I finally read (and watched) Little Women! The movie made me do it. So actually, I claimed a free trial of Masterpiece PBS through my Amazon account, which came with unlimited period dramas and was the BEST way to pass the shelter-in-place restrictions. I binged on Jane Austen (they had Sanditon & Northanger Abbey) and Wilkie Collins’ The Woman In White … AND THEN the 2018 Little Women series!! I loved it, and ran out to get the new movie from Redbox. And then I had to read the book. I devoured it, I can’t believe it has taken me so long to read! The characters are so genuinely good-hearted, and there are so many simple lessons that can be gleaned from the stories-within-the-story. This is definitely a new favorite for me, one I can see myself re-reading for years to come.
The 2018 Little Women miniseries was the first one I watched, and honestly I am glad I did. Of course the book is always better than the movie, and I prefer to read the book before watching, but in this case I think it was great to know the story before reading the book. Little Women is a big read and a lot happens, so having a visual in my mind was helpful for keeping the story straight in my head. Also, it was fun to compare-and-contrast what happens in the movie to what happens in the book!
The miniseries dutifully checked off the lengthy novel’s greatest plot points: the burned manuscript, the ice, the limes, Meg’s solo trip to a fancy party and consequent unnecessary guilt — and looks beautiful. I appreciate the amount of detail that this series captured. Movies are too short to fit in everything sometimes, so having episodes allows for more of the story to be shown.
The new 2020 Little Women movie was amazing, but I have to say I liked the other one better for its content. I was so excited to see Emma Watson cast as Meg, and I did truly enjoy the new movie. But I am glad I saw the miniseries first. I felt that the producers tried too hard to differentiate this film from the miniseries, and if I hadn’t read the book first I would have been extremely confused by the timeline (I was slightly confused even after having read the book, TBH!). Once I understood the present-vs-past flashbacks I enjoyed the movie a lot more, but I thought that it was a distracting and strange way to present the timeline of events. In that sense, the 2018 was better.
I haven’t yet seen the 1933, 1949 or 1994 versions yet, but I am adding them to my To-Be-Watched Wishlist, for sure!
Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist, short story writer and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women and its sequels Little Men (1871) and Jo’s Boys (1886). Published in 1868, Little Women is set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts, and is loosely based on Alcott’s childhood experiences with her three sisters, Abigail May Alcott Nieriker, Elizabeth Sewall Alcott, and Anna Alcott Pratt. The novel was well-received at the time and is still wildly popular today. It has been adapted many times to the stage, film, and television.
Little Women bookmarks now available in my Etsy shop! CLICK HERE! Each design features vintage illustrations and a different quote from each March sister. Choose from four designs:
Meg ♥ “Rest and Read”
Jo ♥ “I like adventures, and I’m going to find some.”
Beth ♥ “Hope and keep busy”
Amy ♥ “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”