4 Questions on New Anne of Green Gables Adaption

August 28th, 2016 by

anne_of_green_gablesRecently, Netflix announced that they will be adapting L.M. Montgomery’s classic book Anne of Green Gables into an eight-episode miniseries titled Annewhich will be available for Anne Shirley fans to watch in 2017. That’s potentially anywhere from 126 days to 493 days we might have to wait for Anne to premiere — let’s hope it’s not scheduled for a December 31st, 2017 air date!

In the meantime, I already have a few pressing questions that need to be answered, ASAP:

1. Who will the cast be?

Obviously we want to know who’s playing the spunky, fiery-haired heroine Anne Shirley. And her best friend, confidant, and kindred spirit Diana Prince. Who will portray the Cuthberts? Can anyone pull off annoyingly smart, smug, and handsome frenemy Gilbert Blythe? I’ll even take an announcement on who’s playing gossipy neighbor Rachel Lynde!

2. Will any of the cast from the old 1980s miniseries be in the show?

This might just be a question from nerdy, old-old fans like me. Unfortunately, the actor who played Gilbert Blythe has passed away, but the actress who played Anne Shirley in the 1980s, Megan Follows, is still kicking butt on TV — could she play a grown-up character in the new show (not Rachel Lynde, preferably)?

3. Will the story be modernized at all?

Part of the charm of Anne of Green Gables is that it took place before television, cell phones, and the Internet. Would it be the same if Anne and Diana confided with each other over video chat? I don’t really want to see Anne smash an iPad over Gilbert’s head…

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The famous — and now when we watch it again, rather violent — scene!

4. How much of the book/books will the miniseries cover?

Anne is about 11 to 16 years old in the first book, which has always been my favorite — but it would be wonderful to see events from Anne of Avonlea or Anne of the Island depicted too! Sequel, perhaps? (Okay, now I’m getting ahead of myself.)

While we wait, there are plenty of books in the series by L.M. Montgomery to read (eight total, plus three more in which Anne Shirley is mentioned), and when we’re done with those, there’s also Emily of New Moon and many others by L.M. Montgomery. Speaking of Emily, maybe that should be adapted into a miniseries… After all, Anne Shirley has gotten television series, television movies, animated series, musical plays, regular plays, and more dedicated to her. There are other orphan girls on Prince Edward Island!

Note: In tune with what I believe Anne Shirley would want, there are no references at all to orange-colored root vegetables in this blog post.

Are you excited about the upcoming Anne of Green Gables adaptation? Leave a comment below to share any speculation on the new series!

— Nancy

icon_nancyNancy would looooove to have red hair like Anne Shirley, which is funny since Anne wanted black hair like Nancy’s Diana’s. Oh well.

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Images from Anne of Green Gables (1985) taken from Interwebs.

Kidsmomo Podcast #44: “About a Girl”

March 22nd, 2011 by

A dorky new girl, a spunky orphan, and a girl who’s just trying to figure out life stuff the best that she can — these are the stars of our latest podcast, all about series starring girls. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Kidsmomo podcast without some off-topic segments too… So prepare yourself for Karen’s rant about summer birthdays and a revelation about Nancy and pus! (Yes, pus! We told you to prepare yourself!)

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  • “Too school for cool” — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Wimpy Kid vs. Dork Diaries
  • Our Series Starring Girls picks (the Alice series and the Anne of Green Gables books)
  • A review from YOU (Molly Saves the Day, an American Girl book)
  • A bloated hand (seriously, prepare yourself!)

And don’t forget: our new theme is books about siblings! So send us a review of your favorite book about siblings and check out our picks for books about siblings.

— Karen and Nancy

Character Interviews: (NOT) Welcoming the New Kid

September 11th, 2010 by

The books for our current theme are all about new kids — some of whom don’t exactly get the warmest welcome. Sure, you could luck out like Emily Ebers (in the books by Lisa Yee) and make friends with someone really cool like Millicent Min. Okay, Millicent isn’t exactly “cool,” but she’s really nice.

On the other hand, some of the locals aren’t so nice to the new kids in our books for this theme. And I caught up with some of them to get the inside scoop for Kidsmomo:

“Well, once there was this girl who was just… just… WEIRD. Her clothes didn’t match. I mean, I guess some people would think she’s original and cool, but I thought it was weird. She dressed like it was Halloween every day. It must be a family thing, because her little brother dressed like it was Halloween all the time, too. Maybe they’re just really into Halloween.”

Rosemary

“Word of advice: When you meet the new girl, don’t pull her pigtails and call her ‘Carrots,’ no matter how much you want her to pay attention to you because she’s really cute. Because she’ll hold a grudge for a really, really long time. It might be years before she agrees to be your friend.”

Gilbert Blythe

“I hate when people get in my face. Especially losers. So when a new kid — a big-time loser — gets to camp, I show him who’s boss. I usually grab his scrawny neck and drag him into the bathroom. Then I give a good dunking in the toilet.”

Clarisse La Rue

When asked about the incident with a certain son of Poseidon, Miss La Rue rudely stated the interview was over, tore off her microphone, and hit me in the face with it.

Okay, I didn’t actually interview these characters, obviously. Because they’re fictional. Which is just as well, because I’m pretty sure Clarisse would beat me up. 🙁

— Nancy

After re-imagining an encounter with Clarisse, Nancy decided that she could get a decent punch in. She’s pretty feisty.

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Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

August 20th, 2010 by

Submitted by Hahaha me, Age 11 from Maine

Rating: ★★★★★

In classics, the author usually drones on and on about things that nobody cares about (kind of like I’m doing now). So I don’t like them. My definition of a classic is “action-lacking and boring”. But this summer I found a classic that blew me away! When Anne, an energetic red-head orphan who has been shuffled around through different families all her life goes to live with Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, she wants nothing more than to stay in Green Gables for good. At first, Marilla is objective and doesn’t want Anne to stay, but soon Anne’s spirit gets to her. Anne gets into problems all the time, and has a vivid imagination. My favorite part is when Anne is acting out a scene from a book and is floating out in a pond in a leaky boat! And this book is NOT boring. (Climbing up on a roof for and falling off, smashing a chalkboard over a boy’s head.) I’d say there are two types of classics: The boring ones and the ones that really deserve to be honored. I know where I would put Anne of Green Gables. Read it!

Now and Venn

January 2nd, 2010 by

Even though I certainly have a particular taste for historical fiction, it’s impossible not to read other genres of books. How can you ignore the great selection out in the world?

But what I’ve come to notice is that even when two books seem wildly different from each other, there’s usually something surprising in common. Have you ever noticed any similarities between books that, well, would never be on the library shelf next to each other?

They both have a scary female villain with a secret agenda.

...a secret agenda, and wolf-like henchmen (or henchman-like wolves) at her beck and call.

Horse Crazy and The Two Towers both have horses.

Naturally, Aragorn would become club secretary.

Island of the Blue Dolphins and Anne of Green Gables both take place on an island.

Anne was pretty feisty, but wasn't capture-an-octopus-with-bare-hands-feisty.

Okay, I’m sure these books actually have a lot more in common, but if I listed all those things out, I wouldn’t get to make these super fun Venn diagrams!

Submit your book Venn diagram in the comments, and I’ll draw it for you (I know, drawing two circles that overlap is soooooo difficult.)

— Nancy