Monday, 22 December 2014

A Christmas Carol

There’s more of gravy than of the grave about you!

A Christmas Carol needs no introduction. Having watched many an adaptation every Christmas, this is the first year I’ve actually got round to reading the book. It’s novella length and pretty easy going, so I do recommend picking up a copy over the holidays if you haven’t read it already!

So my favourite adaptation is A Muppet Christmas Carol, of course. I was quite surprised at how faithful the Muppets are to the original. A lot of the dialogue is identical and most the scenes are straight out the book. This meant that I read it thinking of Michael Caine, Kermit and Fozzie and singing the songs in my head. It’s hard to read the book of such a well-known story; I imagine it would have more of an impact the first time round.

I’ve got an edition which is a collection of Dickens’ festive writing. I don’t think I’ll read it all this year but I did get through The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton which has some similar themes. Basically, don’t be a grumpy, selfish bastard at Christmas or you’ll get your comeuppance!

If anyone else was wondering, humbug was originally a slang word for a trick, jest, hoax or deception. This has got me wondering about those mints…


What's your favouroute version of A Christmas Carol? Have you read the book yet?

2 comments:

  1. Puppets are a no-no for me, but I am a HUGE fan of the Patrick Stewart/Richard E. Grant adaptation. I have an old copy of A Christmas Carol with watercolour illustrations in it, and when I finally got around to reading it a couple of years ago I was really surprised by how similar the characters in the movie looked to these old illustrations - especially the Ghosts of Christmas Present and Future, and the jovial family Scrooge worked for as a young man. On a side note, I have this book too - Charlotte bought it me for Christmas a couple of years ago - and ISN'T IT JUST BEAUTIFUL?!

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  2. Aw A Muppets Christmas Carol is brilliant, I think I read this years ago when I was a lot younger! I have also read the zombie version :)

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

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