But I love schmaltz! ;-)
Posted by Nan on December 16, 1997 at 20:04:37:
In response to A Christmas Carol, written by Kate on December 14, 1997 at 15:13:41
] So what do you think. Is it great literature or sentimental schmaltz?
] Or something in between?
Hmm...good one, Kate! ;-) First, I would like to say that I'm completely biased. I'm a sucker for all Christmas stories (good, bad or indifferent) and this one, in particular.
I vote for the "something in between". I'm biased about Dickens too, so I would never refer to any of his work as anything less than literature. However, I think it is a bit schmaltzy, and purposely so. I particularly love the preface:
"I have endeavored in this Ghostly little book, to rise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their house pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it"
You can almost see him winking. He knew he'd spread it on rather heavily, but he also knew that the story was irresistible. What care I for structure and character development (or lack thereof), when there is so much joy to be had in the reading of this story? I'm never up to the task of dissecting the books I love. I just want to read them a jillion times and obsess over them ;-)
For me, ACC is a necessary part of each Christmas. In addition to reading it, I watch all the adaptations I can get my hands on. My favorite is "Scrooge" (the musical). Now THAT'S schmaltz! ;-)
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