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Anne of Green Gables

I know some of you out there will admit along with me that Anne and Gilbert were your first ship.  Just in case some of you didn't know, the 100th Anniversary of the printing of Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery is this year.  Amazon.com has a 100th Anniversary edition out right now in hardcover, if anyone is interested.  

I confess that I read the cover right off my original copy.  I know some of you did the same - anyone care to reminisce about Gilbert Blythe?


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Aug. 19th, 2008 05:45 am (UTC)
That moment when Anne finally admits she loves him, when she thinks he is dying, when "he done got the turn"? Still a kick in the gut every time.
Aug. 19th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
oh geez - every time. Buckets of tears. When she's telling him the book is dedicated to him and Christine and he's trying to tell her it's over with Christine ... man. I've read every book in that series at least a dozen times. I love the movies too.
Aug. 19th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
I loved the first one - Megan Follows was a perfect Anne. I didn't like what they did to the other storylines though.

I've read every book so many times I can practically quote them word for word. I want to teach a course on Women in War in Literature and use Rilla of Ingleside - a perfect description of why women are sometimes more bloody in battle than men. They risk so much more.

Gilbert and Anne set the stage; Peter and Harriet set the expectation. Our childhood reading really can affect our whole lives.
Aug. 20th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
Lord Peter and Harriet Vane, right? I've never read the novels but they sound intriguing.

I've seen Megan Follows in some other things (Law and Order, maybe?) but it never worked for me - she was always Anne.

I just bought the whole series of books for my niece who turns nine next month, and I really hope she loves them as much as I did (do).

Have you read the other books by Montgomery?
Aug. 20th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
I've read books by Montgomery even SHE doesn't know she wrote! Several years ago, her short stories, published in women's magazines at the turn of the century, were collected and re-published. They are a little cookie-cutter, but still have that lovely fresh quality about them that I love. http://www.tickledorange.com/LMM/ShortStories.html

My favourite book of hers is not an Anne book: it's called A Tangled Web, and it is an extremely complex family story. I read the Emily books too late - she never captured me the way she did others (Madeleiine L'Engle credited Emily with making her a writer), and the Pat books left me a little cold as well. I loved the Story Girl and sequels (before they got ruined by Sullivan and Co), and still think The Blue Castle is a brilliant book.

And if you haven't read Wimsey, you really need to start. I recommend beginning with the first (Whose Body?) and reading through the end, because there is so much context lost if you start with the books Harriet shows up in. Of course, I am a huge Sayers fan, so I may be asking too much!
Aug. 21st, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
I haven't read everything by Montgomery but I think I'm going to now. This has totally inspired me. I've read the Pat series, and the Emily books and of the two, Emily was my favorite. I read the Emily series as a young teen, but didn't read the Pat books until I was an adult. I've seen the A Tangled Web online, as well as The Blue Castle and I think I'm going to have to read both.

And I'm adding the Wimsey books to my list. Don't worry - I always start with the first book in a series. I can never start in the middle. And I'll just have Harriet to look forward to!
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
LOVED Anne of Green Gables. Loved the whole series in fact. And really loved the homegrown CBC production of it with Megan Follows as Anne. They shot it right on PEI and the scenes and the casting were just...perfect. Well, the first two parts were and then they did some sort of AU 3rd part where Gilbert goes to fight in WWI...which never happened. But until then...ah!

Thanks for the reminder. I should go watch that again!

And yes, I LOVED Gilbert Blythe! :)
Aug. 19th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
Megan Follows will always be Anne to me. And I agree that the first too were the good ones, that WWI movie was bizarre. It was like they took the rest of the series and made it all about Anne and Gil and not their children. Wasn't it Walter that fought in WWI? In "Rilla of Ingleside"?
Aug. 19th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
I only ever read the original series. But in the original series Gilbert was a doctor on the Island, not in the war. Why did they have to change it? I just don't understand...
Aug. 20th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
Right, in the books Gil was a doctor in Ingleside, and they had kids, one of whom fought in WWI. After the two original Anne movies, there was a third one that was sort of a combo of the last one or two books in the series, only they had Gil going to WWI (although he might have been a doctor?) and Anne was in Europe too, and basically it was totally bizarre.
Aug. 20th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
Yes, it was. At the time I was really looking forward to it and I remember being disappointed because it just wasn't what I was expecting. Not after how loyal they had been to the storyline in the first two pieces. I treat that last installment like I treat 'A Pain in the Heart'...it simply didn't happen in my world... ::insert innocent whistling here::
Aug. 21st, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
Very good idea - if everyone participates in the delusion, then that will make it go away. And I'm definitely game for applying that principle to 'A Pain in the Heart'. **whistles with you**

Sep. 14th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
Anne and Gilbert were totally my first ship, before I even knew what ships were. My favorite book of the series was the one where she finally realizes she loves him (Anne of the Island, I think) and I must've read that one countless times (it's available online as a free text). It's funny, I was just thinking the other day about how I needed to find myself a Gilbert Blythe but my friend didn't quite get the reference. :o)

Thank you very much for the info - on my wishlist it goes!
Sep. 15th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, when she realizes she loves him ... I'll cry a gallon of tears to this day when I read that. Loved me some Gilbert Blythe.
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