January was a great month celebrating the Bronte sisters. I loved reading your reviews that were Bronte related and not Bronte related. We had 31 posts in the month of January, and two guest blogs. One guest blog was a brief biography of the Bronte sisters from Bronteblog and the other was a guest blog from author Syrie James discussing writing about Charlotte Bronte’s love life. They were both great and I thought they enhanced our discussion of the Brontes!
Enough about the Brontes, February is a celebration of Charles Dickens. Dickens is considered the father of Victorian literature. It is appropriate that we celebrate his this month as the world celebrates the 200th anniversary of his birth on February 7th. Charles Dickens had a very interesting life himself as he went from a poor boy working in a blacking factory to a famous author. He worked hard and published 19 completed novels, and one partially completed novel, numerous short stories, non-fiction, and plays. His works are iconic and include A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, etc. They have been adapted more times than one can count into screen, TV, feature film, radio, and audiobook productions. His characters have become part of our culture (Scrooge, Tiny Tim, etc.), and he popularized the term Merry Christmas. He worked tirelessly in his life for social reform and these views often made their ways into this novel. He is an author well worth celebrating.
To celebrate Charles Dickens this month, I am going to read Oliver Twist for the first time, and I’m also going to read Dickens as a fictional character in Drood by Dan Simmons. I’m going to write previews for the new Masterpiece Theatre productions of Great Expectations and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and I will also hopefully watch one old production of a Dickens novel. I really want to listen to an audio version of Great Expectations, but there is only one digital copy in the state of Wisconsin and I’m still a few people back. I’ll probably be listening to it in a few months!
I look forward to reading your reviews this month! Feel free to post how you plan to celebrate Dickens this month.
Great post, Laura! I'm not sure I will read Dickens this month, but I will certainly stop by.ReplyDelete
I've already been reading up in my Smithsonian magazine on Dickens as he's the feature of the month because of his birthday. Looking forward to your posts!ReplyDelete
OK, I shouldn't post late at night!! Firstly I posted before the Feb link was up, and now I've managed to duplicate my link (SORRY!!).ReplyDelete
Here's what I mistakenly posted in the Jan comments:
Just posted my reviews of A Christmas Carol (book) and Little Dorrit (DVD) for the Dicken's February challenge!! I had started in January, great that I have accomplished Feb already, but I am still reading another Bronte book too which I am really enjoying too
Julie in Australia
Laura: I am so glad you will be reading Oliver Twist for the first time. When I was at school (about 10 years old), the teacher went round the class asking what we were reading, everyone said books like My Friend Flicka and kids books, and I remember saying I was reading Oliver Twist. The teacher didn't quite believe me, till I told them about the content!!ReplyDelete
Suko - I'm glad you will stop by!ReplyDelete
Sophia - I should find the Smithsonian magazine for this month, I bet the Dickens articles are intriguing! I used to read that magazine when I was younger.
Julie - No problem! Your post works in both places. I've read A Christmas Carol countless times and have also read David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, The Old Curiosity Shop, and his other Christmas books. Somehow I've missed Oliver Twist, but I still have quite a few of his other works to read to become a true Dickens expert. It's fun to still have new books to explore!
I have been a bit slack about posting this month but I have put up a post on Dickens' The Signalman, a great short story if anyone is looking for something short and quick for a Dickens experience. Thanks.ReplyDelete
Just read a very nice comment on my blog from Arabella, who enjoyed my review on Little Dorrit and is going to watch it too!! Great, I've enabled someone!ReplyDelete
Julie in Australia
I'm working my way through The Old Curiosity Shop, but I'm not sure if I'll manage to finish it in February.ReplyDelete
I'm a month late, but I've finally posted up my review of Little Dorrit. Will be doing Keats too when I have time.ReplyDelete
I've just posted up something on Stephanie Meyer and Keats. http://thebriarfieldchronicles.blogspot.com/2012/03/stephanie-meyer-and-keats.htmlReplyDelete
Hello again, I was planned to read Dickens in February but I failed to finish it but I tried to keep up to this challenge by read Lewis Carol's Alice in Wonderland. Is it okay? This is the URL for my review: http://www.darjeelinglife.com/2012/02/alice-in-wonderland-ebook.html?m=1ReplyDelete