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Inspiration for Authors: The Man Who Invented Christmas (film) | IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ and Other Works by Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

The Man Who Invented Christmas. If you haven’t seen this film, I highly recommend it. When I saw the trailer and said, “I have GOT to see that!” my son bought it for me. I saved i…

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Inspiration for Authors: The Man Who Invented Christmas (film)

The Man Who Invented Christmas.

If you haven’t seen this film, I highly recommend it. When I saw the trailer and said, “I have GOT to see that!” my son bought it for me. I saved it, un-watched, until we could see it together. We finally got to do that a few nights ago, and I laughed harder than I’d done in quite a while.

Of course, it’s highly fictionalized, but how it portrays the writing process rings true to my experience as a novelist, in most respects (I’ve never suffered with “blockage,” as expressed by William Makepeace Thackeray, in the script). Non-writers often don’t understand that fiction is neither autobiographical nor biographical, and the film correctly shows how a novelist puts together pieces of real-life experience in a different way, creating a new “fictional reality,” (what I call “Life in the Parallel Universe”). The way Dickens accumulates a following of fictional characters who turn up in odd places and at unreasonable times, and who don’t do what he wants them to do,  is hilariously accurate. There are no Queensberry Rules for writing a novel: it’s a free-for-all; anything goes, and it usually does.

I’ve written about Charles Dickens elsewhere in this blog: All You Need is Love, in which it’s shown that A Christmas Carol is more subtly complicated than many who enjoy the tale would suspect; and in my Another Author’s Insight quotation series, in which Dickens, writing in 1850 after having finished David Copperfield, reveals the true depth of the relationship that can develop between authors and their characters.

My son found my reaction to the film as amusing as the movie, but I told him, “Wait until YOU write a novel – THEN you’ll know!”

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All You Need Is Love.

What the Dickens?! A selfie-blog-post redux?

Reblogs don’t happen very often around here, but my next few posts aren’t quite ready for prime time, and so I thought I’d climb on the Christmas bandwagon and reprise this post from April. Back then, my readership was still small, so some of you may have missed it. As an examination of Life in Art, I hope that fellow writers will find it helpful.

A blog post by smilingldsgirl was the inspiration for this article. She comes to the rescue again, with her recent announcement of upcoming reviews of the many film adaptations of the classic Christmas story. My two favorites were the Reginald Owen version and the Mr. Magoo cartoon (in fact, two musical numbers from the latter production provided partial inspiration for scenes in Chapters 4 and 27 of Irish Firebrands).

Incidentally, the illustrations for this post were scanned from the copy of the book that I grew up reading.

IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ and Other Works by Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

Illustrations ©1929, Saalfield Publishing Co. Illustrations ©1929, Saalfield Publishing Co.

As the author of a love story, and inspired by the question posed by smilingldsgirl: Never Fall in Love? I’ll begin by analyzing Dickens’s character, Ebenezer Scrooge, using the four Greek definitions of love: storge, eros, philia and agape.

Scrooge lost storge at an early age, upon his mother’s death and from his father’s emotional withdrawal, and later, upon the death of his younger sister (mother of his nephew, Fred). He also rejected the storge offered by his nephew. Scrooge retreated from eros when he failed to contract and consummate a marriage with the only woman in whom he’d ever had a romantic interest. He developed an anemic sort of philia with his sole business partner, Marley, who also predeceased him. Scrooge did not develop agape until he had the equivalent of a near-death experience, after which he also became a philanthropist…

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