Can someone call NBC?

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As I delve into Our Mutual Friend, I can’t help but think about Charles Dickens being a writer in our time. I can guarantee he would be perfect for writing out episodes of Law and Order on NBC. As an avid fan of this show, I am enthralled with the beginning of Book 1 and Book2 in this novel. This story has the perfect layout for an episode on Law and Order. In the opening scenes of any good Law and Order episode, you have a mysterious murder, which will later lead the detectives down a winding road of confusion. Here, in Our Mutual Friend, we have the dead body of the elusive John Harmon. Not to mention, John Harmon was intended to receive a grand inheritance. To complicate matters more, Harmon was only going to receive this inheritance by marrying Bella Wilfer. The pot is already simmering and Dickens is just beginning to stir it. Along with an intense and complicated murder, any outstanding Law and Order episode must come equip with sketchy and complicated by-standers. People, who probably are involved with the crime, but there is no evidence to prove their involvement. Enter the Hexam family. Is the Gaffer making his living solely by robbing the dead out on the River and dragging his daughter Lizzie along for the ride? Is he murdering people only to steal their money and then dumping them in the river, only to “discover” their body later? I can feel the pot boiling. This is how I feel in the beginning of any Law and Order episode- anxious, confused, and suspicious. To add to the already overflowing pot, we are introduced to this string of people in Our Mutual Friend. I can’t help but wonder how each individual is involved in this story line. Like in Law and Order, the detectives question so many “persons of interest” and by the end of the show, you can’t remember who’s who. While I’m on the subject of people, who is this John Rokesmith man? My instict tells me he is involved in a very peculiar and deceitful way. This mystery is far from over and I can’t help but imagine it being played out on primetime television. Maybe the writers of Law and Order have never read this Dickens masterpiece. Surely if they had, Our Mutual Friend would already be an episode. So, can someone call NBC?

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3 responses »

  1. I think that is an excellent comparison to compare this Law & Order. I also like how you used the wording “getting the pot boiling”. That’s exactly what Dickens is doing. I think it’s great that his work satisfies your interests in murder mystery and at the same time, satisfies my tendency to gravitate towards comedic situations. P.S. You have a fun blogging voice!

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