Why I Didn't Love Anne As A Girl

pink blossomAnyone following my blog or even Instagram in the last year will have noticed how much I love Anne of Green Gables. What used to be a more subtle nod to that book series over the years has become more blatant as I've embraced sharing my favorite quotes and an Anne-like look. So it's probably surprising that while I would call Anne of Green Gables one of my favorite book series and characters now, she wasn't my favorite growing up. Don't get me wrong, I never disliked Anne and I enjoyed the movies from the 1980s immensely, but they weren't my favorite--I didn't love her the way I do now. For me as a shy, self-conscious kid my favorite books, shows, and characters were the more rough-and-tumble tomboyish types--characters the antithesis of myself. I liked female heroines who wielded swords, whose lessons involved defeating dragons rather than overcoming their own temper or stubbornness like Anne. I enjoyed novels as far removed from who I was and where I was as possible--fantasy stories of revenging elves and angry dwarves, science fiction battles in space, etc. Only as I've gotten older have I started to appreciate how much strength it requires to control your temper and to be kind to those who irritate you endlessly (like Prissy Andrews). I had a similar realization a few years ago about the character of Polly from The Dark is Rising series; as a child it always seemed like Polly was a little outside of the action, but as an adult I see how essential Polly was and how she often saved the day without with wits and heart rather than fists. These days those are my favorite stories--I even found myself tearing up recently while reading Anne of Green Gables on a plane, despite having read it at least a dozen times! I still like my science fiction and swashbuckling stories, but the ones that really touch me are more rooted in real life and human kindness.
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10 comments:

  1. I am so jealous of your beautiful pictures! Where do you find all these beautiful spots! 💕💕

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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    1. I live at the edge of a park, so I actually walk to most of the places I take pictures. That's what I love about living in the countryside; there's so much greenery and nature right on my doorstep. I don't think I could ever live happily in a city again :p

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  2. I was so delighted to see the title of this post. I too was not an Anne fan growing up and recently tried the book again and loved it! Like you, I was rather shy or reserved ( I was definitely more of an Emily of New Moon person, both in terms of being a fan of the books but also in personality!) . Anne gave me second hand embarrassment! But you know, I feel like I pick up more about her and how her obviously lonely first years lead to her exuberant imagination and seeing her grow into herself is very lovely.

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  3. I love how some books change depending on when you read them. They change because you change ❤ it's like re-finding yourself

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  4. I never feel comfortable wearing something as wonderfully sweet and feminine as this, I always get too self conscious. You look lovely and the pictures look like drawings.

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  5. I cry reading books too! I may need to re-read the Anne series. A tv series was made recently for Netflix (Anne with an E) and while slightly different from what I remember, I find it enjoyable.

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  6. I had a similar experience with Jane Eyre. I didn't get into it until I was a grownup. Now, I feel like she's part of me :-) Great storytelling, by the way.

    ~Laurali Star

    https://www.girlynaturelovers.com

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  7. That bag is so cute
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  8. Isn't it wonderful how you can relate differently to certain characters throughout your life? It's like as you grow so do the tales! A lovely post, I thank ye!

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