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Timeless Tales from a Victorian Pen

4 Jun

Recently I feel as though I have been cheating on Mr Blake with Charles Dickens.

For the past few years I have been pretty obsessed with William Blake. From reciting his poetry to anyone who will begrudgingly listen, to seeking out the home where the young William lived when he saw his first vision.

I have now shifted my energies to Mr Dickens. Much to my delight, I recently stumbled across the Great Expectations episode of South Park.

Yet, I was left disappointed. Trey Parker and Matt Stone managed to stay close to the actual story, recreating Pip’s loveable optimism. But it seemed that they felt too restricted to the original plot, failing to delve into the weird and wonderful world viewers are used to.

I can’t imagine viewers who hadn’t read the book would find much of the episode amusing.

However, it reminds us of Dickens genius. His stories written over a hundred years ago are still accessible to the modern readership. A Christmas Carol being the obvious choice, recreated in countless ways from my personal favourite, The Muppets Christmas Carol, to a Doctor Who adaptation.

Like Shakespeare, Dickens creates timeless plots that can be appreciated and understood for generations to come.