History Creator / RoaldDahl

18th Nov '17 3:56:29 PM 8BrickMario
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* ChildHater: A frequent antagonist type in his stories-- Miss Trunchbull, the Grand High Witch, and Aunts Sponge and Spiker are some of the more notable ones. This theme is likely inspired by the real-life examples he observed in his brutal teachers and headmasters (and Mrs. Pratchett). He even [[CanonForeigner added two of them]] (Baroness Bomburst and the Child Catcher) into ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang''! Of course, these child-haters are always countered by kind and caring adults who provide the necessary love for the victimized children.



* CreatorCameo: In ''Literature/DannyTheChampionOfTheWorld'' Danny's father tells a story about a giant who blows dreams into children's bed rooms when they are sleeping. This is a nod to own of Dahl's later stories ''Literature/TheBFG''.



* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to many children's stories Dahl's books do have a dark edge to them. They often showcase BlackComedy and scenes that have worried parents and teachers because they fear they are too horrifying or sadistic for young readers. Yet Dahl has been popular with children for decades.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to many children's stories stories, Dahl's books do have a dark edge to them. They often showcase BlackComedy and scenes that have worried parents and teachers because they fear they are too horrifying or sadistic for young readers. Yet Dahl has been popular with children for decades.



* EarlyBirdCameo: In ''Literature/DannyTheChampionOfTheWorld'' Danny's father tells a story about a giant who blows dreams into children's bed rooms when they are sleeping. This is a nod to one of Dahl's later stories ''Literature/TheBFG''.



* GoodParents: With the prominent exception of ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'', all of his characters are shown to have very loving and supportive parents. Unfortunately, most of them wind up dead in the first chapter, while the rest, despite their love for their children cannot sufficiently provide for them, either because of financial circumstances or because they are too reckless and foolhardy.

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* GoodParents: With the prominent exception of ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'', all of his characters are shown to have very loving and supportive parents. Unfortunately, most of them wind up dead in parents or guardians. Either these parents die before the first chapter, while the rest, despite their love for their children story starts or cannot sufficiently provide for them, either because their children, or the child eventually finds loving guardians to take care of financial circumstances or because they are too reckless and foolhardy.them.



* HumansAreBastards: Dahl had a rather cynical way of portraying his villains. Characters like Mrs. Trunchbull, Matilda's parents (''Literature/{{Matilda}}''), the parents and children whom Charlie and his grandfather have to compete with (''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''), Henry Sugar (''The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar''), James's aunts (''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach''), Captain Lancaster (''Literature/DannyTheChampionOfTheWorld''), Mr. and Mrs. Twit (''Literature/TheTwits''), George's grandmother (''Literature/GeorgesMarvelousMedicine''), the giants (''Literature/TheBFG''), the witches (''Literature/TheWitches''), ... are all despicable buffoonish beings who love to torment other people.
* InfantImmortality: Children get tortured, humiliated, beaten, but seldom die. Two notable exceptions are the novels ''Literature/TheWitches'' and ''Literature/TheBFG'' where children are victims of witches and cannibalistic giants.

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* HumansAreBastards: Dahl had a rather cynical way of portraying his villains. Characters like Mrs. Trunchbull, Matilda's parents (''Literature/{{Matilda}}''), the parents and children whom Charlie and his grandfather have to compete with (''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''), Henry Sugar (''The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar''), James's aunts (''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach''), Captain Lancaster (''Literature/DannyTheChampionOfTheWorld''), Mr. and Mrs. Twit (''Literature/TheTwits''), George's grandmother (''Literature/GeorgesMarvelousMedicine''), the giants (''Literature/TheBFG''), the witches (''Literature/TheWitches''), ... are all despicable buffoonish beings who love to torment other people. \n In contrast, the good characters are almost all flawless and pure.
* InfantImmortality: Children get tortured, humiliated, beaten, but seldom die. Two notable exceptions are the novels ''Literature/TheWitches'' and ''Literature/TheBFG'' where children are victims of witches and cannibalistic giants.giants, though we are spared the first-person view.
17th Nov '17 7:20:27 AM Hedging
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* GoodParents: With the prominent exception of ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'', all of his characters are shown to have very loving and supportive parents. Unfortunately, most of them wind up dead in the first chapter, while the rest, despite their love for their children cannot sufficiently provide for them, either because of finanicial circumstances or because they are too reckless and foolhardy.

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* GoodParents: With the prominent exception of ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'', all of his characters are shown to have very loving and supportive parents. Unfortunately, most of them wind up dead in the first chapter, while the rest, despite their love for their children cannot sufficiently provide for them, either because of finanicial financial circumstances or because they are too reckless and foolhardy.
27th Oct '17 8:07:14 PM FactoidCow
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* GoodParents: With the prominent exception of ''Literature/Matilda'', all of his characters are shown to have very loving and supportive parents. Unfortunately, most of them wind up dead in the first chapter, while the rest, despite their love for their children cannot sufficiently provide for them, either because of finanicial circumstances or because they are too reckless and foolhardy.

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* GoodParents: With the prominent exception of ''Literature/Matilda'', ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'', all of his characters are shown to have very loving and supportive parents. Unfortunately, most of them wind up dead in the first chapter, while the rest, despite their love for their children cannot sufficiently provide for them, either because of finanicial circumstances or because they are too reckless and foolhardy.
23rd Oct '17 6:59:08 PM MackWylde
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* HumansAreBastards and HumansAreMorons: Dahl had a rather cynical way of looking at people. Characters like Mrs. Trunchbull, Matilda's parents (''Literature/{{Matilda}}''), the parents and children whom Charlie and his grandfather have to compete with (''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''), Henry Sugar (''The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar''), James's aunts (''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach''), Captain Lancaster (''Literature/DannyTheChampionOfTheWorld''), Mr. and Mrs. Twit (''Literature/TheTwits''), George's grandmother (''Literature/GeorgesMarvelousMedicine''), the giants (''Literature/TheBFG''), the witches (''Literature/TheWitches''), ... are all despicable buffoonish beings who love to torment other people.

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* HumansAreBastards and HumansAreMorons: HumansAreBastards: Dahl had a rather cynical way of looking at people.portraying his villains. Characters like Mrs. Trunchbull, Matilda's parents (''Literature/{{Matilda}}''), the parents and children whom Charlie and his grandfather have to compete with (''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''), Henry Sugar (''The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar''), James's aunts (''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach''), Captain Lancaster (''Literature/DannyTheChampionOfTheWorld''), Mr. and Mrs. Twit (''Literature/TheTwits''), George's grandmother (''Literature/GeorgesMarvelousMedicine''), the giants (''Literature/TheBFG''), the witches (''Literature/TheWitches''), ... are all despicable buffoonish beings who love to torment other people.
23rd Oct '17 6:56:21 PM MackWylde
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: There is surprisingly a strong amount of both. Some stories could have mean-spirited world and horrible adults as well as a lot of dark content for a children's novel, but the kids, the good people, and the sense of warmth and whimsy created a fair balance of pure optimism with harsh cynicism.
17th Oct '17 9:07:13 AM Hedging
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14th Oct '17 7:39:52 PM dlchen145
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Roald Dahl was a Norwegian-British author (Sept. 13, 1916 - Nov. 23, 1990) most famous for his distinctively dark but often whimsical children's novels and poetry collections, though he started out as a writer of short stories for adults.

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Roald Dahl was a Norwegian-British author (Sept. (September 13, 1916 - Nov. November 23, 1990) most famous for his distinctively dark but often whimsical children's novels and poetry collections, though he started out as a writer of short stories for adults.
22nd Sep '17 12:05:09 PM Hedging
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* GoodParents: With the prominent exception of ''Literature/Matilda'', all of his characters are shown to have very loving and supportive parents. Unfortunately, most of them wind up dead in the first chapter, while the rest, despite their love for their children cannot sufficiently provide for them, either because of finanicial circumstances or because they are too reckless and foolhardy.
15th Sep '17 12:23:14 PM Hedging
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Dahl's eventual emergence as a full-time children's writer began in the early 1960s, after ''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' and ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' became a huge success. Other popular titles followed in quick succession, accelerating into the 1980s, when Dahl was well into his sixties/seventies: ''Literature/TheBFG'', ''Literature/TheWitches'', ''Literature/{{Matilda}}''. DAhl initially hired a different illustrator for each book that he wrote, until that task was secured for the remainder of his career by master of loopy sketchiness, Quentin Blake, who would also provide his own illustrations for all of Dahl's books that were ''not'' initially illustrated by him, finishing with ''The Minpins'' in 2017. Almost all of his juvenile books have been made into movies the iconic ''Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'' more than once though he [[CreatorBacklash so disliked]] ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' that it was nearly 15 years before he allowed another of his books to be adapted (and he didn't like ''Literature/TheWitches'' much either). Curiously, no two of these movies were made by the same person. Particularly in the U.K., stage adaptations of his work are numerous as well; in TheNewTens, ''Theatre/{{Matilda}}'' and ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' have both become successful West End musicals.

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Dahl's eventual emergence as a full-time children's writer began in the early 1960s, after ''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' and ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' became a huge success. Other popular titles followed in quick succession, accelerating into the 1980s, when Dahl was well into his sixties/seventies: ''Literature/TheBFG'', ''Literature/TheWitches'', ''Literature/{{Matilda}}''. DAhl Dahl initially hired a different illustrator for each book that he wrote, until that task was secured for the remainder of his career in 1978 by master of loopy sketchiness, Quentin Blake, who would also provide his own illustrations for all of Dahl's books that were ''not'' initially illustrated by him, finishing with ''The Minpins'' in 2017. Almost all of his juvenile books have been made into movies the iconic ''Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'' more than once though he [[CreatorBacklash so disliked]] ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' that it was nearly 15 years before he allowed another of his books to be adapted (and he didn't like ''Literature/TheWitches'' much either). Curiously, no two of these movies were made by the same person. Particularly in the U.K., stage adaptations of his work are numerous as well; in TheNewTens, ''Theatre/{{Matilda}}'' and ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' have both become successful West End musicals.
15th Sep '17 12:21:49 PM Hedging
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Dahl's eventual emergence as a full-time children's writer began in the early 1960s, after ''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' and ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' became a huge success. Other popular titles followed in quick succession, accelerating into the 1980s, when Dahl was well into his sixties/seventies: ''Literature/TheBFG'', ''Literature/TheWitches'', ''Literature/{{Matilda}}''... Staring with ''The Enormous Crocodile'', the illustration duty for his books was secured by master of loopy sketchiness, Quentin Blake, signature style fit the bizarre tone of his books quite well. Almost all of his juvenile books have been made into movies the iconic ''Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'' more than once though he [[CreatorBacklash so disliked]] ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' that it was nearly 15 years before he allowed another of his books to be adapted (and he didn't like ''Literature/TheWitches'' much either). Curiously, no two of these movies were made by the same person. Particularly in the U.K., stage adaptations of his work are numerous as well; in TheNewTens, ''Theatre/{{Matilda}}'' and ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' have both become successful West End musicals.

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Dahl's eventual emergence as a full-time children's writer began in the early 1960s, after ''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' and ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' became a huge success. Other popular titles followed in quick succession, accelerating into the 1980s, when Dahl was well into his sixties/seventies: ''Literature/TheBFG'', ''Literature/TheWitches'', ''Literature/{{Matilda}}''... Staring with ''The Enormous Crocodile'', the illustration duty ''Literature/{{Matilda}}''. DAhl initially hired a different illustrator for his books each book that he wrote, until that task was secured for the remainder of his career by master of loopy sketchiness, Quentin Blake, signature style fit the bizarre tone of who would also provide his own illustrations for all of Dahl's books quite well.that were ''not'' initially illustrated by him, finishing with ''The Minpins'' in 2017. Almost all of his juvenile books have been made into movies the iconic ''Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'' more than once though he [[CreatorBacklash so disliked]] ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' that it was nearly 15 years before he allowed another of his books to be adapted (and he didn't like ''Literature/TheWitches'' much either). Curiously, no two of these movies were made by the same person. Particularly in the U.K., stage adaptations of his work are numerous as well; in TheNewTens, ''Theatre/{{Matilda}}'' and ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' have both become successful West End musicals.
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