Cable network Bravo is developing a new series called Fortune, inspired by Bleak House but set in the present day. (Note that "developing" doesn't necessarily mean that the series is guaranteed to make it to the screen.)
The other day I did a podcast with Emily Whitten of Redeemed Reader and Rea Berg of Beautiful Feet Books. I was there representing Youth Reads, a Web page that I run as part of my day job. But I mention it here because, in the course of our conversation about what constitutes a virtuous love story, Dickens came up quite a lot! At various points, you can hear us talk about Bleak House, Our Mutual Friend, and Little Dorrit.
Martin Chuzzlewit is one of Dickens' lesser-known, or at least lesser-read, novels. I first read it a few years ago in my campaign to read everything Dickensian I could get my hands on, and despite its reputation, I was surprised to find I enjoyed it very much, and it quickly became one of my favorite of Dickens' early works! Recently, I stumbled across the 1994 BBC miniseries on YouTube, and decided to give it a go too, even though it was nearly six hours long. And in my opinion, it turned out to be one of the best Dickensian adaptations I've seen so far.
Dickens scholar and biographer Michael Slater has a new book, The Great Charles Dickens Scandal, available for pre-order at Amazon. The book "investigates what Dickens did or may have done, then traces the way the [Ternan] scandal was elaborated over succeeding generations."
Isn't it lovely to watch someone discover Dickens? Julie Davis, at the Happy Catholic's Bookshelf blog, is a brand-new Dickensian, and wrote a great blog post about the experience. Here's a sample:
I must concede Will Duquette’s contention that Dickens characters can be very unrealistic. But who would give them up for the realistic ones? . . .
You know, I expected that I’d read a few pages (slogging through them) and intersperse them with a newer book. But I’m hooked. I can never possibly convey how great, how riveting I am finding this book. It is a mystery, a horror novel, a romance, a look at character (or the lack thereof), and much more … all laced with a self awareness that I find startlingly modern. O Dickens. And here I thought A Tale of Two Cities was sublime. How little I knew…