"Because of the unforgettable Christmas Carol book, most associate Dickens more with Christmas than Easter. Yet Dickens had great expectations not just of Christmas but also of Easter. In most of Dickens’ novels, there are Easter moments of unexpected hope, transformation and breakthrough. Dickens rarely leaves us stuck in despair."
By the way, I want to apologize for not having posted much lately. I have some major projects taking up a lot of time (about which I hope to tell you more, one of these days). But rest assured, this blog will keep going! Even when I can't post every day, I will post as often as I can.
Because there's another one in the works. (It must be a day ending in "y.") At least it has a very nice pedigree, with Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher, Moneyball, Capote) directing, and the screenplay being written by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard (Anna Karenina, Parade's End, Shakespeare in Love, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead).
Meanwhile, there's been no word at all of the two adaptations of A Tale of Two Cities that are supposed to be in development. Harumph.
"Imagine: What if Scrooge, Marley, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and the whole Cratchit family had smartphones?" asks the blurb for Brett Wright's Scrooge #worstgiftever, due out next fall. Sounds like fun to me!
It is very difficult for me to find something related to A Christmas Carol that I will not like. There have been adaptations or retellings that I have not liked, but they are few. But like a runner who has been out of practice for some time, it took me a few tries to pick up speed and really get into the first novel in author Thom Thomas’s ChristmasCarol-basedseries: Give or Take a Pebble: The Beginning. The character descriptions are intriguing and the author pulls you into each of their private worlds, their hopes, and their dreams. Dr. Joshua Krump finds himself seriously in debt and, equally unfortunately, having feelings for Belinda Cratchit, the sister of one young Tim whose health is suffering dreadfully.
Was Scrooge suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder? Was the Ghost of Christmas Past a Freudian? In this tongue-in-cheek piece from the Eagle-Tribune, Bob Muldoon attempts to view A Christmas Carol through a psychiatric lens.
What if the newly redeemed Scrooge had remained so constantly filled with Christmas cheer all year long that people started to consider him a pain in the neck? Furthermore, what if Scrooge had decided to try to redeem his old friend Jacob Marley as well? Bestselling author Charlie Lovett tackles these questions in this delightful little novella. He cleverly incorporates, paraphrases, and repurposes much of Dickens's own phrasing from A Christmas Carol and various other works, in this story that sees a turned-around Scrooge turning the tables on many familiar (and now slightly jaded) figures from the original book. Well written, thought-provoking, and great fun.