Every time I start one of these quizzes, the answers that everyone gives only create more questions in my head. So here's some food for thought:

Have you ever read a book and thought that things should have happened differently? I know a lot of people believe that Walter shouldn't have died in RoI, but I'm thinking more about a comment I read about how LM Montgomery finally got her ending right with Anne and Gil getting together where Louisa May Alcott did not. Jo refused Laurie and he ended up marrying Amy. There were times in Little Women where I just thought that Amy should've been the one to die rather than Beth as well.

In literature, what would you have written differently? To you, what seems to totally wrong that you you want to change it?
7 Responses
  1. iffie21 Says:

    oh, I don't know if Jo should have married Laurie, I mean sometimes friends should marry each other, LIke gil and anne but sometimes they shouldn't. its hard to tell. i was pretty happy that she married professor baer

  2. lovejag Says:

    Laurie and Amy came out of nowhere to me, and I never understood it. As for Walter and Beth's death, they are always the types that get killed in books. The quiet artistically oriented ones almost always are the ones that die. I hate to say it if a character like Walter was written today he probably he would have been written as being gay.

  3. I'm surprised that I haven't come across a fanfic where Walter is gay. That seems to be the only place people can take their minds these days.

    Of course, I was surprised to come across the fanfics where Matthew is gay.

  4. Beatle Chic Says:

    I always rather felt that Jo and Laurie belonged together b/c their relationship reminded me of Anne and Gil's. (Sorry, my outlook has sort of been distorted after reading Anne and then reading LW and other books.) I always thought that maybe if Laurie waited, like Gil did, Jo would have realized she loved him in the same way he loved her, which I thought was going to happen when she left and stayed w/ Marmie's friend. I just felt the whole Laurie/Amy relationship was rather out in left field, so to speak. I remember feeling rather let down when she rejected Laurie and fell in love w/ Professor Baer, like she compromised herself or something.

    I did go on to read Little Men and Jo's Boys, but some how that nagging feeling, that she could have been w/ Laurie, was present in the back of my mind. To me, it felt like she didn't get it right, and it even seemed like LMA hinted at it, too. But, maybe that's just me.

  5. geeruby Says:

    If you haven't read Mistress Pat, the sequel to Pat of Silver Bush, do not scroll down!!


    It always pissed me off that LMM had Sid marry May Binnie in Mistress Pat. It came out of NOWHERE, and she never gave any reasoning for it. I think she did it mainly to mess with Pat, and I don't like that kind of writing. It is one of the only things that I don't like about her writing, that one incident. It also seemed awful to have Silver Bush burn down. I know it was necessary to make Pat know Jingle was the one for her, but still.

  6. r6144 Says:

    I for one like LMA's treatment of Jo and Laurie. Although Jo with Laurie seems nice, I think Prof. Bhaer is a better kindred spirit for her, and I somehow find Laurie and Amy's romance my favorite part of LW, even though I don't particularly like Amy.

    The part that I dislike about LW is its treatment of Beth. She just seems so spiritual and so different from others, and besides she did not get much show before falling ill. I think LMM did much better with Matthew, Una, Cecily and Bets in this aspect. I know that having such quiet people die is an awful cliche, but somehow it is more touching this way, although I probably ought not to feel that.

    As for the latter part of Mistress Pat, yes it is really sad and probably too sad to be realistic, but then so is GWTW, and I didn't feel much offended by that when reading both books. I also don't have much problem with Sid's marrying May Binnie, anyway it is unlikely that every family member of LMM heroines are always perfectly honorable, right?

  7. Dude, I was so glad Amy married Laurie and not Jo. Jo was always so just.....moody to me. I never liked her. But Amy was always so realistic. Don't ask me why. I just love Amy, probably only because no one else does.

    There are three books I can't stand the endings in: Gone With the Wind, I Capture the Castle, and Shabanu. Everytime I read one of those, I would just shudder and do an Emily, and imagine the right ending. Rhett making up with Scarlet, Cassandra going off with Simon, or Shabanu escaping away from her awful family.

    Maybe that's why I read romance novels nowadays: I can't stand sad endings.