History Literature / LittleHouseOnThePrairie

10th May '17 6:00:09 PM Jellybean12
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** The books are also a sanitized version of Laura Ingalls Wilder's actual experiences growing up. Laura's memoir, ''Pioneer Girl,'' was her unabashed documentation of her childhood with her family. Her daughter, Rose, helped her edit and soften the story to make it into a children's story and make it more palatable to publishers. Her original account includes stories of domestic violence, murder, theft, rape, and adultery; it also makes mention of the family having to leave towns in the middle of the night after being unable to settle debts, Laura being hired out as a nanny to a family as a young teen (and almost being molested by a drunk man while staying with them), and the family staying in a hotel adjacent to a saloon with all manner of unsavory experiences that went along with that. The series makes Laura's ''childhood'' TasteLikeDiabetes.

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** The books are also a sanitized version of Laura Ingalls Wilder's actual experiences growing up. Laura's memoir, ''Pioneer Girl,'' was her unabashed documentation of her childhood with her family. Her daughter, Rose, helped her edit and soften the story to make it into a children's story and make it more palatable to publishers. Her original account includes stories of domestic violence, murder, theft, rape, and adultery; it also makes mention of the family having to leave towns in the middle of the night after being unable to settle debts, Laura being hired out as a nanny to a family as a young teen (and almost being molested by a drunk man while staying with them), and the family staying in a hotel adjacent to a saloon with all manner of unsavory experiences that went along with that. The series makes Laura's ''childhood'' TasteLikeDiabetes.TastesLikeDiabetes.
10th May '17 5:58:16 PM Jellybean12
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** The books are also a sanitized version of Laura Ingalls Wilder's actual experiences growing up. Laura's memoir, ''Pioneer Girl,'' was her unabashed documentation of her childhood with her family. Her daughter, Rose, helped her edit and soften the story to make it into a children's story and make it more palatable to publishers. Her original account includes stories of domestic violence, murder, theft, rape, and adultery; it also makes mention of the family having to leave towns in the middle of the night after being unable to settle debts, Laura being hired out as a nanny to a family as a young teen (and almost being molested by a drunk man while staying with them), and the family staying in a hotel adjacent to a saloon with all manner of unsavory experiences that went along with that. The series makes Laura's ''childhood'' TasteLikeDiabetes.
10th May '17 5:39:57 PM Jellybean12
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** This trope pops up a few times, probably due to a case of ScienceMarchesOn. Mary's blindness is attributed to scarlet fever in the books, but scholars today believe it was more likely viral meningoencephalitis, which would cause swelling of the brain and optic nerve, leading to the kind of slow loss of vision Mary suffered in the books. In ''The First Four Years,'' Laura's infant son is said to have died of "convulsions," a diagnosis that would not be given as a cause of death today.
5th Feb '17 5:11:57 PM Noraneko
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* AdultFear: There's a slew of them in ''Plum Creek.''
** After grasshoppers devour what was supposed to be a plentiful crop, Pa has to ''walk'' 200 miles for a job. He's gone for weeks, and when they don't receive a letter from him, they worry that something may have happened to him. Fortunately they do eventually receive a letter, and he returns safely, but the thought of your parent, spouse, and family breadwinner perishing and leaving you with an uncertain future and loss of the family patriarch during those times was terrifying.
** Pa goes to town right before a blizzard hits, and the girls are stuck snowed in, anxiously waiting his return and worrying that he may have gotten caught in the blizzard and froze to death. Thankfully, he returns safely then, too.
** Before the blizzard itself hits, Pa mentions a story about parents who went into town and got trapped by a blizzard, with their children left back home. When they returned, they found that their children had burned the furniture to stay warm but had died of hypothermia anyway.
** In ''Farmer Boy'', the story of the robbers who broke in, tied the family up, and beat the father nearly to death. Especially since it nearly happened to the Wilder family themselves.
16th Oct '16 6:44:04 PM BB8ForPresident
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[=HarperCollins=] was similarly discontented, as they smelled a [[CashCowFranchise zombie franchise]] in the making - nearly half a century later!) and added to the Rose books and published an inter-generational ''Little House'' series about Laura's female ancestors:

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[=HarperCollins=] was similarly discontented, as they smelled a [[CashCowFranchise zombie franchise]] in the making - nearly half a century later!) later! - and added to the Rose books and published books, publishing an inter-generational ''Little House'' series about Laura's female ancestors:
16th Oct '16 6:42:57 PM BB8ForPresident
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[=HarperCollins=] was similarly discontented, as they smelled a [[CashCowFranchise zombie franchise]] in the making - nearly half a century later!) and published an inter-generational ''Little House'' series, including Rose and Laura's female ancestors:

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[=HarperCollins=] was similarly discontented, as they smelled a [[CashCowFranchise zombie franchise]] in the making - nearly half a century later!) and added to the Rose books and published an inter-generational ''Little House'' series, including Rose and series about Laura's female ancestors:



[=HarperCollins=] also published books about Mary Ingalls and Nellie Oleson, ''Old Town in the Green Groves,'' a book about the "lost years" Laura felt were too painful to include in children's books, written by Cynthia Rylant.

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[=HarperCollins=] also published books about Mary Ingalls and Nellie Oleson, and ''Old Town in the Green Groves,'' a book about the "lost years" Laura felt were too painful to include in children's books, written by Cynthia Rylant.
13th Oct '16 5:28:22 PM BB8ForPresident
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[=HarperCollins=] was similarly discontented, as they smelled a [[CashCowFranchise zombie franchise]] in the making - nearly half a century later!) and published the inter-generational ''Little House'' series:

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[=HarperCollins=] was similarly discontented, as they smelled a [[CashCowFranchise zombie franchise]] in the making - nearly half a century later!) and published the an inter-generational ''Little House'' series: series, including Rose and Laura's female ancestors:
* ''The Rose Years'' by Roger Lea [=MacBride=]
13th Oct '16 5:21:56 PM BB8ForPresident
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[=HarperCollins=] was similarly discontented, as they smelled a [[CashCowFranchise zombie franchise]] in the making (nearly half a century later!), and have since published books about Caroline Quiner Ingalls, Mary Ingalls, Nellie Oleson, and Laura's grandmother Charlotte Tucker and great-grandmother, [[{{Literature/TheMarthaYears}} Martha Morse]] who grew up in Scotland. Plus ''Old Town in the Green Groves,'' a book about the "lost years" Laura felt were too painful to include in children's books, written by Cynthia Rylant. These extra books vary in quality and success at emulating the charm of the originals, but all are interesting portraits of "America's favorite pioneer family."

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[=HarperCollins=] was similarly discontented, as they smelled a [[CashCowFranchise zombie franchise]] in the making (nearly - nearly half a century later!), later!) and have since published books the inter-generational ''Little House'' series:
* ''The Caroline Years'' by Maria D. Wilkes and Celia Wilkins
about Caroline Quiner Ingalls, Mary Ingalls, Nellie Oleson, and Laura's grandmother mother.
* ''Literature/TheCharlotteYears'' by Melissa Wiley about
Charlotte Tucker and great-grandmother, [[{{Literature/TheMarthaYears}} Quiner, Laura's grandmother.
* ''Literature/TheMarthaYears'' by Melissa Wiley about
Martha Morse]] who grew up in Scotland. Plus Morse Tucker, Laura's great-grandmother.

[=HarperCollins=] also published books about Mary Ingalls and Nellie Oleson,
''Old Town in the Green Groves,'' a book about the "lost years" Laura felt were too painful to include in children's books, written by Cynthia Rylant. Rylant.

These extra books vary in quality and success at emulating the charm of the originals, but all are interesting portraits of "America's favorite pioneer family."
18th Jul '16 7:13:22 PM JoieDeCombat
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* OneOfTheBoys: Laura is a SpiritedYoungLady variant who gets along well with the boys at school because she's willing to do things like play ball outside with them instead of staying primly indoors. This no doubt contributes to the boys' decision to rally against Miss Wilder after it becomes clear she has it in for Laura.
18th Jul '16 6:59:01 PM JoieDeCombat
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* OverprotectiveDad: Averted with Pa, who has no problem with the much older Almanzo's courtship of Laura, nor of that courtship mostly consisting of driving around behind unbroken horses; he's almost a ShipperOnDeck. ''Ma'' isn't too pleased about it; at one point she opines that it seems Almanzo wants to break Laura's neck, and she hopes he breaks his own first.

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* OverprotectiveDad: Averted with Pa, who has no problem with the much older Almanzo's courtship of Laura, nor of that courtship mostly consisting of driving around behind unbroken horses; he's almost a ShipperOnDeck. ''Ma'' isn't too pleased about it; at one point she startles Laura when she forcefully opines that it seems Almanzo wants to break Laura's neck, and she hopes he breaks his own first.
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