My little women 2019 movie guide finally arrived. It is an interesting read and I do find it interesting to reflect it to the previous film adaptations I have seen. I think we are in a very unique situation. 1933,1949 and 1994 films (or rather their screen writers) were quite undecided weather Jo should end up with Laurie or Friedrich as a result we get a weird triangle (in the book there is no triangle) and Amy and Laurie are not being developed as a couple.
Now we get Gerwig´s film which is going to develop Amy and Laurie as a couple but with Jo instead of having Fritz/Laurie debate Gerwig is more into Fritz/spinster debate. Based on everything I´v heard the film is going to be very pro JoxFritz and yet the director/screen writer seems to be rather undecided. Adaptations are going from one extremity to another. If you ask me the modern adaptation from 2018 is still the only one with clear intention to develop JoxFritz and AmyxLaurie and be truthful to the books (and actually show Jo´s and Friedrich´s mutual growth).
Is the direction of the films moving ahead? Yes, but it´s also going backwards a bit. Would it be so bad to live in a world where we could be happy with this novel and its canon pairings? I do think I know where it all comes from. There has not been enough focus on Friedrich´s and Laurie´s character arcs and their growth processes with their significant others (neither with Meg and John for that matter). Most conversations around Little Women are about Jo and only about Jo. We are just now stepping to an era where there is more focus on all other characters (other sisters and the male characters included). Let´s make the most of it.
“I forgot young ladies in America go to school more than with us. Very fine schools they are, too, Papa says. You go to a private one, I suppose?” [said Kate Vaughan.]
“I don’t go at all. I am a governess myself.” [said Meg.]
“Oh. indeed!” said Miss Kate, but she might as well have said, “Dear me, how dreadful!” for her tone implied it, and something in her face made Meg color, and wish she had not been so frank.
Mr. Brooke looked up and said quickly,
"Young ladies in America love independence as much as their ancestors did, and are admired and respected for supporting themselves.”
I have seen 13 adaptations. This has never been included. Seriously this is an important scene in the terms of John's and Meg's relationship and character development!
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