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February 23, 2018


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I can't tell you how happy this makes me. I was afraid we were about to have another horror (along the lines of Great Expectations,1998, starring Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow), inflicted upon us.

I'll never understand why anyone would feel the need to create a contemporary adaptation of any of Dickens' works. I've always considered the settings, the times and the places, to be indispensable enhancements to the romance and suspense of the stories.

Imagine David – in his enthusiasm, chopping down all the metaphorical trees that stood between him and Dora, while only being allowed to see her for a few hours at a time on the occasional Sunday, and only receiving word of her through Julia Mills – suddenly thrown into the twenty-first century. He would have been texting her all day long and could have seen her any time he chose on Skype.

The only good reason I can think of for setting the story in modern times would be to have Betsey Trotwood spray the Murdstones with her garden hose.


Your comment makes me wish Gina's Dickensblog had a "Like" button.

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