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Charles Dickens Quiz! Book Club Bonus

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Ebenezer Scrooge may have finally seen the light in the final few pages of A Christmas Carol but he’s hardly Charles Dickens’ most sympathetic creation.
That didn’t seem to matter to readers taking part in a Penguin Books poll to try and find the most popular Dickens character.
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Charles Dickens Quiz! Book Club Bonus

Surprising Result

Ebenezer Scrooge may have finally seen the light in the final few pages of A Christmas Carol but he’s hardly Charles Dickens’ most sympathetic creation.

That didn’t seem to matter to readers taking part in a Penguin Books poll to try and find the most popular Dickens character.

Scrooge won hands down in the 2012 survey marking the 200th anniversary of the author’s birth and some of the other miscreants and villains making up the top 10 were just as dark. The only good guys chosen were David Copperfield’s Betsey Trotwood and Joe Gargery and Pip from Great Expectations.

Marley’s Ghost

Marley’s Ghost

Illustration by John Leech

A Banker?!

Acclaimed Dickens biographer Claire Tomalin was quoted as saying: "People love villains and Dickens' villains are so well-drawn.

He filled them with such energy - they are more striking than his good characters. The thing about Scrooge is that he's a double-whammy - he's allowed to repent and become a good character but he is more interesting when he is being bad.

"Scrooge's popularity is surprising, since his modern equivalent might be a banker. But Dickens excelled in creating villains, and always gave them more energy and brio than his good characters, so that we never forget them.

A Changed Man

A Changed Man

Illustration by John Leech

Readers Respond

"Scrooge is a monster, a wicked employer and a heartless miser,” she adds, "but he is allowed to repent and see the error of his ways.

So perhaps it's the contrast between his outrageous meanness and coldness and his cheery generosity and lavishness at the end that readers respond to.”

Try and name the other villains beloved by Dickens fans:

ANSWER:

Let us know your favorite in the reviews!

The top 10 most popular Dickens characters chosen by 833 people voting on the Penguin website were:

1. Ebenezer Scrooge - A Christmas Carol

2. Miss Havisham - Great Expectations

3. Sydney Carton - A Tale Of Two Cities

4. The Artful Dodger - Oliver Twist

5. Fagin - Oliver Twist

6. Joe Gargery - Great Expectations

7. Pip - Great Expectations

8. Nancy - Oliver Twist

9. Abel Magwitch - Great Expectations

10. Betsey Trotwood - David Copperfield