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I’m glad you found us here this month as we discuss Charles Dickens’ book, A Christmas Carol! In case you’ve never joined us before, I’ll explain a little bit about the Online Book Club. Each month, we discuss a book, and each week of the month, I write a new blog post that talks about different aspects of the book. You can comment on the blog posts and let me and others know what you think. If you want to contribute to the discussion but aren’t interested in reading along with us, you can always watch the movie version of the book and still comment on the blog posts! The book and movie are available at our local libraries, and the book is available on our digital services, OverDrive Digital Downloads and Hoopla. The movie is also available to stream on Hoopla, in case you want to watch the movie without heading over to the library!

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the story of A Christmas Carol, but hopefully, you’ll still chime in on the discussion. If nothing else, you can let us know which of the many movie and television versions is your favorite!

I’ll leave you with a clip from one of the movie adaptations you can find on Hoopla:

Join us Monday, December 12th, as we talk about the characters in the story!

12 Responses to “A Christmas Carol: Week 1”

  1. Jenny Good

    Hi, and thanks for posting about this. Where does one go to find that week’s blog post for the book club?

  2. Sue

    What a great opportunity to read the original text! I feel like I have seen every iteration of A Christmas Carol on TV or in the movies. How many people have actually read Dickens’ classic?

    • Erin K.

      Sue, I don’t think I really read the whole unabridged text until I had to teach it during my first year teaching! I think I read some short story versions in a text book, but I was definitely surprised by some parts when I read the entire thing!

      What is your favorite movie version?

      • Sue

        This is difficult because I really love them all. Back in the 70s I remember seeing a version that was eventually banned from TV because it was ‘too scary’. It really was intense! I haven’t seen it yet but I can vividly remember the Marley in that one. I noticed on Hoopla there is one or two versions I do not recognize, so I will have to see if I can find it. If I want to go more ‘happy’ than ‘scared’, I will always reach for the Muppet Christmas Carol because I think it is really well done for the family.

      • Sue

        Incidentally, many people do not realize that in the song “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, it is THIS story that they refer to in the lyric “They’ll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long long ago”. I have oft been asked why a Christmas song talks about ghost stories.

        • Erin K.

          Hmm, that’s interesting. I have heard that line so many times, but I never really thought about it. It is kind of weird that a Christmas song would talk about ghost stories, but I never considered what the source could be! Thanks for the info!

  3. Carrol

    I have seen several movie remakes of the book. I always like the black and white editions. I especially like Alastair Sim as Scrooge. He is part of the 1951 edition.

    I, too, taught the novel to my 7th grade students. They were amazed by all of the details that are omitted in the movie editions

    • Sue

      I definitely like the B&W ones as well. Something genuine about them.

    • Erin K.

      I don’t think I have ever watched that version! I think the one I remember best is the Mickey Christmas Carol. I think Scrooge McDuck was a good depiction of Scrooge!

      I bet your 7th grade students liked reading the full text, Carrol!

  4. Jenny Good

    I think my favorite movie version is the one with George C. Scott.

    • Erin K.

      I don’t think I have ever watched that one, Jenny! After reading people’s favorite picks, I feel like I need to do some research and watch a couple more adaptations!

      Thanks for your commment!

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