Gene Wilder passed away earlier this week but though he may be gone, he will never be forgotten. As the man who played Willy Wonka and a slew of other memorable characters, he will live on in the hearts of millions for years to come. Still, that doesn’t make his passing any easier; it certainly doesn’t for me. When I first heard the news, my instinct was to re-watch his movies, but I went through my favorites much too quickly. I needed something more. Since I love books more than anything else, I began reading the books his movies were based on, and imagining him in the roles he played in their movie adaptations. It’s my little tribute to Gene Wilder, and I invite you all to join me.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Gener Wilder’s role: Willy Wonka
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Gene Wilder’s role: Mock Turtle
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Gene Wilder’s role: The Fox
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Gene Wilder’s role: Dr. Frankenstein
Do you plan on reading along? Let us know in the comments!