Title: Anne of Green Gables
Author: L. M. Montgomery
Genre: Children’s Literature
Page Count: 371
Publication Date: June 1908
I’m not proud to admit this, but I still haven’t completely finished Anne of Green Gables as I write this blog post. I made it to chapter 18– roughly halfway through the book. I’m trying my best to give myself some grace when it comes to not finishing this novel for the third or fourth time in my life, but I’m feeling a little deflated about it. I have made the executive decision that it’s time to move past my inability to finish this book and start a new book for the month of November.
You’re probably wondering why I’ve given this book 4 out of 5 seeing as I just told you I didn’t finish the book. My fiancé even vocalized how he noticed the book wasn’t holding my attention. So please understand that I absolutely love L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. I’ve simply fallen victim to adaptation overload.
Did you know there have been approximately a dozen Anne of Green Gables adaptations since the book’s publication in 1908? The most recent one was Netflix’s series “Anne with an ‘E'”. Another great adaptation can be found on a YouTube channel with the same name. I’ve watched both of these version, plus others, and have loved every second of them. Ironically, I’d dare to deem myself a bit of an Anne of Green Gables fanatic.
Anne’s whimsical and confident personality makes her one of my all-time favorite literary heroines. She normalizes being a strong independent woman before it was cool and is surrounded by amazing female role models like the determined Marilla, the outspoken Mrs. Lynde, and her bookworm best friend, Diana Barry. Anne expresses her emotions and mind without thinking twice and is often found manifesting the good in her life through her imaginative antics. She is everything I have aspired to be and everything I want my future daughters to believe in.
Anne of Green Gables is also an extremely effective way to teach kids about foster care and adoption. It shows you how you can choose your family and how, when you willingly open your heart up, love can be abundant and unconditional. So, I love Montgomery for writing this story and I love all of the different ways the world has kept this timeless story alive. I unfortunately believe I’ve overdosed on Anne and, as I said before, am victim to adaptation overload. As I read the novel, I knew what was going to happen even before it happened which took the joy out of reading it for me. I felt like I was checking of a to-do list of events and it just wasn’t worth trying to finish the novel in the end.
I have officially decided that if I ever have a daughter, this is the first book I will read to her as a bedtime story to make sure she does not suffer the same disservice I bestowed upon myself. Then, and only then, will I be able to say I’ve officially read Anne of Green Gables.
You can purchase Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery here if you’re interested in reading. I will be reviewing my first anthology during the month of November called It’s a Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes, and Other Jewish Stories so feel free to purchase it here if you’d like to read along. The review will be up by the end of the month — God willing. Stay tuned for October’s florilegium, created from what I managed to complete of Anne of Green Gables, next week on November 14th.