I love deconstructions- love the very idea of them. Take a concept and twist, twist, twist...
Geraldine Brooks did it with Little Women by writing March, a tale told from the POV of the kindly and wise pater familias.
I could've done without the description of his gorge rising during the reunion. But I admire the sheer brilliance of the undertaking.
Would I be too much of a copycat if I put told the story of Amy's bitter and unhappy marriage to Laurie?
I'd describe the time when Amy pushes him off her and slaps him for saying Jo's name in bed- again.
The huge fight they had over their daughter's name...He wanted the baby to be called Josephine, while Amy- scrambling for another alternative- settles on Beth, the dead sister she really had no great affection for.
Maybe Laurie flirts with Jo constantly and always finds a reason to mosey on over to Plumfield when Professor B is away.
There'll be one scene of extreme histrionics when Amy slams the family portrait she painted over his head.
I tell you, it'd be great to write.