January 2017 Book/Movie of the month

And I’m back.  I wanted to post in December, but truly that wasn’t going to happen and I was a fool for thinking it would.  Though I try my hardest to keep the Holidays in check, I love it all so much that I over plan, over purchase, and over watch every classic Holiday Movie.

Now down to Business.  My picks for this month are the same

Book:  Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.  This book is timeless.  What a perfect piece of real, historical Americana.  Alcott wrote a beautiful piece that feels real and not infused with the politics or morality oh her time as so many do as they write historical fiction.  Yes, the book is said to be geared toward younger females, but the story is such that an adult male and female can benefit from the story, the ideals, and the lesson of staying true to yourself no matter what.

Movie:  The same.  Little Women.  There are three notable versions of this movie that Hollywood has given us over the last century.  The First was in 1933 and starred Kathrine Hepburn, whom I adore.  However, that version of the movie is not my first recommendation.  It is worth the watching because it has it’s moments, but I felt Jo’s character was not for Katherine and it never resonated with me.  Another version, and one I do NOT recommend and NEVER will recommend is the movie produced in 1994.  It starred Susan Sarandon, Wynona Ryder, Claire Danes, and even Christian Bale, whom I would trust in almost any film.  That being said, I still will never recommend this movie.  Yes, it had big Hollywood names, but that was all it had.  The story was a gross overstep of the book and was infused with the exact political and moral climate of the time the movie was made.  That is a no-no in historical fiction.  It is truly not worth the rental fee.  Finally, the version I will recommend and the point of this whole rant today: the 1949 version of Little Women starring June Allison as Jo, Janet Leigh as Meg, Elizabeth Taylor as Amy, Margaret O’Brien as Beth, and Peter Lawford as Laurie.  All of these actors are amazing.  I am a fan of each individually and collectively they created a timeless movie without the political rhetoric of 1949 of which there was plenty!  Though the movie does not follow the book as closely as it could have, the overall theme is correct, the overall feeling is the same and I believe that if you never read the book, you would feel that you understood Alcott’s intent.  Go rent this version.  Or purchase your own copy.  It is a wonderful movie for a snowy, winter night.