Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Josephine March was played by Winona Ryder
"Fifteen-year-old Jo was very tall, thin, and brown, and reminded one of a cold, for she never seemed to know what to do with her long limbs, which were very much in her way. She had a decided mouth, a comical nose, and sharp, gray eyes, which appeared to see everything, and were turns fierce, funny, or thoughtful. Her long, thick hair was her one beauty, but it was usually bundled into a net, to be out of her way. Round shoulders had Jo, big hands and feet, a flyaway look to her clothes, and the uncomfortable appearance of a girl who was rapidly shooting up into a woman and didn't like it"
Mrs. March was played by Susan Saradon, who was in Shall We Dance (which is like my ALL time favorite movie!)
"Teddy" Laurie Lawrence was played the one and only BATMAN Christian Bale, like before he was popular. Seriously this name surprised me the most when I first saw it.
AND AMY, well little miss Amy was played superbly but Kristen Dunst
"Amy, though the youngest, was a most important person, in her own opinion at least. A regular snow maiden, with blue eyes, and yellow hair curling on her shoulders, pale and slender, and always carrying herself like a young lady mindful of her manners."
The movie is superb and I simply love the sound track. I have listened to it many many times. Watching this movie reminded me of play acting it out with friends, when we stayed with them for a couple months. It also made me really really want to read the book (which I immediately found after watching the movie).
Favorite Quotes... I have so many it was hard to choose just one!! I didn't want to overwhelm anyone and make this a large post.
"If anybody had asked Amy what the greatest trial of her life was, she would have answered at once. "My Nose." When she was a baby, Jo had accidentally dropped her into the coal hod, and Amy insisted that the fall had ruined her nose forever. It was not big nor red, like poor 'Pretrea's', it was only rather flat, and all the pinching in the world could not give it an aristocratic point. No one minded it but herself, and it was doing its best to grow, but Amy felt deeply the want of a Grecian nose, and drew whole sheets of handsome ones to console herself."
(good thing they didn't have plastic surgery then!)
What to say about this book. I really enjoyed it, it made me laugh (crazy laugh until Mr. was very annoyed and looked at me down his nose asking "What on earth made me cry out so!"), it made me cry (sob, is so more like it kinda like a breaking heart, oh BETH!), and really it made me want to be a better person (Marmee's little sermons).
Jo really curbs her temper and it was just so well-written and so realistic and I have such a fiery temper. I so want to follow her example and become good. To be known, as these girls were, for their kindness and loving.
I honestly had to stop and wonder what has happened to good writing. I am a horrible writer (I LOVE you beautiful followers even more for being so kinda and commenting and following me, even with my horrible grammar and spelling) Louisa's book is stunning, and author's just don't write like that. Actually it's sad to say allot of 'great' authors out there write just like ME! and that's horrifying. For example The House of Night series, it's like reading my own writing. It's not fabulous writing or good grammar or sentence structure. If that makes sense
I hope (fingers crossed) that with my study of the classic books (which is becoming a goal) that my writing and grammar will improve (seriously look at the sentence above about Mr. looking down his nose, now THAT (in my head at least) is a good sentence)
Author's like Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, and C.S. Lewis make me want to better myself in my writing, attitude, and my general reactions to things. I want to be a better person. This is a very strange review!
Comparing the book to the movie. It was different but the movie did a fabulous job portraying the book. And I am glad to have them both. I loved picturing the characters as the actors from the movie they fit their parts well!
I am super happy because a dear friend informed me that Louisa didn't just write Little Women, she also wrote "Little Men; Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys", sequels "Eight Cousins" and many more!! I can not wait to find them and read read read!!
OH and this is a perfect book to read just before Christmas!!