Tag: Roald Dahl

  • Danny The Champion Of The World by Roald Dahl Novel Study

    Danny The Champion Of The World by Roald Dahl Novel Study

    As an English speaking child of the 80s I grew up on a heavy diet of Roald Dahl. Danny The Champion Of The World (1975) stands out in my adult memory my favourite Dahl story, perhaps only bested by the frisson of horror left by The Witches (in which I actually examined my J2 teacher, thinking she might be a witch. Fortunately she didn’t wear gloves, which absolved her.)

  • Zoomorphism and Chremamorphism

    Zoomorphism and Chremamorphism

    In literature, an object with human characteristics is called ‘personification‘. Granting an animal human-like characteristics is called ‘anthropomorphism‘. (Anthropo = human being, as in ‘anthropology’. ‘Morph’ = change.) Both personification and anthropomorphism are types of metaphors. But what do you call it when it’s the other way round? i.e., when a human being is compared […]

  • Back For Christmas by John Collier Analysis

    Back For Christmas by John Collier Analysis

    As soon as I read “Back For Christmas” by John Collier (1939) I thought of Roald Dahl. Sure enough, I google both names in a single search and learn that, for Dahl, among many other male writers, Collier is listed as a heavy influence. Credit where credit is due, though: Roald Dahl’s two most famous…

  • Lamb To The Slaughter by Roald Dahl Analysis

    “Lamb to the Slaughter” is one of Roald Dahl’s most widely read short stories, studied in high school English classes around the English speaking world. In this post I take a close look at the structure from a writing point of view. Why has this story found such wide love? What appeals? STORY STRUCTURE OF…

  • Matilda by Roald Dahl Novel Study

    Matilda by Roald Dahl Novel Study

    Matilda is a classic, best-selling children’s book first published in 1988. This story draws from a history of children’s literature such as classic fairytales and Anne of Green Gables. Matilda was written by Roald Dahl, but significantly improved by a talented editor and publisher, Steven Roxburgh. For half of his writing career, Dahl wrote for adults.…

  • Fabulism In Children’s Literature

    FABULISM: WHAT IS IT? In fabulism, fantastical elements are placed in an everyday setting. It’s called ‘fabulism’ because authors are playing with realism by making use of elements of fable. For the definition of a fable, see here. COMMON FEATURES OF FABULIST FICTION ornate Gothic subjective dream-like surreal emphasis on idea or theme settings in…

  • The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake

    For fans of Into The Woods by John Yorke, The Enormous Crocodile is an example of a story which mirrors itself perfectly. PARATEXT The Enormous Crocodile is incredibly hungry-and incredibly greedy. His favourite meal is a plump, juicy little child, and he intends to gobble up as many of them as he can! But when…

  • Teachers In Children’s Literature

    Teachers In Children’s Literature

    Teachers in children’s stories can be mentors, opponents, fake opponents, or very much background characters. In young adult literature, teachers can (problematically) be love opponents. Why is it that English, drama and music teachers are most often recalled as our mentors and inspirations? Maybe because artists are rarely members of the popular crowd. Roger Ebert…

  • Carrie Storytelling Techniques

    Carrie Storytelling Techniques

    This is a remake of a 1976 movie based on Stephen King’s 1974 (breakout) novel, Carrie. Critics don’t like this new one much. The criticism is mostly that the remake was unnecessary because the first adaptation was so good. The original has a slower, more sinister pace and the main thing the reboot did was…

  • Storytelling Notes On A Series Of Unfortunate Events (2017)

    Storytelling Notes On A Series Of Unfortunate Events (2017)

    Daniel Handler wrote the teleplay (as well as the books) to the Netflix adaptation of A Series Of Unfortunate Events. The author’s voice and politics come through loud and clear.

  • River Symbolism In Storytelling

    River Symbolism In Storytelling

    here there is a river there is symbolism. At least, in stories. The nature of rivers also differs between cultures.

  • What Is Surrealism?

    What Is Surrealism?

    The word ‘surrealism’ has a different use in everyday English from its meaning in critical discourse. Surrealism in everyday English: I don’t understand it. Weird somehow. Creepy. Like a dream. Disparate things are together and don’t make sense. Surrealism in critical discourse: Over and above. Literally, super-real (from French). ‘Surreal’ is a modern word and does…