The problem with telling a fairy tale nowadays (especially in America) is political correctness.
This does children no good. By taking the teeth out of fairy tales, children are programmed into thinking there are no harsh consequences for bad deeds. Grimm’s fairy tales were grim for good reason! Fairy tales were designed to lay down the law of human morality for children.
Roald Dahl’s 1982 book, “The BFG” (“Big Friendly Giant”) is about giants. Now, giants generally eat humans—remember “Fee, fi, fo, fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman”?
Jack’s blood-sniffing giant, and the Odyssey’s Polyphemus, a giant Cyclops, ate humans. “The Hobbit” trolls were very big, and they were definitely going to have Bilbo for dinner.
Steven Spielberg made a big-budget movie about a modern fairy tale by Roald Dahl who wrote “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and took the teeth out of it, somewhat. But because it’s Spielberg, it’s quite good. In fact, for “chitterins” (giant-speak for children), it’s pretty magical! And it’s actually good he toned down the book. We’ll come back to that.There was a little girl named Sophie who lived in a Dickensian orphanage, except it’s in London in the 1980s. She’s 10.
Sophie’s a nightowl-let. Like that other nocturnal fairy tale creature, the Scandinavian Tomte who watches over nighttime barn animals, she goes about the orphanage at night, keeping an eye on things, trailing her blanket, and orange tomcat. Sometimes she leans over the balcony and tells the local drunkards to shut up. She’s a very spirited young girl.
One bright moonlit night, looking out the window (she recites the orphanage rules against this, then does it anyway) she spies a massive, shadowy man! Tall as a building! Pretty freaky.
She only sees him accidentally; normally he’s a ninja of nighttime stealth, counting on the fact that humans can’t conceive of a giant in the middle of the city. He hides in building shadows, poses as pine trees, and with the help of his giant cloak and big brass horn, he improvises and jerryrigs many shadowy disguises. This is very fun.
But Sophie saw him! He can’t have that! He grabs her and runs away to the land of the giants, in a bounding run that’s swift, whipping the trees in his jet-wash, which eventually gives way to Hulk-like long-jumping.
Since Sophie’s in London, it logically follows that Giant Country must be somewhere in the north of Scotland. Looks like it. This is all very fun.