I teach Little Women. So I was amused by this piece in Jezebel. Laugh at the March girls? Never!
Although, my own frustration with the novels (for I read all in the series) was that Jo so readily gave up her scandalous, salacious writing. She enjoyed penning these tales. Why should she have to write 'realistic' tales? It always struck me that the narrative's attention to Jo's trash was a bubbling undercurrent of rebellion encouraging readers to ignore the Professor's advice. After all, Alcott herself liked to write trash.