Little Women (Signet Classics)
Hard for me to figure out what to rate this one. First time looking into this well beloved and timeless classic. But for me, it was just okay. While I felt for the strong bond of the March family, I didn't really bond or care for anyone one member in particular. And while the story seems to really center around the sister Jo (Josephine), I found her to be pig-headed and albeit annoying at times. And while I do know that it was not uncommon nor unheard of for younger women to marry older men due to the era, that is not an ideal that I preach. The fact that three out of the four sisters marry much older men to me was not romantic at all nor was it something I found to be swoon worthy. I didn't really find myself to be engaged in this story as I found it to be slowly paced and the prose was very dated for me. I think that is one of the reasons why I'm not a big Classics reader, because of the olden time vernacular. Also, why do they call their mother "Marmie"? I just don't get it. After thinking about it for a bit prior to writing this review, I've settled on the star rating of two stars. To me that is the most I feel it is worth, based on my opinion.
It's been a lot of years avoiding the movie, but boy am I grateful that I read this book before seeing the movie. I quite enjoyed the flawed characters, and how realistic their girlish squabbles were. It's refreshing to read a classic where all of the main characters are made from the same perfect mold.
Now, I think that I would feel differently if I would have watched the movie first. I watched it after reading the books and found the character beyond annoying. They cam across as pouty little imps. The version of the movie that I watched was the one where Katherine Hepburn plays Jo. I have been a long time fan of Katherine Hepburn, but I hated the way that she overplayed Jo's boyish ways. Blah!