Dahl, Wonka and Gobstoppers…a Threesome

I was tooling around the internet last month looking for topics for September and I came upon something cool. Yesterday was Roald Dahl Day and today is Gobstopper Day…coincidence? I think not and it’s a perfect topic for today.

I LOVE the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It has kids in it, it has a weird, magical man and it has chocolate. What more could a kid want in a story? I don’t remember when I first read this book, but I can tell you I definitely saw “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” first.

Just like “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Sound of Music”, it was a movie we watched every year when it came on television. Back before the days of streaming and DVD’s, even before the VCR, we had to wait for its yearly showing on network TV. It was always a big production with popcorn and my mom would watch with us.

I couldn’t believe how bad the kids were and their parents let them get away with it. All it took was one look of death from my mother to know I better knock it off or I was going to get it. Every time a kid was sent away for being bad, I was glad. They deserved it. I thought Wonka was right in how he handled those brats.

I loved Willie Wonka himself. Gene Wilder was a genius. Everything from his timing to the looks on his face was priceless. As a kid, I just liked his wild hair, purple coat and top hat. As an adult…I love the sarcasm and humor. The way he interacts with the adults is hysterical, which is why my mother watched it with us.

I laughed out loud in a college English class when the professor quoted Ogden Nash’s “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker” line. She asked me what was so funny, and I just said, “Wonka”. It took a minute, but she finally got what I meant, the rest of the class burst into laughter too. The movie came out in 1971, so it kinda belongs to my generation, LOL, but we will share it with others.

Roald Dahl was not thrilled with the movie at all, because it strayed from the story. He totally disowned the movie. As an adult, I tend to think the same thing about books and their movie adaptations, but as far as Wonka goes…I will pick the movie every time.

I know they made another movie in 2005 with Johnny Depp and it is based on the book and more to Dahl’s vision, but I have not seen it. As much as I love Johnny Depp, and I have ever since 21 Jump Street, I can’t bring myself to watch it. He just looks too creepy to me, even by Tim Burton standards. To me, Gene Wilder is the one and only Willie Wonka.

So, how will I celebrate these two “holidays”? I will sit down and watch “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, of course. Before I do, I have to go to the store and pick up some gobstoppers and other Nestle candy. (Nestle Candy Shop was originally known as The Willie Wonka Candy Shop.)

Then I will come home, turn on the television and be in a world of pure imagination…

***Question for the comments…Do you like “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”? Do you have a favorite Roald Dahl book? Have you seen “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”?

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Reading + Collecting=Obsession

I am a lover of the written word. I have been since before I could even read. They used to have these little books that came with a 45 record. As the record played you would follow along with the book. Before I knew what a letter was, I would look more at the words than the pictures. Maybe I somehow knew they would play an important part of my life…maybe not, but I’m glad I paid attention.

Because I love words so much, reading became a part of my everyday life. As a kid in school, I would wait for the scholastic book flyer that came out once a month. Do you remember those? It had a bunch of books available to buy at a very low cost. I would get it, pour over every selection and circle the ones I wanted. Then I would pass it off to my mother who would then tell me I could pick 2 or 3 or whatever she could afford. Then it was back to the drawing board to make my final selections. I would hand it in to the teacher and then wait. A week later they would arrive in school. The teacher would hand you a little stack with a rubber band around them, but you had to put them away until you got home…oh the agony of waiting. How many times did I get “the look” from the nun that said put it away or else? Too many to count, but thankfully I knew better than to find out what that else meant. LOL!

In high school I was the one that always read the book assignments. We were given a book, told to read a certain number of chapters that week and then we had a quiz about it on Friday. I always ended up with English first period, so everyone came to me for the answers. Did I help them out? Let’s just say I finally found a way to make a little bit of extra pocket money during the school year. You gotta pay to play if you want to play with Tracie and books.

I am a collector of books. I love going to the library, but I would rather own them, because I like to underline certain passages and since I don’t like bookmarks, I turn down the corner to mark my spot. (As she is reading this, my sister is shaking her head saying no, no, no, because she thinks this is sacrilegious) I love going to a used bookstore and seeing what other people have done with their books. I have given away and donated many books due to moving around and limited space, so I finally broke down and now use the kindle app. I resisted it for a long time. I needed to feel the pages as I turned them, I didn’t think it would give me the same thrill as holding an actual book. I was wrong. Now I can read from my tablet or from my phone and I have all my books with me, which is cool, because I’m usually reading 2 or 3 at a time.

The only “problem” with the kindle is that my payment information is always there…so I have to be really careful about the “buy it now with one click” button. I do pay monthly for the kindle unlimited, which I love. For a monthly fee you can take out a certain number of books, keep them for as long as you want and then return them. You can even get free books, which is a big plus for me. But you have to be careful, because there is a lot of junk out there in the “free” category. It’s not free if it’s wasting my time.

You may be wondering, with all this reading I do, if I have a favorite book. I have several. Of course, The Bible is at the top of my list. 66 books in one with everything from straight up novel to poems to proverbs to prophecy all about God. You can’t beat it. After that, I love “The Catcher in the Rye” and just about anything from Jack Kerouac. My tastes are all over the place and I never really know what I am going to read next. The best seller lists don’t mean anything to me, and I don’t have a list of what to read next. I just go with the flow of what looks interesting. In fact, I just started a new book today that I want to get back to, so let me go so I can read for a few hours before Neil comes home.

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