Jason Flemyng talks a little about playing Joe in the Great Expectations feature film. It seems he's excited about taking his kids to see it, so apparently all that gothic stuff we've been hearing about isn't too horrific. (Unless his kids are truly brave little soldiers.)
London's National Portrait Gallery has a comprehensive new exhibit, Charles Dickens: Life & Legacy, which includes "portraits of the author, his family and influential contemporaries" as well as depictions of his characters.
A market-woman near by, seeing the rush, came up close to the windows, but she could not make out what all the excitement was about, and calling to a friend who was standing at the window near me, she loudly asked, "What's the matter? What is it all about, say, John, what is it?" "Why," answered the man, looking over his shoulder, "they've got Boz here !" "Got Boz!" said she; "what's Boz? what do you mean?" "Why," said the man, "it's Dickens. They've got him in here!" "Well, what has he been doing?" said she. "He ain't been doing nothing," answered the man. "He writes books." "O," said the woman, indignantly, "is that all? what do they make such a row about that for, I should like to know!"
All that was praiseworthy in our people and their institutions he praised without stint; but he would not indorse any wrong, especially that of slavery.
Here's an interview with the author of Scrooge 2070: The Reboot, a new musical that will open next month in Palatine, Illinois.
The musical version of A Tale of Two Cities is currently running in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. A nonmusical version recently had a run in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England; a review with very spoilery remarks and pictures is here.
Researchers report in Poetics Today, "Celebrated writers such as Charles Dickens and George Eliot described characters' faces vividly without going into detail about their features. . . . Experts in literature, psychology, neurology and music suggested that vividness can be created not only by describing individual features, such as the eyes, nose or chin, but by the strength of readers' feelings about how a person is depicted."
There's a lot of truth in that, I think. Think of some of your favorite Dickens characters; consider what each of them looks like. Then think about this: How much of each image came from illustrators or actors, how much from your own mind, and how much from Dickens's actual words?