When I was a girl there was no one I was less like, and no one I wanted to be more than Anne (with an e) Shirley.
I couldn’t even tell you how many times I’ve read Anne of Green Gables, just that it’s a fairly large number. Also, now that I think on it, that its been a while since I dusted off my copy.
I love the entire Anne series, all the way through Rilla of Ingleside, which I didn’t read until I was an adult (I was sure I was going to hate it, although I have no idea why). Out of all of them, though, Anne of Green Gables is my favorite, because that’s where her spirit and personality and imagination shine the brightest.
Here are just a few of the reasons I wished I were Anne:
- I was a practical kid, which unfortunately is a nice word for boring. As much as I wished I could see the world in poetry and flowers the way Anne did, I just couldn’t.
- She lived in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Seriously. I don’t see how you couldn’t be a romantic if you lived on Prince Edward Island.
- Anne was perfectly comfortable being dramatic. I wanted to be dramatic, but I was too self-conscious (and again with the practical) for that to happen. (I’m sure my parents weren’t too sad about that.)
- Hello – Gilbert Blythe! Don’t get me wrong, Jeremy is awesome and all, but I doubt he would have still loved and pursued me if I’d snubbed him through three novels.
The Anne books are some of the only novels made into movies that are just as good as the books. Just my opinion of course, but I felt like every one of the actors did the characters they were portraying justice. If even one person had been off I’m not sure I could have handled it, but Matthew was shy and sweet, Marilla was awesomely crusty, Rachel was the perfect busybody, Gilbert was handsome and charming, and Anne was…well, Anne, exactly how I imagined her. (So I guess I did have some imagination, after all.)
There aren’t too many reasons why I’d want my girls to grow up any faster than they already are, but I can barely wait to read the Anne books with them. And then watch the movies. And then read them again. 🙂
Oh, and just as a FYI – all of L.M. Montgomery’s books are pretty wonderful. If you liked Anne, chances are you’ll like her other works.
See the rest of the series here.