The Ultimate Roald Dahl Decisions: What’s Better The Film Or The Book?

The Ultimate Roald Dahl Decisions: What’s Better The Film Or The Book?

It’s Roald Dahl Day and to celebrate we’re taking a look at some of our favourite Roald Dahl books and their film adaptations to decide which is better: the film or the book?

Make sure you vote in our twitter polls at @studentbeans to have your say!

MATILDA

THE BOOK

Oh, Matilda. You made reading seem cool. Roald Dahl highlights the amazing benefits of reading from a young age (you’ll be way smarter and probably magic) whilst creating a really lovely book in itself. What a champ. 

On the other hand, it also made me scared of school. Roald Dahl created one of the most terrifying teachers ever in the form of Ms. Trunchbull and even sweet Miss Honey couldn’t turn that one around for me. 

THE FILM

Danny DeVito. Nuff said.

Verdict: The Book

Whilst the film is so very good, we can’t dismiss the fact that this book made us feel cool to be reading and therefore we cannot condone rating the film over it (even if we do love it).

THE BFG

THE FILM

The BFG is an absolute classic. Occasionally when I see someone wearing a long black coat in the street I get flashbacks to the opening scene that somehow terrified me despite the fact it is literally just a man running in a coat. I was a timid child. The film has one of the best ever songs from Roald Dahl films in it, and if you’re not already singing, “Whizzpop whizzbang feel the bubbles go down”, then you’re a wrong ‘un. 

THE BOOK

The book was definitely a favourite, but was a slightly irritating read due to The BFG barely speaking English and the fact that Sophie is such a god awful brat of a child that it was hard to empathise with her. I’m not sure whether reading the word “rhinostossterisses” is worse or better than hearing it.

Verdict: The Film

Seriously, you can’t deny that this song makes the film way better.

THE WITCHES

THE FILM

Utterly terrifying. It seems to be a running theme through Roald Dahl. The scene where the head witch rips her mask off to reveal her horrific face was a thing of nightmares. Not to mention the fact that she looked just like my cello teacher in the mask, so that definitely sways the decision for all of you.

THE BOOK

Still scary, but less so. Nobody can be that scared of Quentin Blake’s illustrations, that’s for sure. The illustrations in this book are perfect and the story is a bit scary as a kid, but definitely not as horrifying as the film.

The Verdict: The Book

Seriously, that film was too scary. 

FANTASTIC MR FOX

THE BOOK

This story is everything you could want in a children’s book. It is full of wit, fun and adventure! The book is a thinner one from Roald Dahl, but it’s definitely not lacking. 

THE FILM

Wes Anderson’s version of Fantastic Mr Fox was amazing. End of. The stop-motion animation certainly gave this exciting children’s book the charm that it’s entitled to. It’s quirky, it’s funny and it has George Clooney playing a fox – what more could you ask for?

The Verdict: The Film

I’m sorry, but you can’t beat a bit of Wes

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