anne of green gables blogs

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get to know me meme: favorite characters [6/7] - Anne Shirley Cuthbert  

“If I really wanted to pray I’ll tell you what I’d do. I’d go out into a great big field all alone or in the deep, deep woods and I’d look up into the sky—up—up—up—into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness. And then I’d just feel a prayer.”

get to know me meme [1/10] favourite characters: anne shirley - from anne of green gables, by lucy maud montgomery (1908)

“But I’d rather look ridiculous when everybody else does than plain and sensible all by myself," 

15 Day Books Challenge - Day 4

Day 4: Your favorite book from your childhood

So far, this has been the easiest one for me to answer.

Similarly to The Night Circus, I own SO MANY copies of this book. It has quite a few different editions of it and I can’t help myself.

These books got me into reading. I would not be the person that I am today without them, and I owe them so much. I will forever treasure them in my heart.

To this day, I still identify with Anne. I feel like we’re quite similar actually; our rough upbringing that taught us to be loyal and kind but also to be guarded, we both have big big dreams and are serious daydreamers, when we love our friends, we love them hardcore, and (I’d like to think) we both went beyond our expectations of ourselves and ended up bigger and better than expected.

I feel like I know Anne - like she is a real life friend of mine because I’ve read her stories so often and they are so dear to me, and the writing of her character is so multi-dimensional that I can’t help but wonder out how alive she seems. Also, a random side note that Gilbert Blythe was absolutely my first fictional boyfriend… I had a crush on him when I read him, and then I saw the Canadian miniseries from the 80′s and fell in love with that version of him too!

If you have’t read these books yet, I highly recommend them. They are sweet, emotional, and wonderful. And summer is a great time to pic them up! <3

Here’s the thing about Anne With an E. Yes, it’s different. Yes they modernized a lot of things. And yes there probably were political reasons behind some of the changes. But none of that really bothers me because at the end of the day, it’s a beautifully made series that does honor the books. I don’t believe adaptations have to be perfect representations to be beautiful in their own right. The wonderful thing about literature is that it’s timeless. It means different things to different people. In the same way that we can pay homage to a work of art or piece of music by remixing/updating it, can’t we also do that to a book? What I love most about the series is Anne’s optimism, her relationship with Matthew & Marilla and (of course) Gilbert, and all that is unaffected by the changes.