Who makes a better Willy Wonka? I looked at both movie versions along with the book (which I just read for the first time, at least as far as I remember) in today's Books on Screen column at 5 Minutes for Books. Everyone has an opinion, so weigh in with yours over on that post.
I alluded to this in that post, but the more I think about it, the more amazing it is to me: Roald Dahl's book of children's vices is almost prophetic.
The book was published in 1964. He gave us the stereotypical bad child: overly competitive and obnoxious (signified by Violet Beauregard's gum-chewing), gluttonous and lacking self-control, bratty, and TV-addicted. In 1964, how many kids were obsessed with TV (it wasn't even on all day long), or truly overweight and gluttonous, or even bratty and spoiled? But in the late 70s and 80s through today -- absolutely.
The more recent movie put a little more blame on the parents for creating the children, as did the book originally. But from what I understand, the overindulgence of children didn't really begin until the 70's when our moms were guilty for going back to work and intensified in the 80's when "quality time" replaced real parenting.
Kudos to Roald Dahl. I haven't read any more of his books either, so are there any others that will amaze me?