A Christmas Carol


What is your favorite book to movie adaption?

As a rule, I don’t like most of them. In a book you’re able to understand the characters better because you’ve had the time to get to know them. There’s always something in the book I read that the movie leaves out, and I don’t like that either.

That being said, sometimes I do like the movie better. I read somewhere that Pretty Woman, which is one of my favorite movies, was very dark with a sad ending. The movie was anything but dark and sad. I’m assuming it was based on a book and not just a script someone wrote.

One of my favorite adaptations is the Anne of Green Gables movie starring Megan Follows. I enjoyed the actress who played Anne. She was very much like I imagined Anne to be. I read all of the Green Gables books as a young person and totally enjoyed them.

I’ve also enjoyed several versions of Little Women. That book is another of my childhood favorites.

But the question asked which one was my favorite, and if I could only choose one I’d pick the George C. Scott version of A Christmas Carol. The book was faithful to the original Dickens novel, and in some cases I think they used dialogue from the book word for word.  They did a great job with casting and music, and the set designs were fabulous. I seldom let a Christmas go by without watching the movie.

What about you? Do you have a favorite book to movie adaptation?


About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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7 Responses to A Christmas Carol

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    I would like to see the Scott version of Christmas Carol. I’ve seen a few other versions — including a cartoon version — and like the basic story. Can’t recall if I’ve read the Dickens novella or not.
    Funny thing about the movie Pretty Woman — my late mom-in-law, who was a devoted Barbara Cartland fan and read almost exclusively in the “sweet” romance genre, absolutely LOVED the movie Pretty Woman. It always struck me that a film about a prostitute hired by a wealthy tycoon would attract such devotion from Mom.


  2. Oh, Elaine, did you strike it with me! I ADORE George C. Scott’s A Christmas Carol! I absolutely have to run it at least once a season.I had it first on VHS now DVS, after I had seen it on TV back when they first put it out.
    It was almost as much a revelation seeing this portrayal as it was seeing Hamlet with Lawrence Olivier for the first time:he made Shakespeare make sense to me, and G.C.S. made Scrouge make sense to me.
    I had never understood the crotchety old geezer doing jumps down the street afterward. No, it was all out of character. This performance made the man believable; how he had it in him, but lost his way, and you could see him find himself again, not just out of fear, but that he could open his heart and mind to the goos around him and be good himself, without being an old fool. He makes you want to know this Ebenezer Scrouge.

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I heard good things about this movie when it came out. I’ve read the story and seen the stage play several times, but haven’t been able to sit through a movie version. Not yet, anyway.


  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I think you’d like it.

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