Gosh, that is profoundly relevant. I've only read Tale of Two Cities before, but I'm thinking that Dickens may be an author with whom I need to be more familiar. Thanks for sharing!
Dickens novels contain everything: humour, parody, the rich, the poor, urbanisation, social critique, a range of genres, religion...
He isn’t my favourite author, but his plots are dynamic, and the narrator constantly jumps into different scenes. Things happen, which is why his novels translate incredibly well into film.