Is "A Christmas Carol" still popular today ?How is it still popular ?

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coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Just yesterday I heard that 'A Christmas Carol' was to be our local pantomime for the Christmas season in the theater! So yes, the popularity of Scrooge seems to be ingrained. I think this is because it still speaks to society today as its themes are timeless - business will always drive the world and be the power-house of manufacturaing and employment although today we produce different things such as ipods,iphones and wide screen tvs. Records and accounts will always have to be kept, maybe not scrawled with a quill pen into a dusty old leather ledger but there is still data input to be done,accounting and accountability plus public accounts kept for years. In these circumstances there will always be extremes of penny-pinching,unemployment and sadly - worker exploitation. Who, even today, does not feel a pang of sympathy for poor Bob Cratchit going to ask for time off or even a small raise?

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Given the fact that there has been a re-release of the work with Jim Carrey in the starring role, I would say that the work is still popular today.  The notion of the holiday spirit being a redemptive one and everyone being able to surrender to it is something that has an appeal to many individuals.  It helps to enhance the mythology of the holiday season, the idea of being charitable to others, as well as the entire frame of "'Tis the season."  This is of critical importance to not only the work, but a meaning to which relevance is still attached.  We, as individuals, still look to the holiday season as something that inspires good will amongst men, and the idea that within all of us, something positive and unifying lives which is brought to life by the holiday season.  In the midst of a cold and cruel world, the spirit of the holidays lives not only in Ebenezer, but all of us.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Does classic literature ever go out of date. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is just as popular as it ever was. Perhaps it is even more popular because different versions of the movie are created year after year. Just the other day in Best Buy, I heard a woman asking for the version with Patrick Stewart. There is also one with George C. Scott (I believe), and there is another one with Henry Winkler. Not to mention the semi-animated one with Jim Carrey. In addition, teacher have asked questions on here seeking lesson plans and suggestions for teaching it.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The reason this story is still popular is that it touches the deepest aspects of our soul.  At the same time, it has engaging characters and cool "special effects" of the literary variety. The descriptions are so vivid, and the themes so memorable, that it is hard for us not to be engaged.  I also think that to a certain extent the characters and the story have become a part of our tradition.  Everyone knows Scrooge and Tiny Tim, and I for one look forward to visiting them every year!

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is absolutely still both popular and relevant. The novel is a great read with memorable characters, and the various film versions are always a treat during the holidays. The best version? Still the 1951 B&W version with Alistair Sim.

hubbamic | Student

Dickens, "A Christmas Carol" will always be regarded as a classic.  I agree with deonnereese in that it addresses issues that are happening today, have happened in the past and will continue to happen in the future.  It is also a story that the very young and the very old can relate to.  I have read this book with my students every year at Christmas time regardless of what I am teaching subject wise.  (I have been a hs English spec ed teacher and a home eco teacher.)  My students have enjoyed it immensely.  I have not seen the new version of the movie with Jim Carey but plan to and my hopes are that it is a true representation of the classic that this novel is. 

deonnereese | Student

Christmas Carol will never go out of date.  We still deal with the same issues as in Dickens' day:  poverty, unemployment, alienation, poor health, and ignorance.  As the Ghost of Christmas Present said, "These things will always be with us".  Dickens gives us a happy ending to an otherwise drab, unbearable situation.  And isn't that what Christmas is all about--at least one day of the Year when all is right with the world, and God has blessed us "Everyone One"!

kristy5137 | Student

Of course!! I'm working in Korea right now, and the novel is a huge hit even here. I heard that a musical has been made out of it, to be shown starting sometime next week. I doubt that A Christmas Carol will become unpopular any time soon- the themes and characters have become too much ingrained in our yearly Christmas holidays. Long live Charles Dickens!

hoffmaker | Student

A Christmas Carol is still popular today.  There are remakes of it all over the television and movie theaters.  Jim Carrey is the star of the latest version to hit movie theaters.  This animated version is going to be interesting to see as it is Disney's take on this classic story.

My school is putting on "Scrooge" a musical, which is another version of this classic story.  There is creative license here as we know that the original version did not have singing and dancing.

We, as a society, believe that everyone has some good in them.  This story allows us to still have that hope that people who seem mean will change.

mkcapen1 | Student

The novella "A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens is considered by many to be a great literary work.  The story is about a miserly older man who has thrown his life away in his search for financial security.  In the process he has let his emotions and feelings slip away.  He has left his joy behind in the past and has become bitter.  He let love go for the quest of economic comfort.  He is provided with the opportunity to redeem himself.  Four ghosts visit him and each one takes him on a journey from past to present to future.  He begins to see the emptiness of his life.  In the end he chooses redemption and begins to change his ways.  His new behavior opens the door for love in his life.  The reader is made aware that it is never too late to change.

The book has managed to stand the test of time because it rings very true to human nature.  Quite often humans in their ambition to grasp one goal lose sight of another. The story has never been out of print and is part of the educational curriculum.  It has been adapted as a play, opera, and many different versions of the story have been made into films.  The most recent film is an animation story with Jim Carrey starring as Scrooge, the primary character in the story.  The story is unique in that it has been able to be changed to fit each era since Dickens wrote it.  For example, "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," starring Mathew McConnaughey was a recently released movie based on the premises established in a Christmas Carol.

Yes, a "Christmas Carol" remains popular today.

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