I’m so glad we live in a world where there is Anne of Green Gables. I was amazed that the story of a little orphan girl made me so happy and giddy inside. With great absorption, I followed the trials Anne faced growing up in Avonlea: overcoming bias in the small town, learning from her mistakes, proving to the community she is an intelligent, talented young woman. I laughed out loud at some of her catastrophes (mouse pudding, anyone?) and cried when Marilla realized how much she completely loved Anne. In Anne of Green Gables, there are no teen pregnancies, drug abuse or other kinds of 90210 scandal. I love me some trashy storylines, but nothing could captivate me as deeply as this simple, beautiful story.
And I’m not alone. Anne of Green Gables has been adored by girls all around the world for generations. Heck, it’s even Kate Middleton’s favourite book from childhood. What is this magical spell Anne’s story has cast upon us?
Girl power! In the footsteps of Jane Eyre and pre-dating Riot Grrls/Spice Girls/HBO Girls, Anne of Green Gables is a celebration of girlhood glory. We love Anne not only because she’s smart and independent, but also because she is so girly and emotional. She’s ready to take the world on by storm, but also obsessed with her hair and the latest fashion. She’s a fighter, but knows when to make peace. She’s no pushover and when she loves a kindred spirit, Anne loves deeply. I think Anne is a wonderful role model for young women in Britney Spears world.
I imagine some people wouldn’t pick up this book because it’s considered children’s literature. As I have mentioned in another post, not much happens in this book from an adult perspective. Anne talks a lot, hangs out with her bestie, hates Gilbert Blythe and annoys Marilla. She sits by the window and daydreams. She grows up and other than the death of Matthew Cuthbert nothing bad happens. In our day and age, it’s impossible for children Anne’s age to hold onto their innocence. To me it’s a nice change to read a book where innocence isn’t lost or destroyed. We can appreciate how sweeet and precious it is to have a childhood.
Thanks to everyone who signed up for my first read-along and who commented on my posts. I hope you enjoyed Anne of Green Gables as much as I did!