I have always complained heartily that Little Women's Jo should have ended up with Laurie. Why?
- Prof Bhaer was an old dude with little appeal
- Bhaer judged Jo's writing as wanting because it wasn't 'serious'. He's such a drudge.
- Jo and Laurie had a fantastic connection
- Poor Laurie ended up with Amy and NO ONE should be relegated to that fate.
Interestingly Jo and Laurie were Alcott's planned end point. Many of the readers of serialised publication of Little Women were very fixated on who each of the March's would marry. Pairing Jo with Bhaer was her attempt to 'subvert adolescent romantic ideals'. An attempt that succeeded as it dashed the hopes and dreams of contemporary readers and every generation since. Alcott got sick of fangirls (our shipping fore-mothers) and their fixation on Laurie and thus changed the direction of her story. I shall forever be bitter.
“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment,” she says. “That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron.”
“I know, I’m sorry,” she continued, “I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.”
The reactions were immediate and rather....passionate. I do believe these are my two favourite (forgive me for my Ron leanings.)
One of my most popular posts in the many years this blog has existed is one I wrote about Ron -
Mostly I find it incredible that Rowling has decided now is the time to announce this revelation. Of course people are going to be upset. Ron/Hermione fans feel like their heart's desire has been swept away. Harry/Hermione fans are probably upset that she didn't realise this sooner but are happy that she's aboard their shipdom.
But mostly, I think I am with Rainbow Rowell.