img_4902University of Leicester PhD researcher Katie Bell has written a reflection on the Dickensian capsule exhibition and the ‘My Dickens Project’ panel that took place at BAVS 2016. She takes Dr Holly Furneaux’s argument that Dickens fan fiction (such as Dickensian) can function as literary criticism – since ‘[w]hat contributes to the memorable quality of his characters is that his works have been reimagined numerous times, and perhaps due to this, his characters can easily be extracted from their original works and viewed as part of our families’ – and unpacks it.

Below is an excerpt of the full post, which you can find over on Victorianist:

Charles Caleb Colton made the famous assertion ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’, to which Oscar Wilde cunningly added, ‘…that mediocrity can pay to greatness’.  Wilde’s addition gives a new take on the term ‘reboot’ and he more than likely would have applied his addendum to the modern film market whose current muse appears to be the never ending superhero chronicles.  Do film and television adaptations cross the line from creatively exploring a new way of seeing a well-loved story, such as Colton surmised, or are they merely rehashing old plot lines as a way to avoid bringing a new story line to the market, as Wilde suggests?  Further, is this act of recycling truly creative or is it merely imitative; if the former, how far can we, as well-read writers, move from imitating those authors who truly inspire us?

Read more at the link.