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I’m a huge fan of Louisa May Alcott. I have been since I was eleven years old, and read Little Women for the first time. Jo March was (and still is) the coolest character ever with her temper, independent ways, and love of the written word. Once I wandered into Jo’s world, I was forevermore an Alcott fan.
I’m on my second copy of LittleWomen because my first copy literally fell apart from having been carried around so much, and read so many times. I usually re-read it at least once a year.
Jane Austen, on the other hand, is an author whose books I have never been able to get into. I’ve tried, I really, really have. I make it about 25 – 30 pages in, and then I just can’t take it anymore. I give up and move on to a book I enjoy. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve never read something of hers and wanted to read more.
Friends and family tell me I “should” like Jane Austen’s books, and that I’m the Jane Austen “type”. I’ve been given dozens of copies of various Jane Austen novels over the years, and they’ve all made their way to thrift stores, or used bookstores in trade for other books.
It really bugs me to be told I’m the Jane Austen “type” since I don’t like her books, but it also bugs me that there doesn’t seem to be (or at least I’ve never heard about) a Louisa May Alcott “type”. Maybe none of us are cool enough to be typed as the creators of Jo March.
I just think it seems like Jane Austen gets a lot more attention than Louisa May Alcott as a great author whose books you simply must read, despite the fact that Alcott’s books are much better than Austen’s. So where do you stand on the matter of Alcott vs. Austen? Are you a fan of either? Both? Neither?