‘Some books are so familiar, reading them is like being home again’ – lines from 1994 movie – Little Women
These lines spoken by actress Winona Ryder in 1994 motion picture on Louisa May Alcott’s classic – Little Women stands so true for those who love reading their favorite classics. Even after several years, the novel Little Women is as refreshing as it was the day it was published. For generations, the characters from Little Women have immortalized in world of literature. The female characters from the novel are so real that every girl of her generation relates to it. Little Women has adapted into movies several times and now it has got a fresh adaptation that boasts of fresh new faces in role of March Sisters. This new TV series aired on channel BBC ONE on Christmas Eve 2017 features renowned Hollywood actress Emily Watson as Mrs March and Maya Hawke as Jo March (Maya Hawke is daughter of Hollywood actors Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman).
Set against the backdrop of Civil War, Little Women is story of March Sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. The inspiring characters and memorable scenes are etched in minds of every reader. It will be a treat to see the literary characters on the television screen. I had brought Little Women from a book shop without hardly any expectations. Initially I found it similar to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Little Women book was way ahead of it times and very different from Pride and Prejudice.
Whether it is the Tomboyish Jo March or the shy Beth, all the March Sisters connect with the readers in one go. I was very glad to read that Little Women is been adapted for a mini TV series on BBC one in 2017. The new episodes of season 1 of Little Women have been aired on BBC one. The upcoming episodes will be soon aired in 2018.
The role of Jo March was immortalized by Winona Ryder in 94’ version of Little Women which fetched her Oscar nomination. It will be a challenge for Maya Hawke to portray Jo March in the new series on Little Women. A new movie adaptation is also on the way in 2018.
The best thing about a classic is that it is not only nostalgic but also inspiring.