1. I think a lot of us that read the book feel the same way about the TV thing. I see it so much in my little grand-niece. She’s 1 right now and I notice that she is playing away and running around and talking to us and making us laugh and as soon as we turn on the TV she zones out, quits paying attention to us, her toys, the dogs…everything. It mesmerizes her. Those aren’t the memories I want her to have when she grows up, so I turn the TV off right away!

  2. Reading it as an adult, I enjoyed seeing how much from the book was taken verbatim in the movie, as well as what was added. One of my favorite lines, “We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams,” (said by Wonka to Violet Beauregard, was not in the book. Makes me realize that its hard to separate what I actually read as a child with what I saw on film. I’m sure one very much influenced the other.

    • A lot of the really good quotes in the Gene Wilder version are famous quotes (the one you mentioned is from “Ode” by Arthur O’Shaughnessy). “Bubbles, bubbles, everywhere but not a drop to drink” is a variation of “Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.” – “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. I did find it enjoyable as an adult trying to figure out which ones are key phrases that should be explored more.

  3. I don’t recall reading the book as a child so this was my first time. I’m also not sure I’ve seen the original movie. I LOVED the book and really like the newer movie. I’m on the look out for the older movie to watch it with my kids. They both read the book with me.

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