That House on the Prairie

I was having a conversation with the Kaiser about sappy TV shows, and somehow we got on the subject of Little House on the Prairie. That show certainly had a lot of crying, and people taking forever to die against a background of heart wrenching music. I liked the show as a kid, but even then I thought the melodrama was a bit over the top. The books were not like that at all. They were just good stories that didn’t need sap (or mudfights) to hold my attention. When Mary went blind it was tragic, but not melodramatic. There was no sobbing, for Pete’s sake.

Anyway, I did some googling on Laura Ingalls Wilder. It turns out that she might never have published those books if she hadn’t lost all her money in the stock market crash of 1929. By then she was already in her sixties. Hard times may have pressed her to write her pioneer stories in hopes of making a little money. Her daughter was already a successful writer and seems to have been instrumental in getting her mother’s stories published. Perhaps if necessity hadn’t shown up, unannounced as it often does, those memorable stories would have stayed half-outlined on a shelf somewhere, and nobody would have ever heard of her or that house on the prairie.

Maybe some of us are just a bit too comfortable.

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~ by standupmimi on November 19, 2008.

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