Celebrating 150 years of Little Women

Some books are so familiar, reading them is like being home again’ – Louisa May Alcott

Poster of BBC’s mini series – Little Women

A celebration of feminine spirit, author Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel – Little Women completes 150 years in world of literature. Since its publication in 1868 and 1869, Little Women was published in two volumes. It has never been out of print and the charm of ‘Little Women’ has been passed on from generation to generation. Though Little Women’s theme was feminine, it universally appealed to both genders.

The new movie adaptation of Little Women (2018)

The endearing story of Little Women – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy became memorable in minds of readers and still finds a place in bookshelf of Bibliophiles. The novel Little Women was based on Louisa May Alcott’s life and her family. The characters in the novel are actually based on sisters of Louisa. The character Jo March is a replica of Louisa herself. Louisa was a tomboyish type girl who had a sharp tongue and a fiery temper. When I had initially brought this book, I thought it to be similar to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. After completing the book, I had changed my assumptions towards Little Women. If Pride and Prejudice was about match making, marriages and love, Little Women was about friendship, compassion, togetherness and courage to endure life’s odds smilingly. Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is a reflection of every woman who aspires to do something big in life.

Poster of 1994 movie – Little Women

Little Women had been adapted countless times in movie and television. Among all adaptations, Actress Winona Ryder’s movie – Little Women is hailed as the best movie adaptation that succeeds in capturing the spirit of the book. Winona Ryder received Oscar nomination for her role of Jo March in the movie. Off lately, BBC ONE channel has telecasted a two part mini-series featuring new star cast. Debutant actress Maya Thurman Hawke is portraying the role of Jo March in the new adaptation of Little Women.

A still from 2018’s movie Little Women starring Sarah davenport as Jo March


‘New generation, Same sisters’

There is one more movie adaptation scheduled to release in September 2018 and will celebrate the 150 years of beloved classic. The 2018 movie adaptation is a modern version of Louisa’s classic based in Instagram age. Definitely there must be some magic in Alcott’s writing and so that’s why Little Women is adapted newly every time to a new generation that is yet to meet the timeless March Sisters. From Winona Ryder, Maya Hawke to the new star Sarah Davenport, every actress is seen enlivening Jo March to a different set of audience.

Every time I read Little Women, I discover a new perspective in life. The character Jo March has been my role model to help me sustain myself even in tough times of adversity. To know more about Jo March, you have to read Little Women. Through this small write up, I am celebrating 150 years of Louisa May Alcott’s delightful classic – Little Women.

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