I had never read Little Women. I kind of knew what it was about because I had heard references to it, and maybe it was assigned to me in High School, but I didn’t read much of the things I was assigned to read, so I had never read it. I almost didn’t want to read it this time, but it was next in line at the library, and if I want to finish this challenge, I have to read it, so I got it. First of all, it was really long and the words were TINY on the pages. I was so worried that I wouldn’t like the book and wouldn’t want to finish reading it. And I did feel that way at the beginning, but that was because I couldn’t keep all of the characters straight. Once I was able to tell them apart, they came to life. I had a lot of fun reading the book and was actually telling my family members about the characters like they were read people. I was anxious to finish because I knew that Jo would eventually fall in love and I couldn’t wait to meet the man who would match her. I was not dissapointed, and I loved the book a lot.
I immediately went and watched the 1994 movie on Amazon as soon as I had finished the book. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the movie, but again, I enjoyed it. The book is so long, and the movie couldn’t possibly tell everything that happened in the book, but I think they did a good job or getting the point of the book across. I also loved the acting in the movie. It was weird to see all of those big-named actors in this movie when they were so young.
I decided to give Little Women it’s own review because it is such an iconic book and I got so caught up in the March family that I felt like they deserved their own post! I loved how the girls were all so different yet they were each special in their own ways. I think that’s what made them easy to love. Their parents were wonderful and way ahead of their peers in their thinking on women’s rights. I’m sure that was Louisa May Alcott’s way of bringing out her own thoughts on women’s rights, but since I know nothing of her life, that might not be accurate. I just assumed she patterned Jo after herself because she was a writer, but that too is just conjecture and might not be true at all. I definitely saw a lot of myself in Jo.
The only part of the movie that I didn’t like was the end. The end of the book showed all of the March family together years after Jo’s marriage, and they all had children running around and Meg’s twins were 9 or 10, I think. I was looking forward to seeing them all together like that in the movie, but it didn’t happen. It ended with Jo getting engaged. It was still a good movie, just not the ending I was hoping to see. The book was better, overall, but that’s also because you can always get inside the characters better in a book, so they are generally better than the movie.
Now that Little Women is behind me, I’ll move ahead to the next library book. I hope it’s just as good!!
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