Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Charles Dickens Birthday Quiz

It is Charles Dickens week over at The Old-Fashioned Charm! I hope some of you will skip over and have a look at what she has going on! I planed on posting the answers to her questions sooner, but life just got crazy! Any way I hope you enjoy! :)

1. How were you first introduced to Charles Dickens? 
Well I must admit that though I had heard of Charles Dickens, my first true encounter with something related to him would be A Muppet Christmas Carol. :) I totally love the blue, furry Charles Dickens, who hangs out with a rat! haha!! You cannot help but love Gonzo. 

2. Which Charles Dickens novels and stories have you read? Which are your favorites?
I have read 

  • Bleak House
  • Great Expectation 
  • Oliver Twist

3. Which Charles Dickens novel(s) do you most want to read? 
     I really really want to read Little Dorritt. I have started it and and a 5th of the way into it. I would also like to read

  • David Copperfield 
  • A Christmas Carol
  • A Tale of Two Cities

4. What is your favorite Charles Dickens quotes?

"Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."

"There might be some credit in being jolly"

5. Which Charles Dickens film adaptations are in your top three? (If you have never seen one which 3 would you most like to see?)
I have only seen one and that is Bleak House 2005 done by the BBC(!!!). So I will list three other I would Like to see

  • Little Dorritt (the most recent one)
  • I would like to find a good version of Oliver Twist. (Any recommendations?)
  • There are several versions of Great Expectations

6. Who are your top three Dickens heroines? and Why?

  • I think I very favorite is Esther Summerson. She is sweet, caring sensible, and humble. Everything that I should like to be. 
  • Amy Dorritt is my second favorite. She is shy, and sweet, and does not like to press herself on others. 
  • hmmmm a third one..... I can't think of a third one that I like. 

7. Who are your top three favorite Dickens heroes? Why?

  • I love Arthur Clennam. He is kind, considerate, and friendly. He is also well traveled which I find very cool. 
  • Oliver Twist is sweet, polite, and despite that life seems to go against him, still manages to make it through all the same, without turning into Fagin, or the Artful Dogger. 
  • Pip is alright, he is not quite as good or kind as Clennam, or Oliver. He is a little bit more human. He has his imperfections. 

8. Which Three Dickens villains do you most love to hate? I find I have trouble really seeing who the villians are in Charles Dickens.I know who the "good guys" are, but the bad guys are kind of muddled. The only clear ones for me were in Oliver Twist. I disliked Sykes a lot, I felt sorry for Fagin in the end. I believe Tulkinghorn in Bleak House was the bad guy, but I felt sorry for him too. 

9. Which Dickens characters do you find the most funny? 

  • The Guy in Oliver Twist who always says he is going to "eat his head." I cannot remember his name!
  • Mr. Boythorn from Bleak house always made me smile. :) 
  • The Artful Dodger would make me laugh a few times too. 

10. If you could authorize a new film adaptation of one of Charles Dickens novels, which would it be? It would be Bleak House. As much as I love and enjoy the 2005 version there were just a few things about it that bothered me. Such as Esther's relationship with Mr. Johndyce. It didn't really fit with how I saw it in the book. There were a few other things too, but I can't remember what they were. 

11. If you could have lunch with Charles Dickens today, what question would you most want to ask him?  How in the wide world did you come up with such complicated stories? Really it is quite confusing sometimes Mr. Dickens! 

12. Have you ever read a Dickens biography, or watched a biographical film about him? I am ashamed to say I have not. Though it has been in the back of my mind to do so, for a while now, I have just not gotten around to doing it. 



  1. Thank you for doing the tag, I really enjoyed reading your answers!

    A Muppet Christmas Carol is one of my family's favorites, we watch it every Christmas! Gonzo is so funny!

    Mr. Boythorn made me giggle in the Bleak House miniseries, is he even funnier in the book?

    Love the photos you included in this post too! I hope you do a review of Little Dorrit once you finish reading!

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

  2. I am glad you enjoyed it! He is very humorous in the book, though I picture him differently in the book. I am planing to do a review!
    I would be honored if you used them! :)

  3. I really want to see Little Dorritt as well. I did like the Our Mutual Friend adaptation. Thanks for sharing. We has a few answers in common :)