I have recently been rereading one of my favorite books of all time, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. It’s falls into one of my three favorite genres (or, at least, I think it does): classics. For those who have not read the books, and have not seen the truly excellent miniseries from the 1980s… let me tell you about Anne Shirley.
Anne Shirley is the sweetest little girl you would ever meet.
She comes into the story as a bright, imaginative, chatty orphan girl. Our very first impression of her is stranded at a train station and she immediately opens up the Matthew Cuthbert by telling him that if he had not come to get her, she had planned to spend the night sleeping in a tree, because wouldn’t it be romantic to sleep in a tree? She is positively not what the Cuthbert bargained for, but she quickly talks her way into everybody’s hearts.
I think I’m more in love with the miniseries movies than I am with the books. That almost never happens. The language Montgomery uses in the novels is beautiful, lyrical, but Megan Fellows, who plays Anne in the miniseries, is nothing short of perfection. It’s little wonder why so many people have been hesitant about the latest reboot. Anne is sweet and kind and spontaneous and charming, and it is difficult to imagine anyone could play her with such sincerity and gentle spirit as has already been done.
The trailer to the latest Netflix reboot makes me cringe. That is not my Anne.
Instead, I will leave you with one of my favorite scenes from the Canadian 1985 miniseries. Yes, it includes the intolerable (Anne’s words!) Gilbert Blythe.
This post was written as part of the April A-Z Challenge. For 26 days in the month of April (excluding Sundays), a post will be written for each letter of the alphabet. April first is “A” and so I chose “Anne Shirley” as my topic.
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