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** The film also fails to mention that Dickens didn't make that much money from the initial printing of the book; although the book was a huge hit, Dickens' insistence on hand-colored illustrations and decorations (very expensive at the time) on each page ate into his share of the profits.

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** The film also fails to mention that Dickens didn't make that much money from the initial printing of the book; although the book was ''was'' a huge hit, Dickens' his insistence on hand-colored illustrations and decorations (very expensive at the time) on each page ate into his share of the profits.



* CreatorRecovery: InUniverse, after Dickens finally realizes he doesn't need to let his horrible childhood hold him back, he finds the inspiration to finish the book.

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* CreatorRecovery: InUniverse, InUniverse; after Dickens finally realizes he doesn't need to let his horrible childhood hold him back, he finds the inspiration to finish the book.



* DarkAndTroubledPast: Dickens' childhood working in a factory casts a stain on his soul, and he's eager to hide it.

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: Dickens' Dickens's childhood working in a factory casts a stain on his soul, and he's eager to hide it.



* JerkassHasAPoint: Charles giving his father a ReasonYouSuckSpeech is a low moment for him. But the father has been in the house for weeks, under false pretences of writing for the paper and spending Charles's money and distracting him with his silly antics.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Charles giving his father a ReasonYouSuckSpeech is a low moment for him. But the father has been in the house for weeks, under false pretences pretenses of writing for the paper and paper, all the while spending Charles's money and distracting him with his silly antics.antics.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: As in RealLife, the Dickenses have several children, and Kate informs Charles during the course of the film that another one is on the way.



* MrImagination: Dickens' imagination is so vivid the characters come to life and converse with him and each other. It's implied he gets it from his father, who spins wild fairy tales.

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* MrImagination: Dickens' Dickens's imagination is so vivid vivid, the characters come to life and converse with him and each other. It's implied he gets it from his father, who spins wild fairy tales.



* NoOSHACompliance: [[spoiler:The factory Dickens worked in as a child has long since closed down, leaving it in considerable disrepair when he returns during the climax]].

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* NoOSHACompliance: [[spoiler:The factory Dickens worked in as a child has long since closed down, leaving it in considerable disrepair when he returns during the climax]].climax.]]


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* ParentalMarriageVeto: A source of drama for Dickens's dear friend Forster, who is very much in love with a girl whose father has forbidden her to marry him. [[spoiler:Happily, he changes his mind by the end of the film and they are engaged.]]


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* SmallNameBigEgo: John Dickens. When little Charles is sent to the boot-blacking factory, his father tells him not to cry and to tell whoever's in charge that he's the son of John Dickens, implying that this is going to protect him and give him importance. Naturally, all it results in for little Charles is mockery and humiliation. The fact that John still acts as though he's much more famous or significant than he is contributes to his son's lingering DaddyIssues.


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* WritersSuck: A humorous example. Dickens argues with his own characters about his importance in writing the story - and ''loses''.

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* AdvertisedExtra: Sort of. Anna Murphy plays both Tara and the Ghost of Christmas Past. The ghost only appears in one small scene, but she's featured on the poster.


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* JerkassHasAPoint: Charles giving his father a ReasonYouSuckSpeech is a low moment for him. But the father has been in the house for weeks, under false pretences of writing for the paper and spending Charles's money and distracting him with his silly antics.


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* WhoopiEpiphanySpeech: Tara the maid - an orphan Irish girl - gives Charles a speech on why it's important for Scrooge to change.


* AdultFear: Dickens having known poverty as a youth thanks to his careless father is obviously terrified of his own family suffering the same fate when his book sells start dropping and his bills start piling up.

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* AdultFear: Dickens having known poverty as a youth thanks to his careless father is obviously terrified of his own family suffering the same fate when his book sells sales start dropping and his bills start piling up.

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* CastingGag: Simon Callow, who plays John Leech, the illustrator, has also played both [[WesternAnimation/ChristmasCarolTheMovie Ebenezer Scrooge]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E3TheUnquietDead Charles Dickens]].

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* AdultFear: Dickens having known poverty as a youth thanks to his careless father is obviously terrified of his own family suffering the same fate when his book sells start dropping and his bills start piling up.


* CallForward: A constable who's a fan of ''Martin Chuzzlewit'' has the last name Copperfield, which Dickens will use for ''Litertaure/DavidCopperfield''.

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* CallForward: A constable who's a fan of ''Martin Chuzzlewit'' has the last name Copperfield, which Dickens will use for ''Litertaure/DavidCopperfield''.''Literature/DavidCopperfield''.


* RemittanceMan: John Dickens.

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* RemittanceMan: John Dickens.An unusual variation, with a son paying his father, rather than the other way around.

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* RemittanceMan: John Dickens.


* RageAgainstTheAuthor: Scrooge takes offense to not being able to present his side of things and even writes a speech about the virtues of the free market, which Dickens rejects. Later, [[spoiler:every other character refuses to work with Scrooge after he alienates his family and friends]].

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* RageAgainstTheAuthor: Scrooge takes offense to not being able to present his side of things and even writes a speech about the virtues of the free market, which Dickens rejects. Later, [[spoiler:every other character refuses to work with Scrooge Dickens after he alienates his family and friends]].


* RageAgainstTheAuthor: Scrooge takes offense to not being able to present his side of things and even writes a speech about the virtues of the free market, which Dickens rejects.

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* RageAgainstTheAuthor: Scrooge takes offense to not being able to present his side of things and even writes a speech about the virtues of the free market, which Dickens rejects. Later, [[spoiler:every other character refuses to work with Scrooge after he alienates his family and friends]].

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* YetAnotherChristmasCarol: Dickens writing ''A Christmas Carol'' helps him reconnect with his family and friends in a manner similar to Scrooge.

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* ThrowTheDogABone: After ''Martin Chuzzlewit'' is lambasted by critics and fans for a majority of the film, Dickens finally finds someone who likes it at the end.


* CreatorRecovery: InUniverse, after Dickens finally realizes he doesn't need to let his horrible childhood hold him back he finds the inspiration to finish the book.

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* CreatorRecovery: InUniverse, after Dickens finally realizes he doesn't need to let his horrible childhood hold him back back, he finds the inspiration to finish the book.



* MrImagination: Dickens' imagination is so vivid the characters come to life and converse with him and each other.

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* MrImagination: Dickens' imagination is so vivid the characters come to life and converse with him and each other. It's implied he gets it from his father, who spins wild fairy tales.



* NiceToTheWaiter: Dickens treats his household staff extremely well; even letting one of the maids borrow his books... as long as he's not moody.

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* NiceToTheWaiter: Dickens treats his household staff extremely well; well, even letting one of the maids borrow his books... as long as he's not moody.moody.
* NoOSHACompliance: [[spoiler:The factory Dickens worked in as a child has long since closed down, leaving it in considerable disrepair when he returns during the climax]].


* AndYouWereThere: Many of the characters Dickens creates are based on, and played by, people he comes across while looking for inspiration.

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* AndYouWereThere: Many of the characters Dickens creates are based on, and played by, people he comes across while looking for inspiration. Lampshaded when he tells the illustrator that the Ghost of Christmas Present is essentially Forster and gets him to pose for the role.



* HeterosexualLifePartners: Dickens and Forster are very close friends, with the latter giving him writing advice as well as being a confidant.



* ShadowArchetype: [[spoiler:Scrooge represents Dickens' own insecurities and fears]].

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* ShadowArchetype: [[spoiler:Scrooge represents Dickens' own insecurities and fears]].fears, and confronting them through him inspires Dickens to finish the book]].

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* CallForward: A constable who's a fan of ''Martin Chuzzlewit'' has the last name Copperfield, which Dickens will use for ''Litertaure/DavidCopperfield''.

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