid who won the Anti-Smoking Poster Contest was named Charles Carny in the online book and Chris Carney in the books
  • During Valentine's Dance in the online book, the music box sings the opening lines of "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" by Allie Wrubel. In the books, it sings a generic line about doing the hokey pokey.
  • Greg explicitly turns thirteen in the online book.
  • Gramma's dog Henry is named Rudy in the online book. In this version, it is he who chews off Ellie's trunk, legs, and ears instead of Sweetie.
  • Greg ends up in a tree without his pants during Seth's half birthday party in the books and a yellow jackets' nest with his pants in the online book.
  • In the books, Rodrick's fish eats Greg's fish. In the online book, all three boys buy a fish. Rodrick first eats Manny's fish then eats the eyes of Greg's fish. However, Greg's fish is eventually consumed by Rodrick's fish before Frank likely flushes Rodrick's fish down the toilet.
  • Rodrick says "Who just farted?" into the echo pedal instead of "Somebody farted!"
  • Greg takes an oatmeal bath in this version after getting stung. In the books, he makes a bowl of ice cream after Frank thanks him for getting him out of the Snellas' half-birthday party.
  • Most slapstick humor isn't in the online version, such as the apple-throwing part and when Greg realizes he has the cheese touch and causes everybody to run away screaming.
  • Susan Heffley says Sharon Wahowski wasn't potty trained in her preschool class. This exchange occurs regarding Holly Hills in The Last Straw.
  • In the online book, "Drummies!" are found at Leisure Towers instead of at the school fair.
  • Manny is five in the online book, while his age is unclear in the books. However, in the second film, Manny mentions that he is three after breaking Greg's console.
  • Greg had a best friend named Ben Fielders who moved away in the online book. He does not appear in the books.
  • In this version, Susan references Greg's age instead of his birth order.
  • In this version, the parents don't believe in Santa Claus.
  • Great Uncle Clyde is Greg's relative who makes weird noises in the online book. He is replaced by Great Uncle Arthur in the books.
  • Information about moose not living in the desert, and the info about moose being dumb and thinking that if they can't see you, you can't see them, is added to the Amazing Moose project in the online book.
  • In the online book, Greg discovers Mom Buck's money in the game "Zoo-poly" which is given to him by Collin Lee, while in Rodrick Rules, Rowley is the one who owns the board game.
  • Greg plays with ants during soccer in the online book and blows dandelions in the books.
  • In the online book, Rodrick's 100 Years Ago poem mentions there allegedly being no books or humans in the 1900s.
  • This version has 1285 pages, instead of being 217 pages.
  • On the Job-O in the online book, Greg gets CEO and Rowley gets flight attendant. In the books, the job form yields "clerk" for Greg and "nurse" for Rowley.
  • Frank reads "A Light in the Attic" by Shel Silverstein to Greg. In the books, he reads "The Giving Tree" instead.
  • In the online book, an unknown person says "Get out of the way, chimp" in Greg's essay on chimpanzees. Greg himself says this in the essay in the book series.
  • Bill asks for a Cheeto from Rodrick in the online book and a potato chip in Dog Days.
  • Frank writes an angry letter to Peachy Breeze using a typewriter instead of a computer.
    • Most scenes featuring a computer also use a typewriter instead.
  • Löded Diper is simply spelled "Loded Diper" in the online book. The van in both the online version and books, however both read "Löded Diper".
  • In the online book, the Gifted reading group is called the Hard group, and they also have to do an essay along with the screening, which is what Greg does in The Last Straw.
  • In the online book, Greg is forced to participate in The Wizard of Oz play as punishment for listening to Rodrick's CDs. In the books, Greg is forced to participate due to Susan seeing the flyer for plays at Greg's school. In the movies, Greg decides to sign up for the play by himself as an attempt to make Rowley jealous.
  • In the online book, Greg doesn't throw apples at Patty in The Wizard of Oz, thus the play goes on for its entirety.
  • In the online book, Gramma has many pictures of Manny on her refrigerator with only one of them showing the back of Greg's head.
  • In the online book, Rodrick revealed Greg's secret because of his Rory Screws Up allegory. He does so in the books after Greg argues with him about his talent show taping.
  • Greg and Rowley play Vikings and Indians, which isn't mentioned in the books.
  • In the online book, Greg doesn't lie and tells everyone that he ate the cheese.
  • Mr. Shropsharp is called Mr. Lockerman.
    • Mr. Lockerman says that Eskimos are crummy people in the online book and Polar Bears are useless animals in the books. This line was most likely changed for cultural reasons.
  • In the online book, Greg lands on a beehive while trying to get Tingy. In the books, his pants fell while trying to get Tingy.
  • Manny is allergic to peaches in the online book.
  • The plot of this book has more to do with the 3rd book than the first book.
  • You can see Greg's front face in the online book (page 816) unlike in the books.
  • The Jeffersons play I love you because... with Greg and Rowley's cousins in Rowley's Birthday in the online version while in the book Dog Days, they play it with only Greg when they go to a beach trip.

Films

  • The humor is very different from the books. Whereas the books took a more satirical approach, the movies are more slapstick.
  • The movies take place in the 2010s.
  • A new character is added, named Angie Steadman.
  • Westmore Middle School (Greg's school) is named in the films.
  • Greg AND Rowley ride the Cranium Shaker, but in the books Greg rides it alone.
  • In this version, Greg owns an Xbox 360 rather than a Nintendo 64.
  • In this version, The trick Rodrick played on Greg into thinking it was his first day of school happened a week before his real first day of school.
  • Darren Walsh is not antagonistic in this version, because he didn't start the Cheese Touch intentionally and he even cries about everyone running away.
  • In this version, a german exchange student named Dieter Muller appears in the film instead of Abe Hall.
  • Greg is 19th on the popularity list in the film, much higher than his being in at around '50s in the book and 30's online version.
    • Later in the film, however Greg and Rowley can be seen changing spots on the list, unlike the books where they do not change spots at all.
  • In this version, Frank owned a pet tarantula as a kid instead of a chameleon.
  • When Greg threw an apple at Patty, she catches it instead of being hit and also fought back.
  • In the books, Susan threw a bouquet of flowers into the trash after the play. She did not have any in the movie version.
  • In this version, Susan never mentioned she had blond hair. Most likely because her actor already had blonde hair.
  • In this version, Rodrick didn't get his ear checked.
  • In this version, Greg was caught eating cereal at 4:00 in the morning instead of 3:00 AM.
  • In this version, Greg eats Post Alpha Bits instead of General Mills Cheerios.
  • Bryan Little has to leave the comic position after he comes down with mono. However, in the books and online version, he gets booted from the position after using it to handle personal issues.
  • Frank makes Greg participate in a roleplay Civil War battle. There is no mention of this in the books or the online version.
  • In this version, Rodrick is way taller than Greg while in the books and online version, Rodrick is only slightly taller.
  • In this version, the bathroom door says "Rodrick Rules" instead of "Hi Rodrick".
  • In this version, Greg, and Rodrick start with 5 Mom Bucks however, in the book and online version they start with 1,000 Mom Bucks.
    • However, one Mom Buck is equivalent to one real dollar, while in the books one Mom Buck is equivalent to one penny.
  • Holly calls Greg "Fregley" at school instead of the roller rink, and she later apologizes to Greg while in the book he loses interest in her.
  • In this version, Chirag Gupta and Fregley are in the Boy Scouts, however in the books they aren't.
  • In this version, Rodrick's room is in the attic, not in the basement.
  • Greg and Rodrick have only one hour to clean up the party mess while they have several hours in the books.
  • In this version, Greg loses to Patty in wrestling as well as to Fregley.
  • Greg and Rowley also are at Rodrick's party, meanwhile, in other versions, only Greg was there but locked in the basement the entire time.
  • Manny is the one who suggested the name "Sweetie" for the dog, not Susan.
  • Rowley owns a Wii instead of a Playstation.
  • The skating rink is called Rocket Rollers instead of Roll-a-Round.
  • In this version, Lenwood Heath works as a lifeguard at a pool, not at a movie theater.
  • In this version, Rodrick has a crush on Heather Hills instead of Greg.
  • In this version, Rodrick takes Greg with him to throw fake vomit on people's cars instead of Ward, and aren't at a Home Depot but a mall.
  • When the teenagers make Rowley eat the cheese, Rowley ate a portion but they were later chased off by Coach Malone when Greg was trying to lie he had lactose intolerance. In the books, the teenagers make Rowley eat all of it, and believe Greg's claim.
  • In this version, the smoothie bill is increased from $83 to $260, and Frank is forced to pay it himself rather than Greg paying with with his gift money.
  • In this version, Susan interrupts Rodrick's band practice to make Rodrick apologize about the magazine in front of his band, instead of having to write it down on paper like in the book and the online version.
  • In this version, Mr. Huff is called Mr. Draybick and Mr. Underwood is called Coach Malone.
  • In this version, Rowley ate half of The Cheese instead of eating the whole Cheese.
  • Greg terrorized the kindergarteners by forcing them into a construction hole (when thinking he saw the teenagers from Halloween) instead of chasing them with worms.
  • Greg does not wear contacts or glasses in any of the films.
  • In the books, Rodrick's band is a heavy metal band but in the movies its more like a punk band
  • In this version, Greg was the one who got sick and had a younger photo of himself sent into the school rather than Rodrick.
  • In this version, Greg instead of Uncle Joe told Manny about the potty monster.
  • Rodrick loses control of Greg's journal after he snatches it from him using a fake plant. In the books, Rodrick gives up possession after tripping over the Gutbusters board.
  • Greg chases Rodrick around in his underwear. However, in the books he is fully clothed.
  • In this version, Nutty was mentioned but there was no mention of him dying.
  • Greg escapes the ladies' room on his own instead of getting caught by the security guard.
  • In this version, Rodrick cheats on the Mom Bucks system, not Greg.
  • In this version, 100 Years Ago has more stanzas and after reading, Greg found the F and it said F, again! instead of F! See me?. He is also presented to read it in class instead of looking at it on the school bus.
  • In this version, Manny is the one who says "I'm peeing" instead of a random toddler.
  • In this version, The Muddy Hand is a story told by Fregley, rather than a movie.
  • Greg's height is much less vague as he mentions he is smaller than 95% of the kids at his school.
  • Greg sends the "HELP HELP GET ME OUT OF HERE" email to all of Robert Jefferson's contacts, instead of just Greg's Mom.
  • In this version, Greg set Manny up for finding the magazine instead of Manny randomly finding it.
  • In this version, The Hills family are shown to be members at the Country Club while in the book they aren't.
  • In this version, The Reading Is Fun Club had various people in the book, but it had only 3 in the movie.
  • In the book, Frank gives Sweetie to Gramma in the end, but in the movie, Sweetie is still with the Heffleys till the end of the movie and it is unknown if they gave Sweetie away or not.
  • Speaking of Sweetie, he is a Labradoodle in the films, while he is presumably a Beagle in the books.
  • In this version, Greg smashes his father's hand with a mallet once, but in the book, Rowley smashes Greg's hand with a mallet more than once.
  • In the fourth book, Frank Heffley is nearly arrested when Greg assumed he was taking him to a military school instead of the baseball field, but in the movie, Robert Jefferson is the one who almost gets arrested when Greg couldn't reach home.
  • In this version, Patty Farrell is Greg's arch-enemy, unlike the books where he has a mild dislike toward her.
  • Greg only has 48 hours until he has to go to Spag Union, unlike one month in the books.
  • Patty wears glasses in the book, while in the movie she does not.
  • In the book, the Beardo children were all boys, while in the movie, one of them is a girl.
  • The Beardos own a green Volkswagen Type 2 van instead of a purple van.
  • Manny talks in Spanish to one tow truck driver in this version instead of two.
  • Rowley is genuinely the one who comes up with Zoo-Wee-Mama instead of Greg, rather than Rowley forgetting Greg invented it like in the books.
  • Greg and Rowley get punished for disobeying Rowley's parents' by riding a scary ride instead of leaving them.
  • Bill is much more antagonistic in the films. In the second film he attempts to boot Rodrick out of the band multiple times, while in the books he was his friend.
  • In this version, Greg gets sent home from Rowley‘s vacation for arresting his father instead of making Rowley panic by zapping him.
  • In the movie, it was Greg who took tons of pictures instead of one of the friends taking one and it was on Frank's digital camera instead of on Susan's analog camera.
  • The Beardos are far more antagonistic in the movie, where they are explicitly shown stealing the Heffleys' photo album. In the book, the Heffleys only thought the Beardos had stolen their wallets because of a misunderstanding, and the Beardos is implied to have been a normal family who was trying to enjoy their vacation.
  • At the end of the Dog days Film, Holly and Greg become a couple, while in the books, Greg no longer wants anything to do with her.
  • Heather Hills has a party at the end of Dog Days.

Films (Animated)

  • In this version, Greg doesn't terrorize Kindergarteners during a rainy day.
  • Greg and Rowley bring Manny along for Trick-or-Treating.
  • It was autumn when Greg knocks Rowley off his bike instead of winter.
  • Greg and Rodrick get sent to Leisure Towers before being found out about the party.
  • Like in the live-action adaptation, the bathroom door is “Rodrick Rules” instead of “Hi, Rodrick”.
  • Holly Hills doesn't play a major role in the Rodrick Rules film.
  • Greg forgets to show a science project instead of a poem about the 1900s decade for history.
  • Greg takes the pictures of the party when unscrewing the door knob to see what's happening and Greg accidentally exposes the secret when he and Susan bump in each other making him drop the stack.
  • Greg's punishment was a three week video game ban instead of two.
  • Greg's punishment gets extended when letting Rodrick into the talent show.
  • Patty Farrell has virtually no role in these films, appart from being mentioned in the first one, and playing the piano in the talent show in the second one.
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