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Re: *Special Guest: Prof. John O. Jordan, Dickens Scholar (2/16-2/27/09)

Yes, our ideas on this point do differ quite a bit. But from your perspective, I would imagine that very few film adaptations could ever live up to the high standard of "fidelity" to the original that you expect. In any event, I've enjoyed the discussion and serving as your on line guest commentator. Thanks for inviting me, and keep reading Dickens!
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Re: *Special Guest: Prof. John O. Jordan, Dickens Scholar (2/16-2/27/09)

Professor Jordan -- thank you for sharing your time and your perspectives with us!



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Re: *Special Guest: Prof. John O. Jordan, Dickens Scholar (2/16-2/27/09)

Professor Jordan, thank you for sharing your knowledge and insights with us!


I'm sorry that you ended up with a presentation that many of us obviously disliked or were disappointed in, while you enjoyed it.  We do tend to be critical when we are reading the novel at the same time as watching the adaptation, but usually not this much.  I generally like adaptations of favorite works, but I have to say that, personally, this one lost something in the 'translation'.  It certainly did have its moments and treated some of the characters well, but I just didn't care much about Oliver himself or what happened to him; the other characters and plot points seemed to overshadow him.

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