With Roald Dahl Day 2015 now upon us, we at Book People wanted to celebrate the day with our lovely customers. So we thought it would be fun to ask them – as they know Roald Dahl’s books better than anyone – which of Roald Dahl characters are their favourites. Do you agree with Book People’s customers’ picks, or do you think another of Roald Dahl’s characters deserves a place in the top 10? Let us know…
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Book-lovers around the country celebrate the life of the nation’s favourite storyteller, Roald Dahl, on 13 September every year. On what would have been his 99th birthday, we can’t see any reason why not to indulge in a swishwhiffling whale of a time this year, too. Every one of his children’s novels has become a classic and we’d love to hear all about your favourite Roald Dahl stories.
To mark one of the best literary occasions of the year, we’ve brought together ten of our favourite Roald Dahl quotes.
‘Don’t gobblefunk around with words.’
‘If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.
A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.’
‘All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen.’
‘I am the maker of music, the dreamer of dreams!’
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
‘Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t.’
Danny, the Champion of the World
‘There are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven’t even started wondering about yet.’
James and the Giant Peach
‘He thought for the thousandth time how pretty she was, how sweet and gentle and full of kindness, and his heart ached with love.’
‘It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.’
‘I understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m gonna ignore your advice.’
Fantastic Mr. Fox
‘Never grow up…always down.’
George’s Marvellous Medicine
Earlier this week, we took a look at some of the classic novels you always wanted to read, but have never got around to… Following the record-breaking success of Go Set A Watchman, we’ve now chosen some of our favourite books from this fantastic list.
The books featured here are ones that, in our experience, a lot of people claim to love and have read… But not all are telling the truth! The books are well worth your time and fully deserving of their classic statuses.
Go Set a Watchman, the long-awaited sequel to Harper Lee’s Kill a Mockingbird, was published this week and it got all of us at the Book People thinking about some of the classics of literature, especially those ones that have long been on your reading list but you’ve never quite got around to reading…
Luckily, we have a list of classics that you need to read over in our category ‘Must-read books’. From the gothic haunting of the Woman in Black to the period romance of Pride and Prejudice and contemporary American fiction from the likes of John Steinbeck (Of Mice and Men) and Edith Wharton (The Age of Innocence), you’ll find all the classic books you ever wanted to read. Many of the books, like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, have engrained themselves in the public consciousness and it’s fascinating to read the book for the first time and realise just why they have become so culturally important.
Among our other favourite classic books that many know all about from their hit film adaptations or from studying at school (therefore well worth reading back as an adult for pure enjoyment!) are F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.
It is a wonderful feeling to finish a classic book and discover for yourself what all the fuss is about, and where better to buy these novels than the Book People? We provide amazing savings on all the books featured in the category and are certain you’ll love them just as much as their reputation suggests.
We adore the cinema here at the Book People. The big screen, the smell of popcorn, the shushing of talkers… We have a lot of love for film, especially when the movies are adaptations of bestselling books. 2015 has been a huge year for literary adaptations already with the likes of Far from the Madding Crowd, Child 44 and Fifty Shades of Grey all proving enormous hits.
Although not all films capture the spirits of the book entirely, we’re always willing to watch adaptations to see the direction in which the film heads. With plenty of adaptations to come before the end of the year, we thought it would be a good idea to look at some of the films coming up. And the books you should read up on before going to see them!
John Green’s Paper Towns
In cinemas 17 August
John Green is one of the most popular authors writing for young adults at the moment and after the all-conquering success of the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars (have you stopped crying yet, because we certainly haven’t…), it was only a matter of time before Hollywood decided to tackle some of his other bestselling novels. Paper Towns, starring the popular model and actress Cara Delevingne and TFIOS actor Nat Wolff, is sure to be on every teenager’s must-watch list.
A road trip with a difference, the story follows Quentin and his unrequited crush Margo Spiegelman as they head off on a revenge journey. But the morning after the best night of Quentin’s life, Margo has gone missing – and seems to have left clues just for him to discover her whereabouts!
A coming-of-age story that manages to recall the atmosphere of Catcher in the Rye but with the added element of a Scooby Doo-esque mystery, we cannot recommend you read this book before seeing the film enough!