Tuesday, September 13, 2005

A Twist on Charlie's Chocolate Factory

JunkChristopher Largen's JUNK is a upbeat, yet scarily prescient tale of where nanny-statism will eventuate.

Here is a cute excerpt:
"Pastor Smith snickered. “Well, I’ve got news for you. Despite the Reverend Goodman’s arrogant attempt to play God, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is actually a sublime Christian allegory.”

Farah leaned forward and smiled. “Oh? Do tell.”

“It’s simple . . . the Chocolate Factory represents the Kingdom of God, with Wonka as Supreme Being. In order to enter the kingdom, the Bible says, you must become like a child. So, Wonka has to find a kid to inherit his factory.”

Moe chuckled. “Oh, please. Spare us the muddled metaphors, Pastor.”

“Wait, there’s more . . . The children who find golden tickets embody the deadly sins. Augustus Gloop, of course, is Gluttony. He gets sucked into a chocolate-filled pipe, a victim of his vice. Violet Beauregard is Pride. She’s always showing off her gum-chewing skills, so she blows up like a blueberry—blows up with pride. Veruca Salt is Greed— she wants it now, and gets a one-way ticket to Rotten Eggsville. Mike TV is Sloth. He just wants to sit in front of the tube. So he becomes miniscule—he atrophies down to a speck of his former self. And Charlie is Envy. In abject poverty, he desires the comfort and security that more affluent families possess.” Pastor Smith folded his hands in his lap and smirked."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've read JUNK, and it's amazing! I couldn't put it down. This is a book that will inspire laughter and anger. It's gonna piss a lot of people off. I'm suprised Christopher Largen (the author) hasn't been shot.

They need to make a movie of this book!