A new podcast episode. Amy and Jo, not so different after all. Why on earth the filmmakers think it is a good idea to have the two sisters fight over a guy when in the novel that never happens. Enjoy!
This time Emily and I are discussing the portrayal of strong female characters in the media, and when did loneliness become a mark of being strong. Also discussing Louisa May Alcott´s own loneliness and her search for love and acceptance.
Something I read today and I thought it was perfect.
“While Meg and John are the down-to-earth couple (Meg arguably even more so after John dies), Amy and Laurie are the Romantics, the artists. Jo and Friedrich combine the two. One of Friedrich’s most compelling qualities is that he combines domestic and romantic heroism. - Christine Doyle (Singing Mignon´s song)
podcast episode is here and it is all about Amy. Enjoy!
”In this one situation, Amy burning the manuscript and Jo letting Amy fall through the ice–both of their greatest sins are on full display and both see the very real potential consequences of their sin. Amy doesn’t lose her sister’s love because she falls through the ice and Jo gets a chance to realize that her anger and unwillingness to forgive could have cost, not just her relationship with her sister, but her sister, altogether. They literally and figuratively survive it all. They get grace. And in that grace, they grow.
Consequences of bad choices have to be experienced/seen in some way to generate growth. This is true both in life and in storytelling”
In this episode, we are talking about Jo´s and Friedrich´s engagement. What happened between those months that Friedrich spent working at the west. What was and what wasn´t part of the 19th-century courtship. Thanks to @jomiddlemarch for letting me read a lovely Jo and Friedrich story.
Today´s topic is all about people misleading Little Women fans. Dissecting Greta Gerwig´s quotes, how the things she says about the novel, actually don´t happen in the novel, she just wants you to think they do. How come film directors and even some Alcott scholars complain about Friedrich´s looks, when Jo herself is not written to be beautiful or superficial, or the fact that Louisa May Alcott´s self-image was affected by the people making fun of her. Why Greta Gerwig, who is married to a man 14 years older than she likes to complain Jo being married to an older man. Why this film completely ignores the toxic elements within Jo´s and Laurie´s relationship? and entirely erases them. How come the male characters character arcs are entirely erased?
This episode is all about Amy´s and Laurie´s romance in the book and in the adaptations, but also how filmmakers and scriptwriters between 1917 and 2019 are obsessed with Jo and Laurie and include scenes between them that do not happen in the novel.
"One of the things this podcast made me realize is that the adaptations always focus on the positive traits of Jo and Laurie´s friendship and the negative traits in Amy and Laurie´s relationship. That is why it is so hard for people to root for them. Even the 2019 adaptation did that and people were praising it because "it made a good contrast" anyways screw the adaptations and always book supremacy. Go listen to this! they literally transferred Jo´s and Laurie´s toxic traits to Amy and Laurie. What kind of bs is that".
My first dramatic fan fiction reading!
Friedrich misses Jo and writes to her from the west. Story by @jomiddlemarch Narrated by Small Umbrella In The Rain Music: Crowander - Don´t You Leave
I love this love letter. Also chatting about Henry David Thoreau and his writings, and Mac´s writings in Rose in Bloom.
Updated version of one of the podcast episodes. Louisa May Alcott has a special narrative that she repeats in many of her novels. It´s a common motif especially in Little Women. Idea that a person spiritually transfers and gains better self-understanding, happiness and motivation when they move on from one (love) interest to another.
The first love interest does the opposite, pulls the person back into self-destructing habits, and the other love interest brigns the harmony.
This happens to Jo when she moves on from Laurie to Friedrich.
It happens to Laurie when he moves on from Jo to Amy.
It happens to Tommy in (Jo´s boys) when he moves from Nat to Dora.
Your questions answered.
Did Jo really regret not marrying Laurie? or was it just because she felt alone.