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

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    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

  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.

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

  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.

  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.

  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


  7. That bag is so cute

  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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