Thursday, April 11, 2013

J is for Jo March

Creative, strong-minded, independent--Jo was the sister I wanted to be. When I reread Louisa May Alcott's LITTLE WOMEN as an adult, I questioned the ideal life of this perfect family, but there's no doubt it impacted me as a child. Jo made me want to believe in myself and do something great.


"If I weren't going to be a writer I'd go to New York and pursue the stage. Are you shocked?"

Do you like Jo? Tell me some of your favorite "J" characters.

17 comments:

T. Drecker said...

I'm going to have to read that again. Can you believe I can't remember most of it? Must be the old mind slipping ;)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

You make Jo sound so fantastic. My choice is Johanna Reyes from Insurgent. She represents Amity and while she follows her faction's rules she does slip warnings to outsiders. Like when she told Tobias to stay away from the serum-tainted bread. She is strong but smart.

Rhonda said...

Jo is a great choice for J, especially with the impact she had for you.

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Kellie @ Delightfully Ludicrous said...

I always loved Jo March. She's definitely one of the great female characters.

Suzi said...

I read Little Women long ago and don't remember so much. I should go back and re-read it too.

Robin said...

I wanted to be Jo March most of my life. And whenever I meet an Amy it takes me a little bit to warm up to them. I've never forgiven Amy for stealing Teddy (even if Jo did).

I watched the movie an embarrassing about of times growing up (I prefer the old version, but Wynona plays her well too).

I <3 Jo and the entire Little Women series.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I think a lot of us who wanted to be writers also wanted to be Jo. :)

And I love the old version of the movie. Now I want to watch and/or read it again. :)

jaybird said...

Ah Jo! Great choice. I loved her too. Little Women, is a classic, must read for all little girls. Cant' seem to get mine interested in it though. They are more into reading about Katniss-type girls that kick-butt :)

Melanie Schulz said...

Great character. One of my favorites.
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Jackie said...

Jo is my fave of the little women. Awesome choice!

J. A. Bennett said...

LOVE Jo! I want to go watch that movie again :)

Emily said...

I read LITTLE WOMEN when I was in seventh grade and I LOVED it. Jo is a great character, but I love little Amy's vixen ways and--after all--she's the one who gets Laurie.

Maggid said...

Oh! What a great thing to remember - all the Alcott books - I was so invested in them . . Thank You!
Happy A to Z!
-g-

Connie B. Dowell said...

Jo was amazing. However, like you, I did question the realism the idyllic little family as I grew older and learned more about Alcott's life. It's no secret that Little Women is more than a little bit autobiographical. Through the charm and polish Alcott laid on the story, you can see little hints of the more unpleasant aspects of her youth.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Aww Great choice. Loved her.

Melanie Fowler said...

growing up in a family of four girls and me being the second, I was Jo. We loved little women so much! I'm glad you posted about it!

Kathryn Purdie said...

I just watched this version of this movie again with my daughter. One of my absolute favorites. I haven't read the book in forever. I need to pick it up again.