24 August 2018 | Uncategorised

‘Anne with an e’ – Netflix series

When I was ten, Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery (published in 1908) introduced me to the depths of despair, the idea of kindred spirits and most importantly, that a good imagination could be your greatest strength.

Miss 11 and I have just finished watching season 2 of Anne with an e on Netflix. Season three will be out next year.

This show is NOT for Anne of Green Gable purists. The Netflix version includes threads about progressive education for girls, sexual preferences for adults and children, puberty and racial discrimination. Who knew Avonlea could contain so much? Some of the new themes just do not work but some of them have brought this classic story to a modern audience.

This article is scathing about the perils of re-doing a well-loved classic. I do agree with the idea that Anne’s imagination flourished against the quiet backdrop of her ordinary life – bringing so much into her daily life diminishes the need for ‘scope for the imagination’.

The characters of Anne, Marilla and Matthew are well-cast – Anne looks just like she is described by L. M. Montgomery. Marilla is her usual sharp-tongued, brusque yet kindly self and Matthew is his introverted, gentle self – albeit with a dead brother and tragic love affair in the Netflix version.

Most main characters follow a narrative arc – we see how they have changed over the course of the book, usually because they have risen to face conflict. In Anne of Green Gables, Anne stays true to herself and doesn’t change but she changes the characters around her – Marilla softens, Mrs Lynde becomes less judgemental, Matthew takes more risks, Diana becomes more creative – all because of their love of Anne. These changes, although slight, highlight Anne’s influence.

I have tried unsuccessfully to encourage Miss 11 to read Anne of Green Gables but my bookworm of a daughter could not get past the long-winded descriptive first chapter. So we broke our family rule of reading the book before seeing the movie.

Many years ago, my husband and I were watching television on a Saturday night and flicking the channels between the footy ad breaks. We saw that the 1985 version of Anne of Green Gables was on, and watched a little. He saw five minutes and exclaimed, ‘This explains everything. I should have watched this movie before I married you!’

Enough said.


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Very funny Karen. Can picture him saying that! I had a little chuckle and Ged asked what I was laughing at! !

August 24, 2018 at 7:57 am

Terri Dixon

I LOVED Anne of Green Gables as a young person and really enjoyed the series made previously which was visually stunning. Not sure if I could cope with Netflix version if it isn’t as true to the book.


August 24, 2018 at 2:18 pm


I’m with Terri on this. I grew up loving the books then watched the series on video with my daughter many times. I gave up on the Netflix series…thought the Anne character was badly portrayed and very over the top. Stopped watching it early on.

August 28, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Karen Comer

    I’m glad to know there is another mother/daughter pair watching Anne of Green Gables, Shirley! I’m planning to introduce Miss 11 to the Megan Follows version that I watched as a kid.

    August 29, 2018 at 5:16 pm

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