Willy Wonka and Other Psychopaths
Bad Girl Warning / Roald Dahl

Willy Wonka and Other Psychopaths

Some of the great characters from children’s literature take the Hare PCL-R test for psychopathy. Think of villains like Lord Voldemort, Miss Slighcarp, the Twits – extreme psychopaths. But what of the heroes? Psychopaths aren’t necessarily sadistic murderers, they can be people in positions of power: surgeons, politicians, CEOs of chocolate factories… Continue reading

Fantastic Mr Fox illustrated by Donald Chaffin
Roald Dahl / The Illustrated

Fantastic Mr Fox illustrated by Donald Chaffin

Wes Anderson’s stop-motion adaptation of Fantastic Mr Fox is undoubtedly the best film of any of Dahl’s children’s books. But I was a bit unsure about the ending (spoiler alert). The original sees the Fox family ingeniously outwitting the waiting farmers by tunnelling into their store rooms and feasting on their supplies. Anderson takes them … Continue reading