“You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato. There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!” 
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol (Ebenezer Scrooge)

Who doesn’t love the classic A Christmas Carol, especially during this time of year? I remember when I was little how I used to cover my eyes during the specter Jacob Marley’s entrance, how I would hide under my blanket at night as my mind wandered to the dark Ghost of Christmas yet to come.

I was very excited when I heard about ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas,’ a movie about Charles Dickens and the making of the Christmas Carol. Last night my family unpacked our Christmas boxes, my mom made two different kinds of cookies, and we decided to vote on a holiday movie to watch.

In the end, my three younger brothers went upstairs (to play video games… what a surprise) and my Dad and I watched ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas.’ My two-year-old sister Amelia sat with us for a while, but the other half of the time she was ‘going through’ the Christmas boxes.

I was very surprised by the movie. I was nervous that it would be boring, and only about Dickens’ life through writing the book. It contained lots of little events that inspired him to write, and his characters ‘came to life’ so he could talk to them while he was writing.

I think that it was much more enjoyable to watch as a writer because I could compare myself to Dickens in many situations. Writer’s block, characters taking over the story, and being interrupted by reality when you’re in your own little world.

I recommend this movie to everyone, but especially people who love to write. It was very inspiring, and it gave me a lot of ideas for both overcoming writer’s block and thinking of ideas for plot structure and character building.

Thanks for reading! Make sure to comment to tell me if you’ve watched ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas,’ and if not, I really hope you do!

I’ll be posting again next week (or sooner. Let’s see when inspiration hits!), so stay tuned.

“God bless us, everyone!” – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim)

 

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