Little Women

So I’ve been on this Pride and Prejudiced kick lately. I started writing a post about how my family could be the Bennett sisters, but then I realized that there are 5 of them and 4 of us.

(So I have a hard time counting, ok? That’s why I’m not a math major.)

Do you know what other major literary work has 4 sisters, though? Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. And she’s American, so take that Jane Austen. So here’s Little Women characters Carling sister style.

As the oldest, I would be Meg, of course. I would like to say I’m the ever-responsible eldest sister who acts as an aid and comfort to her mother at all times. I think I’m much more like Jo, though–walking around sassing people and acting overly dramatic. Also, I think Meg is….dare I say it?…kind of…boring. She’s great and all, I just don’t remember her ever making a stand for herself or saying anything memorable. I did like her at Belle’s party where she realized she wasn’t acting like herself, though. I’d like to believe that I’ve come into myself over the last few years and always strive to be genuine. I guess there is something to be said for Meg March.

I could totally see Haley being Jo. She’s fun and sassy and always willing to do adventurous things. Like racing Laurie on ice skates? Haley would have done that and won no problem–even in a 19th century skirt. Jo also cares deeply for her family like Haley does. Haley is great at reaching out to her sisters and serving them. Sometimes she makes me food. I like that a lot. Haley’s really good at school-stuff, too, and would be a great nanny to a couple of crazy girls in New York. I should probably tell her to be on the look-out for a German violinist…

I’ve always believed Brooke would be a great Beth. They’re both sweet, love music, and like baking things for people. They are both the favorite child because they never do anything wrong, even though their older sisters clearly just set a really good example for them. Beth loved to stay home, though, and wasn’t ever excited about travelling. One of Brooke’s greatest dreams is to go to Paris and she is quite the social butterfly. So there are some differences. Oh, and so far Brooke hasn’t died. Oh well. I guess you can’t get right every time.

Andie would make a great Amy. Andie’s silly and fun and all the boys love her. I don’t think Amy was a tomboy, but I think she and Andie are both spunky little things. She’s a great artist, too, and is going to do some really cool things today, either with art, music, or soccer. And because Amy was played by Kirsten Dunst, I’m imagining a red-head, even though I don’t even think she had red hair in that movie. Oh well. Let’s just pretend like she does and that she and Andie are basically the same person. And will both end up with Christian Bale. Lucky.

Although none of us are exactly like our fictional counterparts, I can definitely see ourselves in the March girls. I’d like to believe that we’re as dynamic as they are and will each do great things as we grow up and leave the nest–even if their nest was a picturesque New England home and we live down the street from some random silos in a desert. But this I do know–just like Jo, I adore my sisters.

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The Weaknesses of an English Major

As an English major, I have several quirks that others may scoff at. I would rather write a paper than take a test, my homework is often put off so I can finish that last chapter in the book I just bought on a whim, and I once spent a night reading To Kill a Mockingbird for the 5th time while pretending I was paying attention to the boys playing Halo. So if you haven’t figured out that I’m a nerd already, take my word for it. I’m a big-time nerd. I’ve recently found yet another thing to be a nerd about.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Obssessed.

As an English major and a girl, I’m basically programmed to love this YouTube series. It’s a modern-day adaptation of the beloved Pride & Prejudice story, all told through Lizzie Bennet’s video blog. Lizzie herself is perfect in her imperfections–she judges too quickly, loves mocking others, and can sometime lack direction, all while being charming, family-loving, and intelligent young woman. The rest of the characters are well-adapted, too–Jane, the always sweet older sister, party-animal Lydia, an overly-concerned mother, Charlotte as the ever practical best friend, a friendly always-smiling Bingley, and Darcy.

Oh, Darcy.

He’s formal. He’s aloof. He says all the wrong things, but through his awkwardness trying his best to win over the charming Elizabeth Bennet. And he’s attractive. Oh, he’s attractive. (Let’s just say I wouldn’t mind running into him after he took a dive into his pond, if you know what I mean.)

I love the adaptation to the modern world as well. Pemberly is the digital communication company Darcy runs. Collins is a web developer who proposes an offer of employment to Charlotte, who accepts after Lizzie refuses to give up grad school. And Kitty is Lydia’s cat. (Because apparently Kitty is too flat of a character to incorporate into this fresh, modern-day adaptation. Poor Kitty.)

And how cool that they take advantage of technology! Almost each character on the show has a Twitter account, so in between episodes, you can still get a feel for what’s going on by checking their Twitter feeds. It makes the characters feel so true to life, and that maybe, somewhere in San Francisco, there really is a Lizzie Bennet slowly warming up to a hopeful Darcy. Maybe the best part of all of this?

I know it’s going to end in a Happily-Ever-After.