(Written for Mamakat's prompt and for the a-to-z blogging challenge.)
The prompt: Share one of your favorite things.
The letter: L
I'm a Dickens fan.
There. I said it.
I was always the lone Dickens fan in my literature classes... always. I remember being shocked in my Rise and Development of the English Novel class when everyone rolled their eyes and complained about reading a Dickens novel. I think it was Oliver Twist. I just looked at everyone and tried to force my gaping mouth to close back up. I never imagined being in a class full of Dickens-haters!! Apparently Dickens is too sappy. Too pitiful. Who cares about the orphaned child and his hungry stomach!! They wanted more Thackery with his scandalous women and shocking plots.
Puh-lease. Who wants to read about fictitious scandals when you've got real ones in the news. Everyday. (Hello? Petrino, anyone?)
I attended a small University so I took literature classes with the same folks every semester. And this anti-Dickens attitude was in every class. I finally got the guts to admit to my classmates (several semesters and classes later) that I, in fact, love Dickens and I didn't understand their attitude towards him. I was told I was a sucker for a sappy story about poor people. Really??
They were shocked to later find out that I'm a Republican. You know, the 'down with the poor people' and 'if you can't help yourself then too bad' political party? Yeah. My liberal classmates didn't want to read about the plight of poor people and were unable to equate my sympathetic personality with the desire to see less government (for the record-- I'm all for helping the poor... but that's a whole 'nother blog post).
Anyway, my absolute, hands-down favorite Dickens novel is Little Dorrit. She's one of my favorite literary characters. She's sweet, kind, generous and, yes, poor. She's poor because of her father, whom I want to shake several times throughout the novel. You see, they live in a poor house because he was unable to pay his bills. (Because, somehow, he'd be able to pay them if he lived in a poor house? Doesn't make sense, huh?) But when he finally gets money and buys his way out of the poor house he treats his Little Dorrit like trash... the only person who has stood by his side for all his years in the poor house.
It's a love story, a story on friendship, a story on loyalty and a story on the plight of the poor in Dicken's era.
If you don't like to read, then you're CRAZY! Just kidding! If you don't like to read you can watch the BBC mini-series from 2008. It has Matthew McFayden! :) And a whole bunch of other great actors.
So go out and read it! Or watch it! Especially if you, like me, are always ready for a sappy Dickens story!