My Charles Dickens Ratings

20 May

Oh, Dickens…I am not a big fan of any of his books, but I tend to really like adaptations of the books. I just can’t get into his writing style. He is much too wordy- likes to write a few pages when a sentence would do just as well.

Dickens

The Pickwick Papers– I’ve actually only read the book but I have a version on DVD that I plan to read. It actually was pretty funny once I got about halfway through but it took forever to read. 6/10

Bleak House

Book- I liked the parts narrated by the protagonist, Esther, because they were much more to the point. Unfortunately, half the book, with an omniscient narrator, still uses Dickens’ usual wordy style. 6/10

1985- Actually pretty good production values for an 80s miniseries. Keeps pretty true to the book’s characters, but makes John Jarndyce too angry, and cuts some side stories out. Very sentimental. 7/10

2005- Darker and grittier. Esther made more assertive. Too much time spent on Richard/Ada snogging. Copied some stuff from 1985 that was not in the book…Andrew Davies again, oops! Still loved it. 9/10

Little Dorrit

Book- I liked Arthur Clennam but found Amy just a bit too saintly. Confusing back story. 6/10

2008- Andrew Davies humanized Amy a little more, which I liked. He tweaked the back story a bit but I don’t know if it actually made it less confusing. Fanny and John Trivery standouts. 9/10

The Old Curiosity Shop- I’ve not yet read the book but I’ve heard it’s beyond cheesy.

2007– Don’t waste your time. It’s way too rushed and just not that good.

Our Mutual Friend- Haven’t read this one either.

1999- Very good. More interested in Bella and John’s story than the saintly Lizzie and jerky Eugene with a rat above his lips. More understated and quiet than BH or LD- not as dark or dirty. 8/10

A Tale of Two Cities

Book- This one actually wasn’t as bad once I got into it. Unfortunately it took quite a few pages to get into it. Liked Sydney Carton. Found Charles and Lucie almost insipid. 7/10

1989- Liked Lucie more than in the book. 8/10

That’s all I’ve read/seen of Dickens work, besides various adaptations of A Christmas Carol, most notably the Muppet version when I was in grade school. I’m in no hurry to read that one or watch other versions of it.

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One Response to “My Charles Dickens Ratings”

  1. Dragos September 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM #

    What about Oliver Twist , David Copperfield ?

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