Why Are Certain Stories Timeless? What Scrooge Can Teach Us About Great Writing

A lovely commentary on redemption and Charles Dicken’s story…

Kristen Lamb's Blog

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One of my all-time favorite movies for the holidays is The Muppets Christmas Carol. I believe I’ve seen this movie a few hundred thousand times. I’ve worn out three VHS tapes and at least three DVDs. I play the movie over and over, mainly because, well, duh,  MUPPETS! I drive my husband nuts playing this movie over and over…and over.

I’m worse than a three-year-old.

Muppets aside, I also can’t get enough of the music. I love the story of A Christmas Carol no matter how many times I see it, no matter how many renditions, and I am certainly not alone. Charles Dickens’ story of a redeemed miser is a staple for holiday celebrations around the world and across the generations.

This story is virtually synonymous with “Christmas,” but why is it such a powerful story? Why has it spoken so deeply to so many? Why is it…

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2 Comments on “Why Are Certain Stories Timeless? What Scrooge Can Teach Us About Great Writing”

  1. Kathleen says:

    Sorry, Deb, I disagree with you on this one. I am no writer, so don’t know much. But I think this writer, as many have, has taken a favorite Charles Dickens tale and analyzed it to death, especially in the Christian context. The constant use of bolded statements was also distracting. A Christmas Carol is a Christian story, but Dickens’ message is simple: love one another as though each day was Christmas and have a compassionate heart. That, I believe, is why this story has been timeless. Truthfully, if I had never read the story and read Ms. Lamb’s analysis first, I wouldn’t bother with reading it at all. (btw, I’m in a mood)


  2. That’s okay (re: you’re in a mood)! I found her analysis inspiring, but I’ve read through the comments on her blog, and there were others that shared your opinion. If someone else is thinking of not reading Dickens’ story based on Kristen’s post, then your comment may assure them to not judge the book by one writers opinion. Thanks for sharing Kathy.


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