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19 July 2016 @ 02:46 pm
an essay for each sister  
A series of four essays on Little Women, one for each of the March girls:
http://avidly.lareviewofbooks.org/category/littlewomen/

Incidentally, I always forget how much more familiar I am with the 1994 film than I am with the novel (I did read it two or three times, but it wasn't a favorite - not in the way that The Secret Garden or Charlotte Sometimes was).
 
 
 
La Reine Noire: Victorian Fanlareinenoire on July 22nd, 2016 03:16 am (UTC)
I have the same problem with Little Women, compounded by the fact that my copy is the movie tie-in version that I got as a Christmas gift back when it first came out. I really need to reread it though, after reading those essays. I especially loved the one about Meg. Jo was my favourite (because of course she was), but I always had so much sympathy for Meg.
tempestsarekind: victoriana [bleak house]tempestsarekind on July 22nd, 2016 06:09 am (UTC)
It was the Meg essay that reminded me of how much better I know the movie, actually. In the film, I feel that Meg herself is somewhat uncomfortable with how she looks at the party when she's dressed up by her friends, and I realized that I really had no idea whether that was at all true in the novel!

The first time I tried to read Little Women, I read the entire first half of the novel - the part that was originally published under the "Little Women" title - and loved it, then got to Meg's marriage (the "Good Wives" part), and just quit the novel in disgust. For some reason when I was little, I couldn't bear to read about girls growing up and getting married: I never finished the Betsy-Tacy books or the Anne of Green Gables series for the same reason. But I grew out of that at some point, thank goodness. (I think I probably could have read about women getting married; it was only books that had young protagonists who then grew up that seemed to be a problem.)