#REVIEW Why you should read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott before watching the movie

#REVIEW Why you should read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott before watching the movie

Although the last film adaptation of Little Women by Greta Gerwig is very similar to Louisa May Alcott’s novel, I’ll tell you three reasons to read the book before watching the movie, check them out!

By Andrea Ochoa / Photography: R. Mendoza

I will not lie to you: in general, I like to read books before watching these films in the cinema. In the case of Little Women, it is one of the books I wanted to read a long time ago, and I must say that I loved it.

The story tells the life of the March sisters: Margaret, Josephine, Elizabeth and Amy in the New England of 1860, during and after the American Civil War. The story is told mainly from the perspective of Josephine, Jo, a young woman who dreams of becoming a writer.

Although the story is often described as “cheesy” or “a story for girls and women,” the reality is that it touches quite deep issues and I think that the adaptation of Greta Gerwig’s film manages to capture that depth and adapt very well to modern times.

Therefore, I explain three reasons why you should read this novel before watching the movie:

1. It’s a women’s story, written by women

Louisa May Alcott, wrote in 1868 this novel of women, for women. Although it seems a bit obvious, it is always good to rescue the author’s vision regarding the context in which they lived.

In the case of Alcott, each of the characters of Little Women is a reflection of the feminine thought of that time. Alcott took his own experience of love, devotion and friendship in a moving way to capture it in this story.

2. It is a feminist novel

Unknowingly, Alcott achieved a small feminist revolution with this novel. She herself was a defender of women’s rights, such as schooling. And this is reflected in the character of Jo March, who denies established femininity, is rebellious and questions everything.

Jo does not want to be a wife or mother, wants to be an artist and go to college like Laurie, has as a reference to Shakespeare and is always the male character in the family theater. It has a passionate character, but not irrational. He is a character that inspires courage, authenticity and self-knowledge.

3. It is a classic of universal literature

From the first publication of the novel, this was a resounding success. Interestingly, Alcott did not have in mind to write it, but it was commissioned by the editor Thomas Niles. In its first printing it managed to sell more than 2,000 copies, becoming part of popular culture not only in the United States, but in the United Kingdom. Today, more than 150 years after its launch, it is a classic of universal literature.

Finally, I leave one of my favorite phrases from the book:

“True talent and kindness do not go unnoticed for a long time; even if they pass, the knowledge of owning it and using it well must satisfy us, simplicity is the best charm of all power. “

I really recommend you this novel!


Andrea Ochoa