Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The BFG Excerpt

As not too many of you probably know, this is Roald Dahl Month! Even more excitingly, if he was alive right now, he'd be 100 YEARS OLD (or at least he would be as of yesterday)!! I Absolutely adore him as a writer, and read everything he wrote as a kid. His books were always so whimsical and honestly just wonderful to read. My absolute favorite one of his books was The BFG. It was so happy and sweet and lovely, aaaaand the movie just came out. I'm not going to drone on about how much I adored the movie because that's not what this post is about, but I definitely suggest that you go out and pick up the book, and then make all your friends do the same, and after that you should get the whole gang together and watch the movie. I promise that what I'm suggesting for you to do is the right choice and let me prove it to you. 

Here is a glorious excerpt of the book:

Sophie couldn’t sleep.

A brilliant moonbeam was slanting through a gap in the curtains. It was shining right on to her pillow.
The other children in the dormitory had been asleep for hours.
Sophie closed her eyes and lay quite still. She tried very hard to doze off.
It was no good. The moonbeam was like a silver blade slicing through the room on to her face.
The house was absolutely silent. No voices came up from downstairs. There were no footsteps on the floor above either.
The window behind the curtain was wide open, but nobody was walking on the pavement outside. No cars went by on the street. Not the tiniest sound could be heard anywhere. Sophie had never known such a silence.
Perhaps, she told herself, this was what they called the witching hour.
The witching hour, somebody had once whispered to her, was a special moment in the middle of the night when every child and every grown-up was in a deep deep sleep, and all the dark things came out from hiding and had the world to themselves.

The moonbeam was brighter than ever on Sophie’s pillow. She decided to get out of bed and close the gap in the curtains.
You got punished if you were caught out of bed after lights-out. Even if you said you had to go to the lavatory, that was not accepted as an excuse and they punished you just the same. But there was no one about now, Sophie was sure of that.
She reached out for her glasses that lay on the chair beside her bed. They had steel rims and very thick lenses, and she could hardly see a thing without them. She put them on, then she slipped out of bed and tip-toed over to the window.

When she reached the curtains, Sophie hesitated. She longed to duck underneath them and lean out of the window to see what the world looked like now that the witching hour was at hand.
She listened again. Everywhere it was deathly still.
The longing to look out became so strong she couldn’t resist it. Quickly, she ducked under the curtains and leaned out of the window. In the silvery moonlight, the village street she knew so well seemed completely different. The houses looked bent and crooked, like houses in a fairy tale. Everything was pale and ghostly and milky-white.
Across the road, she could see Mrs Rance’s shop, where you bought buttons and wool and bits of elastic. It didn’t look real. There was something dim and misty about that too.
Sophie allowed her eye to travel further and further down the street.
Suddenly she froze. There was something coming up the street on the opposite side.
It was something black…
Something tall and black…
Something very tall and very black and very thin.

OOOOhhhh does this not sound like the best book ever! You really should go read it. I love it, and you will too if you would just give it a go and pick it up.

Now let me walk you through a few book covers this book has had in order from the newest to the oldest (or the order as best as I could figure out):

This is a pretty new edition of The BFG, and it takes elements from the other covers. I think it looks really good :)

This is obviously the movie edition, and another reminder that you should see the movie. I absolutely love this cover, and even though it's a different design than the others, I adore it.

If I'm being perfectly honest, I have no idea what this cover is, but I'm showing it because I think it is gorgeous, and I WANT IT!

This is one of the many covers with the BFG holding small Sophie as if calling the book the "Big Friendly GIANT" wasn't enough to prove that there were giants in it.

From looking at the cover, I think we can all deduce that this is the 30 year anniversary cover of the book, and I just want to say that I love how amiable the BFG always looks. It makes me so happy because it's a perfect representation of the character because he's so sweet and I love him.

This is another super cute cover, and the colors look adorable together, and OMG ITS THE BFG RUNNING IN THE BACK I DIDNT NOTICE THAT BEFORE!!!!! I love this book if you can't tell.

This is the edition that I read as a small child, so it will forever have a happy place in my heart.

And here we are, this is what I assume is the first edition cover, and honestly there has not been that much change since the first one, but that's okay because its cute, and I love the design. 

Well, I hope I could convince you all to read/see The BFG because it honestly is a really cute and fun book.

I want to hear what your favorite Roald Dahl book is/what your favorites are, so leave me a comment, and we can chat about how good of an author he was.


1 comment:

  1. Okay, I'm convinced! Adding this to my TBR shelf in Goodreads.