Anne of Green Gables.

I’m watching it on TV right now. E is out talking music with an old friend in town for Christmas shopping, and the choice of TV channel is mine.

I didn’t realize how much they had shifted events around. I suppose the last time I saw it I was about 12, and I was a much less critical viewer than I am now. And although I am still loving the movie, I’m hating the shifts in events.

This is the peril in loving a book. Sometimes I can even get enraged by how a movie is treated onscreen.

I have read the Anne books probably once a year, starting from about Grade two, so I know what happens pretty well. I know the language verbatim in some places. More, I know the pictures in my head, and when they are different from the actions in the movie.

I love Anne of Green Gables. She is part of the reason I spent so long willing my hair red when I was younger. What, that can’t happen? I must have just naturally gone from mousy to red(dish) with no input from my wishes? You know nothing. I totally wished my hair red. No, I did!

I also love how Anne rises from adversity. Even now, I can learn a lot from her determination and good grace. If it’s a silly disaster (dying her hair green, for example), Anne wallows and then makes the best of it. If it’s a serious disaster (Minne May may die of croup) Anne acts swiftly and decisively. I’d like to think I was like that, too.

Hm. I think I’m going to watch Part 2 tomorrow. I may send E out into the cold to watch it in peace, too.

7 Comments to “Anne of Green Gables.”

  1. By Beth, December 20, 2009 @ 11:47 am

    My heroine was Beth, from Little Women. That’s why I’m Beth now, chosing to use my middle name rather than my first, which I always hated.
    As a child I saw her as noble and giving but it was her death that got me. I’m thinking many children have thought the same thing at times – when parents were angry or preoccupied: I’ll die, and there you’ll be around my coffin, crying and wishing you hadn’t yelled at me, or hadn’t ignored me. Then you’ll be sorry.
    And there was Beth, the sweetest and the best of them all, and then they were sorry they hadn’t given her her due.
    I no longer imagine my funeral. It’s too real at 60 and I’d rather be a real person than a plaster saint. But I do like the name Beth.

  2. By Stephanie, December 21, 2009 @ 7:27 pm

    Here is what I remember from Anne of Green Gables (I read all those books at some point, but I don’t remember when. I think maybe 6th grade.) I remember that I never liked the name Gilbert for her boyfriend. I liked him as a person, but I wished his name was Ryan or David or something. Also, there is some point where Anne is older but she still has nice ankles. I always thought, hells yeah. I want to have nice ankles too.

  3. By elswhere, December 21, 2009 @ 11:50 pm

    I usually hate seeing movies based on books I love. The more I love the book, the more I usually hate the movie. For this reason, I have never seen the movie of “A Little Princess” even though everyone said it was so good.

    MG feels the same, so much though that she went into full rant mode upon being asked if she wanted to see “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.” Apparently just the trailer was enough to enrage her with its difference from the book.

  4. By Liz, December 21, 2009 @ 11:57 pm

    Beth, isn’t it funny how we see the flaws in our erstwhile heroes?

    Stephanie, I don’t remember the ankle thing. Anne had a good nose, but I need to reread for ankles.

    Els, You, MG and I are peas in a pod when it comes to movie adaptations. I think I even explicitly told E not to bring the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movie anywhere near me. Blasphemy!

  5. By clara, December 22, 2009 @ 7:35 am

    I read the books, though not as fervently as some (you & Sarah spring to mind) but when I first saw the movie I was at the right age to fall deeply in crush with Gilbert and the actor who played him. I had forgotten this until the other night when I was flipping channels and OMG THERE HE IS and my pubescent brain took over and made me stay on the channel until the next commercial.

  6. By Nicole, December 23, 2009 @ 1:32 am

    I met Richard Farnsworth at a rodeo when I was a kid. I thought he was the best Matthew. He was super nice when I met him.

  7. By Beth, December 23, 2009 @ 4:46 am

    Richard Farnsworth was amazing. His role in The Straight Story – where he rode riding lawnmower to go see his brother – incredible.

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