Hilarious in Hindsight: An out-of-universe example in Alcott's journal about her publisher's request to write a book for girls (info in brackets added by troper):
Marmee, Anna (Meg's real-life counterpart), and May (Amy's real-life counterpart) all approve my plan. So I plod away, though I donít enjoy this sort of thing. Never liked girls or knew many, except my sisters, but our queer plays and experiences may prove interesting, though I doubt it.
(Added later after the novel's publication and success) Good joke