I’ve belonged to a book club for eleven or twelve-ish years now. We read new and old tomes. So at a recent meeting, one friend suggested we read Little Women.
I’d read Little Women many, many years ago. I would have rather read Alice in Wonderland because a recent article came to me about how Alice is the book most people say they’ve read, but haven’t and I hadn't. The others were up for Little Women.
I had a hard time starting the book. The first thing I noticed is the writing is very different. The point of view changes constantly, even has a narrator. Pops in and out of internal point of view. Uses “commanded she,” “demanded she,” etc. instead of what has been drilled in my head-“she said,” “he asked.” There’s a whole lot of narration not attributed to a character.
The tales about the sisters are sweet. There’s a large influence on family values, money, and religion. The importance of friendship. The characters are well-defined and grow. Each faces a dilemma per chapter which reads like a short story.
Last summer, Handsome and I went to see the Hitchcock film of Daphne du Maurier’s book, Rebecca. I discovered Rebecca at age thirteen and have always loved it. I’d seen it on the small screen several times, but not the big one. So when a local theater announced their summer series and Rebecca was included, I was in. But once there and viewing, I became aware the audience was tittering at certain parts. I glanced at my fellow theatergoers and noticed the younger ones in particular were laughing. So I looked at specifics and found the overacting of the hero was silly. Afterwards, I discussed this with Handsome and we agreed being involved in the story was more important, and most likely, the younger people didn’t comprehend the kind of acting from back then.
The same for me and Little Women. My takeaway is to take off my writer’s hat and leave the mechanics behind. Go for the story and immerse.
Have you revisited a story and found you felt different about it?
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