July 7, 2016
Classic of the Month
The BFG is a beloved children's book. I finally got around to reading it (which took about a day) and since the movie just came out in theaters, I decided it would be perfect for our classic of the month. Without further ado, on to the BFG.
The story starts when an orphan named Sophie sees something out the window. And not just any something- a giant. The giant spots Sophie as well and steals her. He takes Sophie to giant country, where he and nine other giants live. The only difference is that the other giants eat human beans, or people, while the BFG catches dreams. He and Sophie quickly become friends, though he says he can't take her back because she might tell about him. When Sophie learns that the other giants eat people, she hatches a plan to stop them involving dream mixing, the queen of England, and her own self. They catch the giants and lock them up with nothing snozzcumbers to eat.
What I Like About It
What's not to like? For starters, the BFG is so sweet. The way he talks and his odd personality which makes the other giants hate him, all adds up to make him a relatable character. In the end he even learns to talk properly and writes a book.
Sophie is also great. She may be frightened, but she doesn't let that stop her from being brave. I also like that she wears glasses. As a glasses wearer myself, I wish more characters had them.
Plus there's the delightful writing style of Roald Dahl. He has a distinct style that I've never seen anyone else use. He keeps things moving and gives the giants exactly what they deserve.
There have been two films made from the BFG. The first was made in 1989 for television. I've never seen this version personally.
Then there is the film that came out Friday. Made by Steven Spielberg and staring Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill, this looks like a fun film. They say it's not quite up to other Spielberg films, but I still want to see it.
Have you read The BFG? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments.