anne of green gables (1985)


Gilbert Blythe wasn’t used to putting himself out to make a girl look at him and meeting with failure. She SHOULD look at him, that red-haired Shirley girl with the little-pointed chin and the big eyes that weren’t like the eyes of any other girl in Avonlea school. Gilbert reached across the aisle, picked up the end of Anne’s long red braid, held it out at arm’s length and said in a piercing whisper: “Carrots! Carrots!” Then Anne looked at him with a vengeance! She did more than look. She sprang to her feet, her bright fancies fallen into cureless ruin. She flashed one indignant glance at Gilbert from eyes whose angry sparkle was swiftly quenched in equally angry tears. “You mean, hateful boy!” she exclaimed passionately. “How dare you!” And then—thwack! Anne had brought her slate down on Gilbert’s head and cracked it—slate not head—clear across. - Chapter 15 - A Tempest in the School Teapot

Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe - The famous “Carrots” and slate scene.


        When school was dismissed Anne marched out with her red head held high. Gilbert Blythe tried to intercept her at the porch door. “I’m awfully sorry I made fun of your hair, Anne,” he whispered contritely. “Honest I am. Don’t be mad for keeps, now.”
        Anne swept by disdainfully, without look or sign of hearing. “Oh how could you, Anne?” breathed Diana as they went down the road half reproachfully, half admiringly.
        “I shall never forgive Gilbert Blythe,” said Anne firmly. “And Mr. Phillips spelled my name without an ‘e,’ too. The iron has entered into my soul, Diana.”

um…so I guess the new Anne with An E series on Netflix was nice. 

Gilbert Blythe ended up being my most favorite character in this new series.

People might think I am being a traditionalist but I think Megan Follows was the only one who was able to really get inside Anne’s head and deliver to us the beloved Anne we so much love.

As a person who is interested in beautiful cinematography, I would say that the new series has poetic cinematography and lovely elements and quality frames.

I’m not sure how to put this, I don’t want people to be upset with me if they really loved the new Anne and I didn’t.

Tbh, she seemed more like the usual orphan is always a victim trope.

And that all could be true that orphans back then didn’t have a sweet life, but not everyone was abused just because they were orphans. I guess they used this approach so that the audience/viewers would feel sorry for Anne and be able to understand her better of how sad and lonely and an outcast Anne feels all the time.

I’m not sure if that was necessary. I didn’t think it was. But if anyone disagrees with me, it’s totally fine.

And I feel like this new Anne was always a little too hysterical. I had a problem with enjoying her character. I always felt sorry for her and felt annoyed when people picked on her but I still couldn’t enjoy watching her.

Megan Follows said in an interview way back:

“I think the thing with Anne is that she’s not a victim and that’s why so many people and particularly women go: OH THANK GOD! You know she’s not a victim. She’s eccentric because she is absolutely open and so therefore in some people’s eyes it’s too much. It’s like she’s too joyous, or she’s too in despair. But there’s no barrier, she doesn’t filter herself. She doesn’t sensor herself.” via Sullivan Ent.

But that’s why we loved Anne so much, she never saw herself as a victim. She was eccentric, bold, brave, creative, never had any self pity. Sure she did have a temper. But she had reason to let it loose sometimes. Though her vanity may have been wounded from time to time, she never let that take her down completely so much that she was so hurt and offended. I don’t remember Anne running from her problems. She never ran from her problems. She always tried to find a solution out of those problems and I gotta admit some things didn’t work (like dying her hair) and some things did. But she still faced those problems bravely. She was also very stubborn.

Anne knew who she was and where she came from. But she didn’t use the orphan card. It wasn’t because she was an orphan that people had a tough time getting used to her and did or didn’t like her. It was because she stirred the waters of Avonlea. She was a whole new individual of her own and for some people she was a firework and for others a star (wink wink @ Gilbert). I don’t think they were ever used to a person like her. They didn’t know how to deal with her or accept her. Everything was so still in Avonlea and boring and then BOOM! Anne Shirley arrives. Her orphan status was never the problem, sure it was used against her when people ran out of insults and what not, but it was her beautiful vivid colorful character that people couldn’t deal with.

She didn’t need to redeem herself to be accepted either. 

In the words of Megan Follows:

“It’s an epic love story. I think that you take an orphan who’s then won over the hearts of a community and found a place of belonging and the first Anne was really about finding a place of belonging and the second Anne was about establishing that sense of belonging and going beyond that and through that she found her nemesis…”

I think Megan Follows has set the bar so high, I am always going to be the 1985 Anne of Green Gables fan. I don’t get any more stubborn than that. No matter of beautiful cinematography is ever going to make me change my mind.

Let’s hope no one tries to do their own version of Road to Avonlea next or I am flipping tables. I grew up watching that show and it was my favorite childhood show of all time. No one dare touch Sarah Stanley or the King Family or Hetty King or I will throw a fit.

I think Anne found her Mary Queen of Scots, y'all.

(I finally got to watching the 3 Anne movies with Megan Follows – I ADORED – and in the Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel movie, I found this part funny since Megan Follows (who played Anne) now plays Catherine De Medici who is Mary’s mother-in-law on Reign)

I can’t watch Netflix’s Anne With An E without comparing everything to the 1985 Anne of Green Gables adaptation. 

I don’t mean to say that I dislike Anne With An E or that it’s an inferior adaptation. It’s just that Anne of Green Gables was a childhood staple in our house so it’s the standard that I judge all Anne adaptations against. Consequently, with every scene, every character, and every plot development I sit there thinking “In Anne of Green Gables they did it *this* way.”

Originally posted by pitudt

Impressions so far: Although I prefer the cast of Anne of Green Gables because they’re just so ingrained in my psyche, I do like that Anne With An E’s young cast actually look like they’re around 13 years old. 

Also, the tone of the two series are different. Anne of Green Gables is fairly humorous. Anne’s problems (and her solutions) are often comic because Anne has an flair for absurdity and melodrama. Moreover, Marilla is delightfully sarcastic, and Collen Dewhurst has fantastic comedic timing. 

Originally posted by karadanvsers

Anne With An E, on the other hand, is dark. Anne appears to suffer from PTSD. Her issues stem from an abusive childhood rather than mere loneliness. Her behavior is driven by past abuse and cruelty. There’s nothing funny about that. 

Originally posted by wahgifs

anonymous asked:

I didn't know that there was going to be a new Anne of Green Gables! How exciting! What do you think so far? Do you think it compares to the 1985 Anne of Green Gables so far?

So far I think it is AMAZING and so much of what I could have dreamed of having with a full-length TV series with a good budget and exceptional casting. The Sullivan movies have their place in my childhood nostalgia, but quite frankly, film has moved on, and for the sake of condensing things into film-length stories and matching Kevin’s own desired outcomes, a lot of things I loved about the books was lost or altered. (Particularly in later films–no Patty’s Place, no Windy Poplars…the Great War suddenly being fought a whole generation sooner than expected…)

The thing about this series is that it’s actually much nearer to the book, and simply expands on incidents/plot-points/characterization in intriguing and touching ways. I’ll say it again–none of it feels cheap or gimmicky, where changes have been made. Life was hard back then–really hard, for Anne–and while in the books it’s rather glossed over, she even comments on it much later in her life when she’s a grown woman with her own family…clearly the harshness of her early life has made deep impressions and stayed with her. After finding love and stability at Green Gables, she begins to smooth out her rough edges, the near-compulsive chattiness that drives Marilla bonkers mellows into something more like her characteristic talkative nature. It’s fantastic to see a series acknowledging the darkness in this world, because it makes the warmth and light of love and safety so much more cherished and poignant.

This series is taking its time, and I hope it meets with enough success to continue for the five prospective seasons the producers have allegedly planned. I appreciate that they’re taking their time for the lovely little bits I loved from the book–the details of Anne’s first days at school, the slowness of finding her feet among the other girls…Diana is a good and loyal friend to Anne, but she’s also been friends with these other girls all her life…so she’s integral to forming a bridge between the two, and it’s not easy. The story club is given more than just a throw-away line and I love that this is a story about a little girl and finding her true family and how she relates to other little girls, and it’s not just railroading the Gilbert Blythe plot as a main feature. They’re still children, and that’s okay.

Given what I’ve just seen in episode 4 and the preview for next week, I think with the timing of this season they’re likely to end it on Anne finding acceptance with the townsfolk/school friends and finally getting the Barry’s blessing on her friendship with Diana. Which is a brilliant opener arc, and sets up the groundwork for continuing forward, no longer quite an outsider in Avonlea.