I’ve been a fan of Lucy Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables for over twenty years. Anne Shirley, the heroine of her novels, has long entertained me with her mischief, overabundant imagination, and mishaps. That being said, there’s only ever been one adaptation I’ve ever truly loved and that was the one starring Megan Follows.
Does that mean I’m not open to another version? No, but it’s going to be hard to top it.
Color me surprised last summer when I stumbled upon Anne with an “E” on Netflix. It was similar in many ways, though it strayed slightly from the book, but that’s okay. The heart of the story was there and intact. Now, let’s fast forward to season two. . .
Season two was a very different animal. At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of it because it didn’t simply stray from the book, it was a completely different story with characters of the same name. There are new characters, con artists, a side to Aunt Josephine Barry that was never explored and Gilbert isn’t around for most of the season. It took me a couple of episodes to adjust my thinking, after all, Game of Thrones has long since left the books behind, but the show is better than ever, so it’s important to keep an open mind–which seems to be the theme in season two.
This is a progressive Anne of Green Gables; one that seeks to be inclusive, but in the most tasteful and touching of ways. Much like Anne herself who is determined to live life her way and not how everyone thinks she should, it seems to me like this is what an updated Anne should be.
Bottom line: Take a chance and let yourself fall in love with Anne and her friends all over again even if it’s not exactly what you remember.