by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment Blogger.
Hey Femm readers. I’m here today to tell you guys about the new PBS adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel, Little Women. The book that focuses on the women of the March family, will be remade as a three part mini-series that will air on PBS, May 13th at 8/7 central. The series will star three Academy Award nominees, Emily Watson, Michael Gibson, and Angela Lansbury. It’ll be interesting if PBS will stay true to the book or make any changes. Not to mention, will it be able to beat the 1994 film starring Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, and Christian Bale?
For those of you that don’t know the plot of the book then here’s a quick summary. The book follows the lives of the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy in a coming of age type story. Meg is the oldest and she’s the more responsible and mother like the figure of the group that wishes to marry and to live a simple life. Jo is the rough, tough tomboy that likes to face any challenge thrown at her and wants to become a playwright or an actress one day. Beth is the quieter and shy of the four that has a big heart and loves to play the piano. Amy is the youngest daughter, an artist, and the most vain of the four sisters.
Together they face the life trails of love, loss, and growing into women hood during America’s Civil War. Most of the story follows the time when their Father leaves the family when he’s called away by the Union soldiers to be a chaplain during the war. Together, the sisters help their mother to cope with living in poverty and having their first Christmas without him. Meg and Jo both have jobs to support their family while Beth helps with housework and Amy attends school. The sisters have an endearing relationship with their neighbor, Mr. Laurence and his grandson, Laurie. They are the closest companion the girls have. I can’t wait to see the mini-series since Little Women is my favorite book. That’s all for now ‘til next time.