17 November 2012

Things I Object To In Louisa May Alcott

Rereading Little Men and I have some thoughts about the March saga.

1) What in the name of ever loving hell does John Brooke die of in Little Men? It's like one day he's walking around all lalalalala and the next day he's dead. Quickly. In The Night. (My theory is murrdeerrrr. Think crossover book called: The Little Men... Of the Night!)

2) While we're on the subject of death row, Beth, it is largely believed, died of TB. Right? But there's no mention! First she goes to feed some sick family, blahblahblahBORING, and then she's never the same again. The characters who preach at you most die first. Novel Rule Of Thumb. (John Brooke was SUPER preachy during Good Wives.)

3) Amy marries Laurie after Jo turns him down. I know you're all with me.

4) Amy is just generally a brat, but I did enjoy/resent her grown up experiences far more than Jo's or Meg's. She got to be the lady and all ladida, and as a fierce Jo lover, I was all like WHAT WHY DOES SHE GET ALL THE GOOD STUFF? (Trip to Europe, I'm looking at you.)

5) Actually I enjoyed Meg a lot. I liked when she got all tarted up at that party at Sallie Moffat's (?), I liked her whole Brooke-romance, I liked her twin babies and her little house. Meg was cool. (This is not an objection, but I wish there was more Meg.)

6) Except in Jo's Boys, when she (SPOILER!) (can you put a spoiler on a 100 year old book? Maybe.) doesn't let Nat marry Daisy because of his background and I'm like bitch please, remember the fuss Aunt March kicked up when you wanted to marry dear departed John?

7) Also Bess Must Never Know Dan Loves Her Because She Is So Pure And White And He Has Lived Among The Indians.

8)  Did anyone really like Beth? I mean, I know I was meant to be sad when she popped it, but even then, at the tender age of 11, I was all "Eh."

9) What do we really think about Bhaer? He kinda grew on me by the end. No? I mean, still JoLaurie should've happened, no question, but Bhaer could've been a LOT worse.

10) Isn't it weird how everyone names their kids after each other and Meg and John named their kids AFTER THEMSELVES? Daisy was actually Meg III, Marmee being original Meg. Obviously the husbands have no say, because it's all Marches, all the time.


  1. Agree, with almost all of these. I was never that fond of Jo-Laurie, but the rest, absolutely.

    I actually enjoyed non-March family Alcotts better - Jack and Jill, Eight Cousins and Rose In Bloom, and my favorite - An Old-fashioned girl. They had similar issues, I think, but all tremendous fun to read =)

  2. Tottallee!
    And I thought I was the only one thinking it...

  3. Epic post. Might just have to go re-read Little Women again.

  4. Spoiler Alert on a 100 yr old saga possible you ask?YES! John Brooke dies?!
    Spot on with the 6 and 7 :)
    Also, how do you pronounce Bhaer. Why couldnt he better 5 years younger?

  5. I'm having the blah-est day at work. Been typing away on my laptop pretending to shoot off emails and whatnot, while actually reading blogs and stalking people on FB. And now you've given me another reason to procrastinate. Next stop: onread dot com :-)

  6. I like alcott's books because they open a window into the world of that time, but I have to say that a lot of her writing is extremely preachy and annoying:especially in the little women saga. Everyone is so moral and irritating. Have you read an old fashioned girl? I think it is th best out of all her novels.

  7. 1. Actually how I found this. Hunting teh interwebs for the answer..

    2. She goes to help a sick family, catches scarlet fever and is never well again afterwards. This is due to scarlet, at the time, causing irreparable damage to the heart, and most sufferers in her way died young. No idea where the TB thing came from, unless it's one of the films.

    3. My jury's still a bit weird on that one.

    4. I'm completely a Jo fan, and Amy's my least favourite, but Jo totally did herself out of that one by acting the brat.. But if she had gone, Beth would have died without her, which would have damaged her a lot more than Amy.

    8. I am not ashamed to admit that Beth's scarlet fever scene made me tear up last time I read it..

    Bhaer <3

  8. Oh wow I didn't even know 'Little Men' was a book! I skipped straight from 'Good Wives' to 'Jo's Boys' and was really confused as to where John Brooke had gone...

    Yeah the Amy marrying Laurie thing was a bit weird, but y'knows we couldn't possibly have him marrying someone from outside the novel!

    I really liked Meg, though Alcott doesn't seem to think much of her parenting skills and the Nat/Daisy, Bess/Dan thing was a bit ridonc. My favourite was obvs Jo, and sadly Beth would probably have come last - only because she never really does anything whereby you could get to know more about her character. Rereading the death scene now is super emotional! As is the Bhaer proposal <3


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