The Classics Club's December question is remarkably specific!
What is your favorite memory of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol? Have you ever read it? If not, will you? Why should others read it rather than relying on the film adaptions?
I have read A Christmas Carol a couple of times, and I've read it aloud to my kids. It's not that easy for kids to understand the story, actually, unless they're older; Dickens uses a lot of circumlocutions and fancy words like circumlocutions. The story has several wonderful depictions of domestic life in Victorian times, but that life was so different from ours, and contained so many now-disused words, that it's not an easy story for children.
I do think people should read it, of course, but to be honest I've preferred a couple of the film versions. It's a story that is naturally suited to film--if Dickens had been around for the 20th century, I bet he would have made this a movie! He was so dramatic anyway. I usually prefer for kids to read books before they see the movies, but in this case I'm OK with doing it the other way around.
I like two Christmas Carol films. The 1951 version that everyone likes, with Alastair Sim (look, the whole thing is on Youtube, and beautifully clear), and the Muppet Christmas Carol, which is really wonderfully done. Oh, and Blackadder's Christmas Carol, of course, but I'm not sure that counts!