I never did watch the television show, so I can't make any comparisons here.
Some random thoughts that crossed my head this time through...
I wonder what Laura's Pa and Almanzo's father would have thought of each other? I bet that Almanzo's father would have thought Pa to be a drifter; lazy and uncommitted. While Pa would have thought that Almanzo's father was stodgy and boring and unadventurous.
How much bad luck can one family have? Little House in the Big Woods wasn't bad; but then in Little House on the Prairie, they are just getting settled when they are kicked off their land; On the Banks of Plum Creek is one disaster after another; By the Shores of Silver Lake starts out with the family needing to start over again on top of the family being ill; and in The Long Winter the family almost starves to death. Little Town on the Prairie and These Happy Golden Years are a bit more positive, but then Laura and Almanzo's married life starts out with a four year run of bad luck in The First Four Years.
I wonder what would have happened, had the Ingalls family decided to stay in Wisconsin and become settled farmers, rather than moving out west? Would they have become prosperous land-owners sooner than they did?
Why are the books so appealing, despite all of this bad luck? I think that it is the love and the bond of family that shines through all of the stories, through good times and bad.
Anyways, just a few random thoughts as I go into the weekend. I have no idea what book I am going to pick up next. I had started the latest Anne Michaels book before diving into the Little House series - I may finish that, or I may pick something else up.