What do the two have in common? A video by "Nerdwriter" explains the connection. It's an interesting argument and a fairly strong one, as far as it goes; it may give a little too much credit to the power of the audience and not quite enough to authorial skill. But see what you think.
Here's an encouraging piece for those of us who are always looking for ways to help the younger generation learn to love Dickens. Abhilash Gaur writes The Times of India that he's been reading David Copperfield and other Dickens works to his seven-year-old son, and that though he needs to use simplified editions, he's been impressed by his son's understanding of and attraction to the plots and characters:
"I can see that my little Pip has been in love with Estella (now with Em’ly, since he is David); he has sensed trouble as the Artful Dodger leads Oliver to Fagin’s shack. He has threatened to squash Monks’ head, and he has cheered when David bites Mr Murdstone’s hand. He absolutely detests Miss Murdstone. But most of all, my David is heartbroken by mother’s death. . . . It’s good to nudge kids towards airy and cheerful books, but perhaps it’s just as well to expose them to meatier plots from literature as soon as they can stomach them."
On this note, I'd like to give a shoutout to my nine-year-old goddaughter, who recently picked out and bought David Copperfield all on her own! I suspect she may need just to dabble in it for a while before she's fully ready to take the plunge -- that's not at all a bad way to start -- but I hope that this will one day lead to a lifelong enjoyment of Dickens for her.
"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.
An article in the Independent gives details of Dickens's long involvement with the hospital and the various ways that he raised support for it, including "a disguised advertisement" in Our Mutual Friend.
San Francisco's annual festival began this weekend and will continue (on weekends) through December 20. Articles about the fair are here, here, and here. That last article is especially fun, as it features several interviews with people who've participated in the Fair over the years, whether playing characters, selling wreaths, or even stalking Bill Sikes!
Mitchell Kalpakgian has an excellent piece about Hard Times in Crisis magazine. Here's a short excerpt: "Dickens illustrates that the so-called 'useful' things of the world—facts, work, and money—ultimately prove to be useless in life’s major crises, while the 'useless' activities scorned by the utilitarians—play, friendship, charity, hope, and beauty—prove to be infinitely valuable and, ultimately, more beneficial than facts."