Has there been a film version?
Several – the most well known being the 1985 Canadian mini series starring Megan Follows as Anne. There have been parodies, cartoon versions, stage versions, and a BBC series.
Who are the main characters?
Anne Shirley – an orphan girl adopted by a middle aged brother and sister on Prince Edward Island, she has an abundant imagination, sparkling grey eyes, and flaming red hair
Marilla Cuthbert – one of the owners of Green Gables, Anne’s surrogate mother
Matthew Cuthbert – Marilla’s brother, the other owner of Green Gables and Anne’s surrogate father
Diana Barry – Anne’s bosom friend
Rachel Lynde – the town gossip and one of Marilla’s closest friends
Gilbert Blythe – Anne’s rival in school, her mortal enemy
What’s it about?
When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert send for an orphan boy to help them run their farm at Green Gables, they are surprised to receive a girl instead. Anne Shirley is everything they’re inexperienced with – female, talkative, imaginative, and prone to getting into trouble. But she wins over their hearts and they decide to keep her. Their lives are changed forever, as is Anne’s, as she begins to blossom into a dreamy, lovely young woman who excels in the classroom. This book chronicles Anne’s early years at Green Gables, as she meets her bosom friend, Diana, her rival Gilbert, and all the other quirky and lovable characters of Avonlea.
Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
Because every single character in these novels has the ability to win you over – led by Anne herself. Almost any girl in creation can relate to Anne somehow.
Do you recommend I read this book?
Yes – especially if you’re a young teenage girl.
How did this book make your list?
I first watched the Megan Follows TV series and then read the books. They’re wonderful.
Has it won any awards?
“There’s such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I’m such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half as interesting.” – p 161
The only female literary character who can give Anne a run for her money when it comes to my favorite is Elizabeth Bennett. However, Anne lives in an era which is a little bit more relatable for me and I just feel that if we were neighbors we would be friends. There isn’t really a plot to this book, it just relates the misadventures of Anne Shirley and her friends and family. They are incidents which any teen or pre teen could relate to – from school, to making friends, to pride, to relationships. And they’re told in such a friendly sort of way, you just can’t help but keep reading. If you have never read this series, I implore you – buy this book. Don’t check it out from the library, buy it. You won’t regret it.