To date, seven of Roald Dahl’s 17 children’s stories have been adapted into live action and animated films. In each adaptation, the director has expanded the implications of Dahl’s narratives by introducing new themes and concerns, and placing the stories in broader political contexts which can be particularly appreciated by adult viewers. Many adult viewers are familiar with the original Dahl stories, having read them as children, so watching these adaptations is part of an ‘ongoing dialogic process’ in which they compare the work they already know with the one on the screen.1 As a result, the viewing experience creates a sense of metatextuality, simultaneously adding texture and context to the tales, making them more relevant, more timely and more mature. In other words, these film versions are Dahl’s children’s stories, all grown up.
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