Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Christmas Carol For Everyone

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, I am sure you know of it and I'm sure most of us have watched it...but which one have you seen? This Book has been turned into a movie 17 times, and into Theatrical productions more then you can count! The versions range from strict interpretation to simplified 1/2 hour animation for children, and from a "dark" to a "light" (this difference in the strict interpretation). Here are a couple examples (which are my two favorites):

A Christmas Carol: 1938 staring Reginald Owen

Mickey's Christmas Carol 1983

A Christmas Carol is probably one of the most well known and loved stories ever, but how many of you have actually read the book? This story is so set in our minds from viewing productions of it, that we feel there is no need to read the book. If you do sit down and read the book you will be rewarded, for it is quite a surprise. Yes it is the same plot of course, but it takes you so much deeper into Scrooge's world. It actually makes Ebenezer look even worse then anything you have watched, which in turn makes his change of heart even more joyful. You will also be surprised by the subtle humor throughout the book.

No matter your age there is a version of Scrooge for you. And if you wish to expand your enjoyment of this wonderful story, read the original version yourself...written in 1843 by Charles Dickens.

To close this properly, and in honor of the great author Charles Dickens, let me quote the last line of his book A Christmas Carol:

"It was always said of Scrooge, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!
And so, as Tiny Tim observed,
God Bless Us, Every One!"


Jenny Girl said...

My favorite on is the musical Scrooge with Albert Finney. We watched every year growing up, and know quite a few of the songs.

Joanne said...

I love both the book and the movie version with George C. Scott as Scrooge.

Welcome to book blogging! I see by your goodreads that you enjoy Tasha Alexander's books -- I read them all this year and they were charming! Come on over and visit at my blog, Slice of Life, which is books and hobbies and little bit of surprises.

Anonymous said...

I love A Christmas Carol!

Unknown said...

I always like reading stuff on 'A Christmas Carol'...and yep, will have to agree that the original is the best!

Like your blog and ofcourse the first thing I did was take the 'Which Jane Austen heroine are you?'...for the record, I am Elinor Dashwood...

h'lo sis! :)

Lana said...

My favorite Christmas Carol will always be The Muppets! You can't get much better than Kermit & Michael Caine... :)

My family has a tradition of going to see a stage version every year.