The Landlady by Roald Dahl

Hello world,

Welcome back to English Wednesday with my teacher Ann. Today we started the day reading a novel called “The Landlady” by Roald Dahl. It was about the boy Billy, who travelled in England. He had to stay on a cheap hotel, and he went to a Bed and Breakfast, an old lady owned. There had only been two guests there earlier, and Billy had seen both of them in the newspaper, because they were killed. I think this story was really exiting, and unexpected. I think it had a really good twist.


A short story is characterized with few people, short period, foreshadowing and an open end. This story has all the elements a short story has. It was a surprise when I found out all the earlier guests were dead. I think it was a short story full of suspense.

We have now watched Tales of the unexpected movie of the short story the Landlady. If you want to watch it, I have put a link down under. The biggest differences between the movie and the short text, was that it wasn’t as many foreshadowings in the movie, as in the text. In the text I had the opportunity to think and maybe predict what was going to happen in the end. I can not decide what I liked the most, the movie or the text, because I also think it was a good movie. There was a lot of details that were different, for example – Billy was 18 years old (not 17), the curtains were closed in the movie, so Billy could not see through the window, like in the text.

Tales of the Unexpected – The Landlady


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