History YMMV / LittleHouseOnThePrairie

8th Jul '16 2:40:50 PM EnglishGuruLady
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Nellie Oleson may be a SpoiledBrat, but there is massive evidence to suggest the television version of Laura is actually worse, both as a child and an adult. Examples:
**She becomes angry that her newborn brother is taking Pa's attention, and rather than owning up to it, she [[IWishedYouWereDead prays for his death.]] Granted, [[spoiler: this does not ''cause'' the baby to die]], but it makes you feel less sympathetic toward her when she runs away as a result.
**As a matter of fact, Laura can be bratty any time someone seems to "steal" Pa's affection from her. For one, she reacts pretty badly to Albert after [[spoiler: his adoption and journey to Walnut Grove.]]
**Laura covets a music box from Oleson's store, steals it, and lies about it. Nellie then blackmails Laura, which includes forcing her to participate in cruelty toward Anna, a friend who has a stutter. Nellie is justly punished, but Laura is never punished for stealing, ostensibly because she had nightmares due to her guilt. It's unlikely many 1800s parents, and even modern ones, would respond this way.
**During Part 1 of "I'll Be Waving as You Drive Away," Laura becomes angry with Mary and says she hates her because allegedly, Mary "stole" her boyfriend (an older boy who only liked Laura as a friend). Later, Laura puts up a fuss when Caroline asks her to mop up a broken lamp (Mary had moved it too close to a book because of her failing eyes, and a chair had caught fire). Let us emphasize: Laura did not focus on the fire, nor did she even ask if Mary was okay. She ''also'' never seemed to put together that Mary might be unwell or going through severe stress. At the time, Laura is at least 12 and old enough to act more mature.
**During "Enchanted Cottage," Mary discovers she can distinguish between light and dark. An eye doctor appointment reveals [[spoiler: she can't; she's responding to the heat of sun and indoor lights.]] Laura is understandably shaken, but focuses on her own emotions more than Mary's. ''Mary'' ends up comforting and reassuring ''Laura,'' who again never seems to put together that she might be suffering emotionally.
**As an adult, Laura comes to believe Nellie is trying to steal Almanzo. Her response is to get into a knock-down, hair-pulling fight with Nellie. This is a ''grown woman'' we are talking about.
**During the season 8 opener, Laura finds out [[spoiler: she will be raising her niece Jenny, because Jenny's father is dying.]] Jenny responds by asking Rev. Alden about Heaven and[[spoiler: attempting to drown herself so she can go there to be with her parents.]] Laura is understandably anguished, but does not attempt to comfort Jenny at all. Instead, she yells at and lectures her, forgetting that one, [[spoiler: this child is depressed and suicidal]] and two, she probably does not understand the implications of her actions.
***In short, Laura Ingalls may be an innocent, wholesome protagonist--or she may be a brat with a hot temper and an ElectraComplex who, in particular, can't stand to have any important man in her life, not just her father, show kindness toward another female.
1st Jun '16 2:58:40 AM K
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** Continues in ''The Rose Years.'' Eliza Jane got married and moved to Louisiana, and tries to convince her entire family to move down there with her and try rice farming. Laura speculates that she's lonely, but she and Almanzo stay put, since they're still trying to recover from the long disaster that was their first four years of marriage. E.J. does convince her brother Perley, sister Laura, and Mother and Father Wilder to move down there, and at her urging, Father invests his entire fortune in rice farming... and loses it all. Neither he nor Mother recover from the shock, and he died fairly shortly afterward. '

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** Continues in ''The Rose Years.'' Eliza Jane got married and moved to Louisiana, and tries to convince her entire family to move down there with her and try rice farming. Laura speculates that she's lonely, but she and Almanzo stay put, since they're still trying to recover from the long disaster that was their first four years of marriage. E.J. does convince her brother Perley, sister Laura, and Mother and Father Wilder to move down there, and at her urging, Father invests his entire fortune in rice farming... and loses it all. Neither he nor Mother recover from the shock, and he died fairly shortly afterward. '
1st Jun '16 2:58:25 AM K
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** Continues in ''The Rose Years.'' Eliza Jane got married and moved to Louisiana, and tries to convince her entire family to move down there with her and try rice farming. Laura speculates that she's lonely, but she and Almanzo stay put, since they're still trying to recover from the long disaster that was their first four years of marriage. E.J. does convince her brother Perley, sister Laura, and Mother and Father Wilder to move down there, and at her urging, Father invests his entire fortune in rice farming... and loses it all. Neither he nor Mother recover from the shock, and he died fairly shortly afterward. '
31st May '16 7:20:57 PM Angeldeb82
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* [[PuritySue Purity Stu]]:
** Almanzo's father James Wilder. When not being shown, we are repeatedly and explicitly told in ''Farmer Boy'' that he is the best farmer and the smartest, shrewdest, most important and respected man in his community, not to say a kind, fair, understanding, all-round great dad. Mitigated somewhat in that the story is told from the POV of his hero-worshipping small son, presumably also as filtered through the much older Almanzo's nostalgic memories.
** Mary borders on this [[InspirationallyDisadvantaged after she goes blind]]; all the emphasis on an IllGirl's angelic forbearance during a difficult time can be a little hard to take. (Even something as nice as the scenes in which Laura tries to "be her eyes" is slightly marred by Mary's LiteralMinded habit of "gently correcting" her whenever she uses a metaphor to describe something.) It's a nice change later on when she comes back for a visit from college and Laura immediately notices how confident, happy and self-sufficient she is, she displays a sense of humor for almost the first time in the books, and she and Laura get along better than ever.
27th May '16 2:54:54 PM Jayalaw
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* HarsherInHindsight: The end of ''These Happy Golden Years'' can become this, after reading ''The First Four Years''. The Wilders are initially quite optimistic about their future, but the first years of their marriage turn out to be one almost-unmitigated disaster. Drought causes their crops to continually fail, they both come down with diphtheria (which gives Almanzo a ''stroke'', leaving him dependent on a cane for the rest of his life), their infant son dies, and then their house burns down and they subsequently lose both claims. If it weren't based on real events, it would be a complete ShootTheShaggyDog story.

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* HarsherInHindsight: The end of ''These Happy Golden Years'' can become this, after reading ''The First Four Years''. Caroline frets about Laura deciding to get married in her new black cashmere dress, because it invites bad luck. The Wilders are initially quite optimistic about their future, but the first years of their marriage turn out to be one almost-unmitigated disaster. Drought causes their crops to continually fail, they both come down with diphtheria (which gives Almanzo a ''stroke'', leaving him dependent on a cane for the rest of his life), their infant son dies, and then their house burns down and they subsequently lose both claims. If it weren't based on real events, in which Laura and Almanzo managed to build a new life after moving to Missouri, it would be a complete ShootTheShaggyDog story.
26th May '16 7:18:06 PM Jayalaw
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* HollywoodHomely[=/=]IAmNotPretty: Laura's rather critical of and dissatisfied with her own appearance; she envies Nellie Oleson her blonde hair and tall, willowy figure, as she herself is quite short, plump and brunette. In reality, she was a very [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/10/Laura_Ingalls_Wilder.jpg pretty]] [[http://www.notablebiographies.com/images/uewb_10_img0726.jpg girl]].

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* HollywoodHomely[=/=]IAmNotPretty: HollywoodHomely:
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Laura's rather critical of and dissatisfied with her own appearance; she envies Nellie Oleson her blonde hair and tall, willowy figure, as she herself is quite short, plump and brunette. In reality, she was a very [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/10/Laura_Ingalls_Wilder.jpg pretty]] [[http://www.notablebiographies.com/images/uewb_10_img0726.jpg girl]].



* [[PuritySue Purity Stu]]: Almanzo's father James Wilder. When not being shown, we are repeatedly and explicitly told in ''Farmer Boy'' that he is the best farmer and the smartest, shrewdest, most important and respected man in his community, not to say a kind, fair, understanding, all-round great dad. Mitigated somewhat in that the story is told from the POV of his hero-worshipping small son, presumably also as filtered through the much older Almanzo's nostalgic memories.

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* [[PuritySue Purity Stu]]: Stu]]:
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Almanzo's father James Wilder. When not being shown, we are repeatedly and explicitly told in ''Farmer Boy'' that he is the best farmer and the smartest, shrewdest, most important and respected man in his community, not to say a kind, fair, understanding, all-round great dad. Mitigated somewhat in that the story is told from the POV of his hero-worshipping small son, presumably also as filtered through the much older Almanzo's nostalgic memories.



* TearJerker: The death of Laura's son, especially so close after her and Almanzo's diphtheria, which was followed by Almanzo having a ''stroke''. Modern medical theory is that the baby was conceived too soon after the diphtheria and died as a result.

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The death of Laura's son, especially so close after her and Almanzo's diphtheria, which was followed by Almanzo having a ''stroke''. Modern medical theory is that the baby was conceived too soon after the diphtheria and died as a result.


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* WhatAnIdiot: All of Eliza Jane's actions in ''Little Town on the Prairie'' and ''These Happy Golden Years''. First is as an EstablishingCharacterMoment for Laura-- Almanzo had given [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold his thoughts on his sister]] in ''Farmer Boy''-- she immediately takes away the desk that Mary Powers and Minnie were promised when Nellie Oleson demands it, which sows discontent. Then, after hearing from Nellie that Laura was "bragging" about her father being on the school board, she takes out her fury on Laura [[MisplacedRetribution and Carrie]] instead of talking to Charles about Laura's supposed arrogance and letting him handle it given the ValuesDissonance mentioned above. Not to mention she listened to Nellie and believed her [[VillainsNeverLie without considering the source]] which a teacher as a ReasonableAuthorityFigure isn't supposed to do when there are two sides to a story. Making Carrie rock the chair when Carrie's too weak, and sending The Ingalls home when she rocks the chair so loudly that no one can concentrate, is TheLastStraw for the boys in Laura's class, who rebel on her behalf. As a result of these cascading actions, Eliza Jane leaves rather abruptly after the school board barges in on her class suffering disruption, belatedly telling Charles what Nellie told her after the damage has been done. Her two replacements are ''far'' better, which shows how stupid her actions were. Then, a few years later, when her brother is marrying Laura, she has the bright idea of convincing her mother to come to the West and force Almanzo to have a church wedding that no one can afford, which forces Laura and Almanzo to have a rushed, small ceremony with only two witnesses. This means she misses her brother's wedding and doesn't mend any bridges with Laura as a result.
29th Apr '16 10:26:50 AM GothicProphet
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* ShipTease: There were some hints that Cap Garland had in interest an Laura.

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* ShipTease: There were some hints that Cap Garland had in an interest an in Laura.
29th Nov '15 9:19:02 AM ANewMan
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* ReplacementScrappy: Nancy for Nellie.
10th Nov '15 11:32:31 AM Anddrix
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** The blackface minstrel show -- complete with jaunty assurance that "These darkies can't be beat!" -- in ''Little Town on the Prairie'', in which Pa takes part. Not precisely intentional; while the real Laura's experience with actual people of colour was severely limited, it seems to have been amicable. Back in that era, one didn't need to be overtly racist to find that kind of thing hilarious. The UnfortunateImplications and DudeNotFunny didn't show up until several decades after the books were written.

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** The blackface minstrel show -- complete with jaunty assurance that "These darkies can't be beat!" -- in ''Little Town on the Prairie'', in which Pa takes part. Not precisely intentional; while the real Laura's experience with actual people of colour was severely limited, it seems to have been amicable. Back in that era, one didn't need to be overtly racist to find that kind of thing hilarious. The UnfortunateImplications and DudeNotFunny didn't show up until several decades after the books were written.
31st Aug '15 11:57:46 PM Tuckerscreator
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*** NELLIE's music box!
*** Ah. Mea culpa.
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