Tuesday, December 7

Little Women

Now that The Pickwick Ladies Book Club is open to all I am sure I am not the only one who 's got Little Women on the brain.

I first read the book around age 11 or 12, hidden in my favourite corner of the school library. That library was very cosy and quiet. Nobody ever seemed to use it but me. I remember a poster hung opposite my little nook. It read: Reading is adventure in the mind. Eager to expand my vocabulary I exhausted the contents of the English language section that year. It was only small and many of the books felt and smelled brand new, nobody else had bothered with them yet. I left Little Women for last. The title sort of put me off as soon as it sounded terribly old fashioned and I wasn't sure if I approved of women being described as "little" (I was a terrible little know it all, quite infuriatingly snooty. Of course I am nothing like that anymore ;) ).

At first all I remembered was ice skating and Jo's hair cut. That 's what stuck. Ice skating and hair money. To jog my memory I've collated some stills from the 1933, 1949 and 1994 film adaptations.

Forgive me, it 's a heavy one..





















So who else is thinking of joining up with the Pickwick girls?

60 comments:

  1. You are going to be ashamed of me when you hear this, but I have never seen this movie. So sad!

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  2. 1949 kicks every other Little Womens films butt!

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  3. This is one of my favorite films I like the 1949 version the most....I also like the book I've read it many times.
    http://pinupdolls01.blogspot.com/

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  4. I totally want to join that club!

    Thanks for these shots of Little Women. One of my favorite books! I also love June Allyson...

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  5. Hey- great site!
    I was actually thinking about Little Women before work this morning because it's sort of a wintery/ christmassy story. I pictured them sitting around the piano and singing or making old fashioned christmas treats.

    Cheers!
    Meri

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  6. My favorite is definitely the 1933 edition. It is such a classic.

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  7. aw. I love June Allyson. I loved all versions of this story. I didn't really care too much for the Katharine Hepburn one though, but that is because I can't ever really get into her . . .eek. I like the '49.

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  8. Ah Little Women. I know what you mean, I avoided it for a while too. But it's magical when you get into it, no? I think I've seen two out of the three movies, but I think I'm missing the 1949 one. Which judging from the stills, looks rather good!

    I kind of want to join the Pickwick ladies, but I simply don't know if I have the wardrobe at the moment, with the suitcase and all...

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  9. This was one of my absolute faves growing up...I used to lock myself in my room and get lost in that book. I've watched the movie again and again. I've definitely considered joining the Pickwick Ladies.

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  10. I've seen and love them all for such different reasons, but always because the story is so wonderful :)

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  11. I remember sitting in my town library too as a child, pouring through Nancy Drew mysteries and the Noel Streatfield "Ballet Shoes" books. I loved the smell of the old paperbacks and slipping away into a quiet world that wasn't my own. That 4th movie still of Jo looking out the window is just lovely - thank you for bringing back some memories.

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  12. gosh so many memories! I also was quite like you, always had her nose stuck to a book.

    xo
    Sophie

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  13. Hehe, thanks for putting up these photos! I love Little Women!!!! :)

    xo
    Sands

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  14. Awe, so now I'm going to have to go home and watch this! Or better yet, get out my super huge hard cover version (that's over 20 years old) and curl up this month and read it!

    www.plentyforpennies.blogspot.com

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  15. this. is. my. favorite. book! don't believe me? i named my FIRSTBORN after Louisa may Alcott's father. yeah, obsessed much. i love the old movie, the new movie, and everything in between. we're kindred spirits on this one, we are. :)
    YOURS, MINE AND OURS

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  16. I vaguely remember watching the film when I was younger, these stills are beautiful. The story about your neighbour in the background of the photos really made me laugh! I did have to crop one of the photos to hide the man who happened to be staring directly into the camera a couple of metres behind us.
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  17. I just adore every single one of these stills. Little women is such a wonderful story. It reminds me so much of being a child and growing up. Great post :)

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  18. I think I'm the only girl on the face of the earth who 1: thinks the 1994 film is best and 2: doesn't like the book. =[ I like the story and I appreciate it I just felt like the book was a chore. I really like the book club idea, though. =]
    -Andi x

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  19. I think I'm the only girl on the face of the earth who 1: thinks the 1994 film is best and 2: doesn't like the book. =[ I like the story and I appreciate it I just felt like the book was a chore. I really like the book club idea, though. =]
    -Andi x

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  20. I just adore every single one of these stills. Little women is such a wonderful story. It reminds me so much of being a child and growing up. Great post :)

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  21. I vaguely remember watching the film when I was younger, these stills are beautiful. The story about your neighbour in the background of the photos really made me laugh! I did have to crop one of the photos to hide the man who happened to be staring directly into the camera a couple of metres behind us.
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  22. this. is. my. favorite. book! don't believe me? i named my FIRSTBORN after Louisa may Alcott's father. yeah, obsessed much. i love the old movie, the new movie, and everything in between. we're kindred spirits on this one, we are. :)
    YOURS, MINE AND OURS

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  23. Awe, so now I'm going to have to go home and watch this! Or better yet, get out my super huge hard cover version (that's over 20 years old) and curl up this month and read it!

    www.plentyforpennies.blogspot.com

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  24. Hehe, thanks for putting up these photos! I love Little Women!!!! :)

    xo
    Sands

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  25. gosh so many memories! I also was quite like you, always had her nose stuck to a book.

    xo
    Sophie

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  26. I remember sitting in my town library too as a child, pouring through Nancy Drew mysteries and the Noel Streatfield "Ballet Shoes" books. I loved the smell of the old paperbacks and slipping away into a quiet world that wasn't my own. That 4th movie still of Jo looking out the window is just lovely - thank you for bringing back some memories.

    ReplyDelete
  27. I've seen and love them all for such different reasons, but always because the story is so wonderful :)

    ReplyDelete
  28. This was one of my absolute faves growing up...I used to lock myself in my room and get lost in that book. I've watched the movie again and again. I've definitely considered joining the Pickwick Ladies.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Ah Little Women. I know what you mean, I avoided it for a while too. But it's magical when you get into it, no? I think I've seen two out of the three movies, but I think I'm missing the 1949 one. Which judging from the stills, looks rather good!

    I kind of want to join the Pickwick ladies, but I simply don't know if I have the wardrobe at the moment, with the suitcase and all...

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  30. aw. I love June Allyson. I loved all versions of this story. I didn't really care too much for the Katharine Hepburn one though, but that is because I can't ever really get into her . . .eek. I like the '49.

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  31. My favorite is definitely the 1933 edition. It is such a classic.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Hey- great site!
    I was actually thinking about Little Women before work this morning because it's sort of a wintery/ christmassy story. I pictured them sitting around the piano and singing or making old fashioned christmas treats.

    Cheers!
    Meri

    ReplyDelete
  33. I totally want to join that club!

    Thanks for these shots of Little Women. One of my favorite books! I also love June Allyson...

    ReplyDelete
  34. This is one of my favorite films I like the 1949 version the most....I also like the book I've read it many times.
    http://pinupdolls01.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  35. 1949 kicks every other Little Womens films butt!

    ReplyDelete
  36. You are going to be ashamed of me when you hear this, but I have never seen this movie. So sad!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Hehe, thanks for putting up these photos! I love Little Women!!!! :)

    xo
    Sands

    ReplyDelete
  38. gosh so many memories! I also was quite like you, always had her nose stuck to a book.

    xo
    Sophie

    ReplyDelete
  39. I remember sitting in my town library too as a child, pouring through Nancy Drew mysteries and the Noel Streatfield "Ballet Shoes" books. I loved the smell of the old paperbacks and slipping away into a quiet world that wasn't my own. That 4th movie still of Jo looking out the window is just lovely - thank you for bringing back some memories.

    ReplyDelete
  40. I've seen and love them all for such different reasons, but always because the story is so wonderful :)

    ReplyDelete
  41. This was one of my absolute faves growing up...I used to lock myself in my room and get lost in that book. I've watched the movie again and again. I've definitely considered joining the Pickwick Ladies.

    ReplyDelete
  42. Ah Little Women. I know what you mean, I avoided it for a while too. But it's magical when you get into it, no? I think I've seen two out of the three movies, but I think I'm missing the 1949 one. Which judging from the stills, looks rather good!

    I kind of want to join the Pickwick ladies, but I simply don't know if I have the wardrobe at the moment, with the suitcase and all...

    ReplyDelete
  43. aw. I love June Allyson. I loved all versions of this story. I didn't really care too much for the Katharine Hepburn one though, but that is because I can't ever really get into her . . .eek. I like the '49.

    ReplyDelete
  44. My favorite is definitely the 1933 edition. It is such a classic.

    ReplyDelete
  45. I totally want to join that club!

    Thanks for these shots of Little Women. One of my favorite books! I also love June Allyson...

    ReplyDelete
  46. This is one of my favorite films I like the 1949 version the most....I also like the book I've read it many times.
    http://pinupdolls01.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  47. 1949 kicks every other Little Womens films butt!

    ReplyDelete
  48. You are going to be ashamed of me when you hear this, but I have never seen this movie. So sad!

    ReplyDelete
  49. I think I'm the only girl on the face of the earth who 1: thinks the 1994 film is best and 2: doesn't like the book. =[ I like the story and I appreciate it I just felt like the book was a chore. I really like the book club idea, though. =]
    -Andi x

    ReplyDelete
  50. I just adore every single one of these stills. Little women is such a wonderful story. It reminds me so much of being a child and growing up. Great post :)

    ReplyDelete
  51. I vaguely remember watching the film when I was younger, these stills are beautiful. The story about your neighbour in the background of the photos really made me laugh! I did have to crop one of the photos to hide the man who happened to be staring directly into the camera a couple of metres behind us.
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

    ReplyDelete
  52. this. is. my. favorite. book! don't believe me? i named my FIRSTBORN after Louisa may Alcott's father. yeah, obsessed much. i love the old movie, the new movie, and everything in between. we're kindred spirits on this one, we are. :)
    YOURS, MINE AND OURS

    ReplyDelete
  53. Awe, so now I'm going to have to go home and watch this! Or better yet, get out my super huge hard cover version (that's over 20 years old) and curl up this month and read it!

    www.plentyforpennies.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  54. Hey- great site!
    I was actually thinking about Little Women before work this morning because it's sort of a wintery/ christmassy story. I pictured them sitting around the piano and singing or making old fashioned christmas treats.

    Cheers!
    Meri

    ReplyDelete