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30 June 2016

Big Film Garner

The 45th anniversary of the opening of the film  based on Roald Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the eve of a new film based on another of Dahl's "classics" for children The BFG, which written in 1982.  Either the practice of creating initials for every conceivable concept ("BFF", "LOL","OMG", "TMI", "WWJD", "WTF") is a lot older than I imagined or he started the trend, (for the unitiated) "BFG" meaning "Big Friendly Giant."

Roald Dahl's books are classics, being able to bridge the generational as well as the age gap, meaning a ten-year old today could enjoy a Dahl book as much as a ten-year old from 1982, as well as someone who might be much older today or back then. Moreover, filmmakers keep wanting to make films out of the Dahl's books.  Of course, you might have noticed that the name of Dahl's book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory while the name of the film was"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." According to Wikipedia sources, Dahl was furious that the movie was more a focus on Gene Wilder as Wonka than on some little kid named Charlie.  Be that as it may, we can count the following books as having been made into films:
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Matilda
James and the Giant Peach

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