"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.
I've been alerted via Twitter that Anthony D. P. Mann's new musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, starring Colin Baker,is now available on DVD and has also been picked up by PBS. Go here for all the details!