Critical discourse on Charles Dickens – especially late Dickens, most especially of all Bleak House – has gotten out of hand, and finds itself concentrating on virtues that Dickens doesn’t actually possess in a bid to shoehorn him into our notion of what a great writer is and what his writing does.
"'Cuz for this story to make sense… for it to mean anything… you have to believe in something. Something very important. You have to believe that people can change". Batman: Noël is the pure, staggering genius of superimposing Dickens' A Christmas Carol on the darkest of Dark Knights.
The spoonful of sugar that The Wire employs in relating its harsh theme is all wrapped up in that medicine's themes of fatalism. The humor employed in Oliver Twist highlights the opposite: the needlessness of the system that allows orphans to starve to death.
The special edition of this Dickens classic is an admirable example of the superiority of the Blu-ray format, highlighting the voluptuous period settings and finely wrought details in every episode of the 2005 mini-series.