Netflix announced the purchase of Roald Dahl Story Company (RDSC). This is the company that handles the rights of the British writer Roald dahl. Suddenly, this name does not seem so familiar to those who are not immersed in the world of literature. But when titles like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda are mentioned, the relationship with the author is likely to change.
Dahl is responsible for the works that led to those films and several more that are within the imagination of some generations who grew up with these stories, both written and adapted to the big screen. Therefore, Netflix acquired the company that manages the narrative legacy of an author who, in one way or another, is in the memory of some people.
However, in relation to his figure, his profile may not be as well known. Within literature, Roald Dahl is well esteemed for a work nurtured within different narrative genres. Taking into account the productive potential that Netflix has, it is valid to suspect that having Roald Dahl’s catalog of stories may be the first step in a series of adaptations.
Roald Dahl, one of the most important children’s voices in literature
Roald Dahl, portrayed by Carl van Vechten.
Roald Dahl was born in Cardiff on September 13, 1916. Although he died in 1990, Netflix’s interest in his work suggests that, some time later, part of his stories and stories are still valid today. In fact, two of his best-known works, as a result of his film adaptations, have a background of themes and complexities pertinent today.
It should be remembered, as the journalist Virginia Hernández points out, that Roald Dahl is one of the most important inspirations of the writer JK Rowling, recognized globally for being the author of the entire Harry Potter book saga. As Hernández mentions, Dahl built his prestige from “unexpected endings and mischievous and eccentric characters, who question authority, and adults who most of the time are mere cretins”.
Matilda, in that sense, is one of the key characters to exemplify the complexity of the stories elaborated by Dahl. A girl with special abilities finds in literature the knowledge of a universe through which to achieve peace and fun that she does not find at home, with quite particular parents, to say the least. Among the possible interpretations, one of the questions that can be drawn from that story is related to the way in which female childhood is treated or what are the stigmas that are promoted from an early age.
Its narrative relevance
These questions, in a world progressively open to the gender agenda, are pertinent. Dahl had already been proposing them for years. In El País, regarding the 100 years of his birth, they indicated in relation to Dahl: “His narratives are full of funny and unexpected twists but full of reflections. They are fables that invite you to think; Timeless journeys whose starting point is always the world of childhood. Maybe because Roald Dahl never quite forgot the boy he once was. “
He kept that spirit despite going through different complex personal circumstances. One of them was war. The journalist Isabel Zapata remembers it in Letras Libres:
“In 1940 Roald Dahl had an accident while piloting a Royal Air Force (FRG) plane through the Libyan desert. The war was just beginning and the young aviator had already been unable to fight: his nose was shattered, a serious contusion on his spine and his eyes were so damaged that for days the doctors assumed that he had lost his sight ”.
Why is this episode important? Because, as Zapata points out in his note, different circumstances after that episode brought Dalh closer to literary writing. Part of his work is made up of titles such as:
The Gremlins (1943) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 1964) Danny the World Champion (Danny, the Champion of the World, 1975) Los Cretinos (The Twits, 1980) The Great Good-natured Giant (The BFG, 1982) The witches (The Witches, 1983) Matilda (Matilda, 1988) Tales in verse for wicked children (1982) What disgusting critters! (1984)
Through those titles, and several more within an extensive literary work, the author constructed evaluations such as the following, shared by Natalie Wallace, who is part of the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, for the work of Virginia Hérnandez: “Dahl is probably the most important children’s book writer of the 20th century and kids love it. “
Some famous quotes from Roald Dahl
Icon made a compilation of several of his most famous expressions. Here we share only five of them:
“He who doesn’t believe in magic will never find it.” “Sex is like sticking your finger in your nose: it’s great when you do it yourself, but it’s disgusting to watch others do it.” “It doesn’t matter what you are or look like someone loves you. ”“ If you are interested in something, whatever it is, go for it, embrace it, love it and, above all, be passionate about it. Warm is not good. Neither is it hot. Being incandescent and passionate is the only option. ”“ There are times when something is so scary that it fascinates you and you can’t stop looking at it. ”
It remains to be seen what Netflix will invent with one of the most valuable voices in the recent history of literature.