In October 1843, Charles Dickens ? heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher ? began work on a book to help supplement his family's meager income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favorite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill. With...
Be it revelry in the commercial consumerism so railed against by Charlie Brown, or a feast of seven fishes, or further still the quiet solemnity, incense, and psaltery organ of a midnight mass service, many different traditions are upheld as we approach Christmas.
If you are the kind of reader who gets excited about seeing the story come to life on screen, this year has been such a treat, with so many great adaptations already out and more on the way. Here are all of the recent and upcoming book to screen adaptations you'll want to have on your radar so you can read it first.
We’ve been having fun exploring the "Multiverse" of selected classics, by curating a collection of inventive adaptations. So far, we’ve featured installments on Alice in Wonderland, the Brontës, The Wizard of Oz, and Pride and Prejudice. Here we offer a collection of ten imaginative takes on Charles Dickens.
Authors have the magical ability to create fictional worlds so immersive and tangible that we readers may have a hard time coming back to reality. This involves thinking through every detail of an imaginary universe. Sometimes it means inventing a brand new language!
Good stories often provide welcome escapes from life's challenges, and those that also allow us to slip into the past or jump into the future can be especially welcome in exasperating times. While a pop classic like the movie Back to the Future is an obvious choice for a fun, time-bending adventure, and holiday favorites such as Groundhog Day and A Christmas Carol also toy with time in unique ways, many other books and movies effectively explore the power and impact of time travel as well.