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Ep 19 - Why Does Everybody Love A Christmas Carol?

For our Christmas episode, we discuss the perennial favorite Charles Dickens novella A Christmas Carol, and why it has been made and re-made so many times in TV and film. We discuss the themes of repentance and re-integration, why the story is so Christian and yet barely mentions Christ. Our lively discussion compares and contrasts many incarnations of the story, from the 1935 black and white version to the Apple TV+ Spirited that was released just last month.

Best Books:

Liz - Forever Ago podcast, Million Bazillion podcast, Smash Boom Best podcast

Carl - The Orville on Disney+

Dennis - Jack by Marilynne Robinson; The Life and Times of Ebenezer Scrooge by Paul R Davis

Rosalynde - Bleak House by Charles Dickens


Culture Carol: Dickens's Influence on LDS Christmas Fiction by Rosalynde Welch

Once Upon a Christmastime by various LDS authors

The Man Who Invented Christmas

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

A Grand Yuletide Theory: The Muppet Christmas Carol is the Best Adaptation of A Christmas Carol

A Weak Defense of the Consumer's Christmas by Rosalynde Welch

Versions of A Christmas Carol:

Patrick Stewart Audiobook

Patrick Stewart Movie

Spirited from Apple TV+

Scrooge (1951) with Alasdair Sim

Scrooge (1970 Musical) with Albert Finney

The Muppets Christmas Carol

Find Us:

Carl - Twitter: @CarlCranney

Liz -

Dennis - BYU

Rosalynde - Neal A. Maxwell Institute; Times and Seasons

Editing by Carl Cranney

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