Book vs. Movie: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Today I want to ramble a bit about a famous children’s book and a classic movie. In 1964 Roald Dahl wrote the story of Charlie, a poor little boy, and Willy Wonka a chocolate genius. Seven years later director Mel Stuart made this sugar sweet world come to life!


The Plot:
The Bucket family is poor. Very poor. So when Charlie, a lovely little kid, is more than excited when he gets a bar of chocolate for his birthday. But this time it’s not only because of the chocolate. Something very special is about to happen. Willy Wonka, owner of the chocolate factory, will open his doors for five lucky people. Golden tickets are hidden inside five bars of chocolate…


Book vs. Movie:
I can’t even tell you how much I love the movie adaptation with Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. This film is truly magical. Although I am not a big fan of musical, I can sing along to each song in this one. Mel Stuart created a colorful world that invites you to dream.

So, I was pretty excited to finally check out the book. The one I got from the library also feature some illustrations, that means double fun, right?
Turns out, it’s not. First of all, I disliked the pictures. There were not near as exciting or lovely as any part of the movie. In fact all the drawings seemed dull and boring, I definitely expected something better.
However, the book itself also let me down a bit. Usually the adaptations are not as impressive as the novel but in this case it’s the other way round. To be honest, not only the drawings felt a little lifeless. The story itself and the picture Roald Dahl paints with his words is not nearly as breath-taking and entertaining as the film. It’s a decent story but you don’t get dragged in, you don’t end up wishing you could actually visit Willy Wonka factory. Moreover, Gene Wilder’s interpretation of Mr. Wonka was by far funny than how he was depicted in the book. This being a story for children you’d expect it to be silly or a bit more imaginative.

Summing up I can clearly vote for the film in this case. The adaptation is far lovelier than the book!


What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Book vs. Movie: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    • When I think of that version, the word that comes to mind is ‘weird’. It’s a typical Tim Burton movie and therefore very different from the original movie.
      The old version is just sweet, cute and magical.
      The new version is like a weird drug trip^^ Not bad but just completely different.


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