The Power of Little Women During the Holidays and Everyday

Cover of "Little Women (Collector's Serie...
Cover of Little Women (Collector’s Series)
 The Power of Little Women During the Holidays and Everyday

     Once the smell of winter hits the air, the temperature drops and darkness sets in at 4:30 movie watching in our household always rises. We have one particular movie we like to watch during the holidays that we rarely ever watch any other time of the year. This is the 1994 version of Little Women with the March women being played by Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Clare Danes, Kirsten Dunst and Trini Alvarado. I think the reason we associate this movie with the holidays is because its opens up with Christmas time and has a strong emphasis on family and friendship as its characters live through and overcome life’s joys and hurdles.



Louisa May Alcott Classic is Powerfully Relevant in Contemporary Times

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     In 2009 I finally read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Yes, I know it was a little late in the coming. I grew up with that book on my bookshelf, but for some reason I never picked it up. When I did read it I was so surprised at the depth of the subject matter in the book and how it was still a timeless piece as it dealt with problems we all face, such as; 

  • Growing Pains
  • The hurdles and triumphs in finding the right path
  • Dealing with loss, death and war
  • Joys of family and sisterhood
  • Respecting and understanding yourself
  • Making mistakes and coming to terms with them
  • Facing hardships with a positive attitude
  • Growing and adapting to changes in life
  • Leaning, understanding and dealing with the ups and downs of relationships

     Now the movie touches on all of these things, but the book reveals and adds so much more depth to each character as the very different sisters make their way through life’s obstacles and joys. As a writer Louisa May Alcott understood how to weave each story so that it flowed from one to the next and then back again. For those of you out there, especially women, who have not read this book don’t put off reading it one minute longer! Read it now and give it to your daughters and girlfriends to read. This book should be read at least 2 to 3 times during ones life-time, as a pre-teen, during the later teen years (16-19), then as a twenty-something, and yes, even thirty-somethings and above will all glean different messages and lessons depending on where you are at in life.

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!


6 Comments Add yours

  1. JJ says:

    This movie is my favorite ever! I watch it multiple times throughout the holiday season.

  2. I agree, Laura. This is one timeless classic that should be revisited during our lifetime. I have pasted and copied something I’m sure you would love:

    “Little Women is a 1994 American drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong. The screenplay by Robin Swicord is based on the Louisa May Alcott novel of the same name. It is the fifth feature film adaptation of the Alcott classic, following silent versions released in 1917 and 1918, a 1933 George Cukor-directed release, and a 1949 adaptation by Mervyn LeRoy. It was released exclusively on December 21, 1994, and was released wide on December 25, 1994, by Columbia Pictures.”

    Thanks for the great post 🙂

    1. laradunning says:

      Thank you. It obvious that through the years it has been enjoyed and appreciated.

  3. I love the movie and the book. Like you, I didn’t read the book till I was an adult (with children, even). I could still appreciate every nuance of all the things you mentioned–growing pains, first love, first babies, learning to be a wife, the power of gratitude and selfless giving, etc., etc. And of course, as a writer, Jo is a true kindred spirit. I love her ability to keep moving forward, forward, forward as she struggles to find her place in the world. I can so relate to that–as can so many of us creative types who often feel that we just don’t quite FIT with “normal” people.

    Thanks for reminding me of this movie. I’ll have to watch it again now. 🙂


    1. laradunning says:

      Beautifully said. I can connect so well with Jo’s character. I love the scene where she and her mother are talking and she wants to leave, but wants to stay – not quite sure where life will bring her, but wants more. In the book it was wonderful to understand her sister Amy better. Her interaction in Europe with Laurie was far beyond what I expected and her dealing of the situation gave such depth to her character. Also, with Meg, her learning and struggling with the transition from daughter to wife. So great! Makes me want to read it right now.

  4. And… I’m such a wuss that I cried just watching the trailer you posted… 🙂

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