RSS

The Good Wives Recipe to Marrying Off the Wrong Couples

14 Jan

On Friday, Andrea Lundgren and I are going to have a Laurie vs. Professor Bhaer blog debate over which man Jo March from Little Women should have chosen for her husband. As a warm up, here is a very funny, but also insightful, post by Andrea on how an author can skillfully steer a story in the direction they want, despite not having set up the direction properly.

Andrea Lundgren

Good Wives is the sequel to Little Women: Meg, Jo, Beth, & Amy, often published together in the same book. Nowadays, most people don’t realize they are reading two very different books, but there was a year’s gap between the original publication of part one and part two, and it seems the choices Louisa May Alcott made for the sequel were not necessarily planned ahead of time.

She doesn’t seem certain there will be a sequel, since the first volume ends by stating “[T]he curtain falls upon Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. Whether it ever rises again, depends upon the reception given the first act…”

When I first read the two volumes, I took everything more or less at face value, but rereading them late last year made me realize how off-course the whole thing became. First, Beth’s near-death in book one was, I always felt, the stronger ending…

View original post 810 more words

Advertisements
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 14, 2015 in Fiction, Literary Thoughts

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

What Are Your Thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: