Not sure what to think about that one. It's true that, as the article says, there have already been an awful lot of David Copperfield adaptations. Now don't go whaling on me, Nibs; you know I love DC. :-) I truly do. It just seems strange that they would have chosen to do it yet again -- and when there's a feature film in the works, too. They must have known that they'd have success with whatever adaptation they chose to do (hello, Bleak House? Little Dorrit? Good numbers, lots of Emmys?). Wouldn't they? So why stick with the "warhorses"?
Well, no one seems to agree on the reason, and there's lots of "he said/they said," and it's all very mysterious. One thing is particularly worrisome, though: the BBC spokesman's remark about "resting" Dickens. I wonder how long this "rest" is supposed to last. They can't have forgotten already about the bicentennial coming up . . . can they?
From the foldings of its robe, it brought two children; wretched, abject, frightful, hideous, miserable. They knelt down at its feet, and clung upon the outside of its garment.
"Oh, Man, look here! Look, look, down here!" exclaimed the Ghost.
They were a boy and a girl. Yellow, meagre, ragged, scowling, wolfish; but prostrate, too, in their humility. Where graceful youth should have filled their features out, and touched them with its freshest tints, a stale and shrivelled hand, like that of age, had pinched, and twisted them, and pulled them into shreds. Where angels might have sat enthroned, devils lurked, and glared out menacing. No change, no degradation, no perversion of humanity, in any grade, through all the mysteries of wonderful creation, has monsters half so horrible and dread.
Scrooge started back, appalled. Having them shown to him in this way, he tried to say they were fine children, but the words choked themselves, rather than be parties to a lie of such enormous magnitude.
"Spirit, are they yours?" Scrooge could say no more.
"They are Man's," said the Spirit, looking down upon them. "And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased. Deny it!" cried the Spirit, stretching out its hand towards the city. "Slander those who tell it ye. Admit it for your factious purposes, and make it worse. And abide the end."
"Have they no refuge or resource?" cried Scrooge.
"Are there no prisons?" said the Spirit, turning on him
for the last time with his own words. "Are there no workhouses?"
A Christmas Carol, Stave Three
I was recently at a fundraiser/awards banquet for Restoration Ministries DC, where one of the speakers quoted from this passage. As you know, I occasionally highlight charities of which I think Dickens would have approved, and I think he would have approved of this one (and not just because one of its members quoted him). Like the Somaly Mam Foundation, it helps victims of human trafficking, only in Washington, D.C., instead of Cambodia. Check it out here, if you're interested. As usual, no pressure; just spreading the word about a good cause that resembles some of the causes that Dickens supported.
Jim Carrey, Colin Firth, and the film's director and producer discuss the new Christmas Carol film in this short video. I may be mistaken, but I think there's a tiny bit more film footage here than we've seen before.
I've been looking this for years: Disney's Mickey's Christmas Carolis being released on DVD. (This article says that it's been released before, but I never heard about it; Disney's always releasing so many things that it's hard to keep track.) I believe this was my first exposure to the story -- probably my first exposure to Dickens in any form, come to think of it -- and I used to watch it obsessively on the old Beta machine on which we'd taped it off the TV. I realize this is a highly controversial opinion, but Goofy is my favorite Marley's ghost of all time.
In other Christmas Carol news, the train pulls into my local station this Tuesday! It was originally going to get here in October, but I guess they must be running ahead of schedule.
And get this: Both of these events, the DVD release and the train's arrival, are taking place on my birthday.
How's that for a Dickensidence?*
*A word I just coined. If this kind of thing is going to keep happening, as seems likely, we need a term that's a little easier to use than Dickens-like coincidence.
That's right, two Christmas Carols in one week -- and that's just a month after the movie comes out. Wasn't I just saying something about how many Dickens-like coincidences there are in this world? At this point I'm beginning to think they need their own tag on the blog. (And that's not all of them -- come back tomorrow for even more!)
But the big question is this: Am I up to the challenge? Can your intrepid Dickensblogger actually make it through two Christmas Carols in one week? Or will they find me boiled in my own pudding, with a stake of holly through my heart?