Book Vs Movie: Matilda

Hi everyone! I’m really excited for this week’s Book Vs Movie, I’m talking about one of my favourite books, a classic of my childhood: Matilda (yes I realise that Roald Dahl was racist, anti-semitic and misogynistic, apparently becoming an adult is basically realising that all the authors you loved as a kid either are or were trash human beings). Still, young me would not be the same reader I am today without Matilda, so I guess I just love the book whilst still accepting that Roald Dahl wasn’t a great person.

Book Thoughts:


This book meant so much to me as a kid, it was probably the first time I ever felt really “seen” by a book. I wasn’t like Matilda, devouring Dickens and Hemingway at 5, and my parents weren’t abusive like the Wormwoods, but I could definitely understand Matilda’s love of adventuring through her books and her feeling of being seen and feeling less alone through reading. Miss Trunchbull is one of the first book villains I remember being truly terrified of, way before Voldemort or Umbridge!

Movie Thoughts:

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I did like the movie, but there’s a lot of things that they diverge from the book that I didn’t love. I didn’t love that they Americanized it, that they made her telekinetic powers into some kind of superhero like thing and she didn’t have to work as hard to control them and the humour of the book isn’t really evident in the movie. It’s not a bad film by any means, I did enjoy it and it does largely stay true to the book, with some small exceptions.

Movie or Book Judgement:

Book! The movie is good, and it’s cast well, but nothing can really top the book of Matilda for me, as one of my childhood favourites.

That’s it for this month’s Book Vs Movie, I’ll be back next month, talking about teen classic, The Princess Diaries.

2 thoughts on “Book Vs Movie: Matilda

  1. Time for tales and tea 02/03/2020 / 6:19 pm

    Great choice for this book vs movie! It’s actually one of the few cases in which I liked the movie more than the book. Matilda is actually one of my favourite movies, while the book isn’t a favourite. I saw the movie many times before reading the book, so that definitively has something to with it. What I loved in the movie that wasn’t in the book is the scene where Matilda uses her powers to let everything in house fly around and the parts where she enters Miss Trunchbull’s house.

    • iloveheartlandx 05/03/2020 / 9:53 am

      Thanks! Oh yeah, it definitely depends which you are more familiar with, I usually find when I see the film first, I prefer it as well (though not always). I liked the bit in Miss Trunchbull’s house, but I wasn’t a fan of the way they made her powers so superhero like in the movie, I preferred the subtler way she used her powers in the book.

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