One of my favourite characters in literature turns 100 next month. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery was first published in 1908 and went on to become one of the most beloved children’s series of all time.
The book was an instant success when it first appeared – Anne “is the dearest and most loveable child in fiction since the immortal Alice”, growled crusty, cynical Mark Twain – and it’s been going strong ever since. The Guardian – read the rest of the article here.
In addition to reading all of the books cover to cover many times, my mum and sisters and I also loved watching the TV movies starring Megan Follows as Anne. I’m usually pretty dubious about TV/film versions of books, but this particular adaption treated the series with the warmth and respect it deserved and both the original and the sequel were beautiful. I still get teary when Matthew dies in the field and I love the scene were Anne pretends to be the Lady of Shallot and floats down the river on a leaky punt, to be discovered later by arch rival Gilbert, clinging to the bridge. Classic.
The third installment Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story was awful though, using a plot line that was never part of the original book series. This one is best left well alone!
Love this track too…banjo pluckin’ and cute lyrics. I’m alright with Anne with an e