Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Charles Dickens Birthday Quiz

Miss Laurie from Old-Fashioned Charm is having a special week of posts and activities in honor of Charles Dickens' 200th birthday today! This week includes guest posts (watch for bloggers you may know!) and this fun tag. Since I'm totally in love with tags, this was naturally one I had to do! So here we go. (First, if you want to do this tag, please go here to see the original question list)

1. How were you first introduced to Charles Dickens? Probably when I read Christmas Carol. I think that I was about eleven or so at the time. I can remember receiving a copy for Christmas, so I assume I must have read it! But I know I read Great Expectations by the time I was about 12.

2. Which Charles Dickens novels and stories have you read? Which are your favorites? Excellent question. Let's see here: David Copperfield, Nicholas Nickleby, Great Expectations, Tale of Two Cities, most of Oliver Twist, Hard Times, and Christmas Carol. Favorites would be Christmas Carol (because it's a great story and pretty easy to read) and Great Expectations (because...I find it fairly easy to read compared to some of his, and it's an interesting [if strange] story).

3. Which Charles Dickens novels do you most want to read? Without a doubt, Little Dorrit. I loved the movie, and realy want to read the book.

4. What are your favorite Charles Dickens quotes? Oooh, fun. "There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”    “Although a skillful flatterer is a most delightful companion if you have him all to yourself, his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people.”    :)

5. Which Charles Dickens film adaptions are your top three favorites? (If you haven't seen three, tell some you want to see) Let's see here. I enjoy Christmas Carol (the one starring Patrick Stewart).

And as formerly said, I love Little Dorrit.

And I really want to see Great Expectations.

6. Who are your top three favorite Dickens heroines? Why? I like Estella from Great Expectations for some reason. I mean, I think she’s awful, but she’s still really cool. Sorta.

I love Amy Dorrit. She’s such a sweet girl, loves her family. J And I really don’t have others that I even kind of like!

7. Who are your top three favorite Dickens heroes? Why?
Hmmm. That’s hard. I do like Scrooge, at least by the end. Arthur Clennam from Little Dorrit isn’t bad. A little strange at times, but definitely nice by the end.

And Pip from Great Expectations is a sweet guy, most of the time.

8. Which three Dickens villains do you most love to hate?
Mr. Murdstone from David Copperfield is just terrible. Even his name sounds bad. Squeers from Nicholas Nickleby is pretty bad too. Ooo, and Rigaud from Little Dorrit is amazing. I mean, terrible. Or something. He’s really awful. And scary and all.
Oh, Uriah Heep – bleh.

9. Which Dickens characters (up to three) do you find the most funny?
Peggotty is so funny in David Copperfield. And oh…what is his name…the guy in Little Dorrit who sniffs in a positively hilarious (and semi-disgusting way) while talking…what IS his name? My memory has fled.

10. If you could authorize a new film adaptation of one of Dickens's novels, which would it be and why?
Hmmm. Since I haven’t seen a lot, I really don’t know.

11. If you could have lunch with Charles Dickens today, what question would you most like to ask him?
How in the world did you come up with the totally bizarre characters in so many of your books? What inspired them?

12. Have you ever read a Dickens biography or watched a biographical film about him?
I don’t think so, no. But I should!

I have posted reviews of Great Expectations and Tale of Two Cities. And movies reviews of Little Dorrit and Christmas Carol. Book review of Nicholas Nickleby coming later this month!


Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Thanks for doing the tag, I really enjoyed reading your answers!

Wow! I didn't know you had read so much Dickens! Have you reviewed all of them?
I'm going to read Great Expectations as soon as I finish A Tale of Two Cities. Little Dorrit is a wonderful story, I'll have to attempt it some day!

Estella is an interesting character, lots to dislike but you still like her. Amy is a wonderful heroine! No third heroine? Not even Lucie Manette or one from Nicholas Nickleby? ;)

I like Scrooge too, at the end. Arthur is a great hero too!

Rigaud is awful but in the film adaptation he also has some funny quirks and remarks, and of course Andy Serkis gives a remarkable performance.

On #9 do you mean Panks from Little Dorrit? "Uncle Ned is dead!" He's very funny but still a bit strange!

Looking forward to your review of Nicholas Nickleby! :)

Do you mind if I link to your answers in my conclusion post?

Charity U said...

Miss Laurie, nope haven't reviewed all, just the ones that I linked up there. It's been a few years on some of them. I hope you enjoy "Great Expectations." It's a favorite of mine.

Nope, those other two heroines you mentioned didn't make a real big impression on me!

Rigaud is almost funny sometimes. :)

YES! Panks. That's it. He is hilarious! And yes, certainly strange. Classic Dickens.

It's coming!

Yes, go ahead and link.

Ms. Kathleen said...

Great answers. I need to watch Little Dorrit. So many love it. I can't believe I haven't seen it. You would love Bleak House. So well acted. What is the chocolate quote from? That's a new one for me?? Have a great week!

Charity U said...

Ms. Kathleen, I found it on goodreads.com . :) I doubt it's from a book, but who knows!