Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Don't Humbug It Till You've Tried It
Charles Dickens is considered one of our best authors in history, but to be honest, I could never get on with him. His stories and complex plots are genius, there is no doubt about it, but the way he writes, he just waffles on and on and on.
After several months, I have finally finished reading Bleak House. I loved the BBC drama starring Gillian Anderson and thought I'd take the plunge and read the novel. Dickens must have spent the first ten pages describing the the ruddy fog. I should have taken it as a sign and stopped there, but I carried on.
But for some reason - that I am only most grateful for - Dickens left out his long drawn out narrative from A Christmas Carol, and to this day, it is the only novel of his that I have enjoyed.
There have been plenty of adaptations to the book, and many interpretations of the grouchy Ebenezer Scrooge. My two favourites include the 1999 film starring Patrick Stewart, and at the other end of the spectrum, Disney's Mickey's Christmas Carol with Scrooge McDuck.
This Christmas, there is something different on the menu. Scrooge: The Musical is currently playing at the capital's most famous theatre, the London Palladium until the 12th January.
Tickets cost between £32-£76, with 3pm matinees and 7.30pm evening performances.
Technically "Christmas Carol" is classed as a novella apparently. Perhaps he didn't have room for his long descriptions, due to the shorter length of the book!:) "Scrooge The Musical" sounds fab though.