The Muppet Christmas Carol
based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
In my house (by which I mean my own floating domicile, not my parents’ current residence), there are only two Christmas movies—Love Actually and The Muppet Christmas Carol. They are only eligible for viewing between the dates of December 1st and December 24th. (Christmas Day itself, naturally, is reserved for the Doctor Who Christmas special. My mother and I are, oddly enough for a Frenchwoman and her American daughter, raging Anglophiles.) And yet, while I’ve sat down and watched The Muppet Christmas Carol these past two years, I never thought to review it for the blog. I know Christmas is over, but the Muppets are forever.
The discovery that Robin McKinley’s Pegasus was the first half of a novel floored me; yes, I thought the ending was abrupt, but the idea that Robin McKinley, a much loved author who could probably get away with publishing a hearty, predator-repulsing tome, found the “freller too fricking long” to the point that she thought it better to hack a novel in half (her word! Not mine!) kind of threw me for a loop. (To be fair, Ms. McKinley does have deadlines to reach.) In fact, she describes Pegasus’s eventual sequel to be analogous to the way The Return of the King is the sequel to The Two Towers, which is to say not a sequel at all, but the rest of the story. It’s almost as infuriating as the term “literary fiction” to be quite honest. As the very wise Brian Cronin puts it, “serialized fiction is judged – as a whole, yes, but also as each part individually”. This sort of amputation has been running wild through speculative fiction recently–so much so, in fact, that it’s time I stopped complaining and listened–does this sort of thing suggest that some authors ought to go in for serialized novels instead of traditional ones?
(To preface, I am not talking about publishers deciding to separate out a novel, such as the overseas publications of some of the novels in A Song of Fire and Ice and The Lord of the Rings, which, if you’ve been paying attention, is a single novel. I’m talking about authors making that decision for themselves.)