What is your favorite memory of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol? Have you ever read it? If not, will you? Why should others read it rather than relying on the film adaptions?
My mom always used to watch the old 30’s version of A Christmas Carol every year. She said it was the best version of the film. So, I grew up watching that and I’ve probably seen most of the film versions since at least once. Who could miss them?
But, last December was the first time I ever sat down to actually READ the book! [I know, I know. Shame on me.] And guess what I found? It read mostly like the movies with the exception of a few exposition points for clarification here and there.
Why should someone read the book?
- It is a quick, easy read. For not being a 20th/21st century novelist, Dickens presents a fairly modern style for book pacing.
- If you’ve seen the movies, they will–for the most part–play right along in your head as you read the book.
- There is more feeling in the pages than you ever get onscreen.
- A read-through will acquaint you with characters you *think* you already know.
- It is something you should do for yourself as a Christmas treat. Or, maybe as a read-aloud to your family as a new tradition!
I’m not sure if I will get to it again this year, but definitely next year as I want to tackle all of Dickens in one go!