I chose A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens because I have watched many movie adaptions of the book and I wanted to see the differences between the books and the films. The book also happens to be part of my book collection and had been sitting in dust for quite some time.
The book is about an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge who owns a counting house. He’s a grouchy man who never has a kind word to say to anybody and only cares about business. On Christmas eve, he is visited by the ghost of his old partner, Jacob Marley who warns him that unless he change his way, he will suffer a bad fate when he dies and that he will be visited by three ghosts.
The three ghosts show him his past, present and future to show Scrooge how badly he treated others and Scrooge reflects upon it all and becomes a better man.
After reading the book, I can see why it has been adapted so many times for film or for theatre. The book has vivid imagery, it’s fast paced and a relatively simple story that it is easy to make a film adaption with little alteration to the story.
I enjoyed reading the book; I thought the story was imaginative and innovative for something written in the 18th century. I was a bit worried that it would be too old fashioned, full of flowery language with passages that drag out but it was easy to read language wise and pace wise.