I’ve never been a particular fan of Dickens, as I find most of his work to be….well….Dickensian. I prefer my literary retreats to be a bit less dark.
The Brits, however, are embracing their inner Dickens, and have felt compelled to create the Charles Dickens Theme Park.
In Dickens World, rat catchers hunt vermin on London’s cobbled streets, pickpockets roam the alleys — and visitors line up for a fun-tastic water ride.
Lovely. The story continues….
The indoor attraction includes a central square of cobbled streets and crooked buildings, where staff dressed as pickpockets and wenches will mingle with the crowds. Visitors who pay the $25 admission charge — $15 for children — will have the chance to see the Ghost of Christmas Past in Ebeneezer Scrooge’s haunted house, be hectored by a schoolmaster at Dotheboys Hall — the dismal school from “Nicholas Nickleby” — and peer into the fetid cells of notorious Newgate Prison.
Wow. I don’t even know where to go with this one. Somehow, I doubt that Dickens was intending to make “wenches” and pickpockets glamorous. Or entertaining in this sense.
Is it just me, or is this really creepy?