“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”
There are not enough words in the English language for me to begin to describe my huge obsession with these books from when I was 9 to 12 (read more about that here).
Don’t get me wrong, I still love them! But, I’ve opened my mind and heart to other books out there. More modern books. But Anne of Green Gables will always have a special place in my heart. Always.
“There’s such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I’m such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half so interesting.”
And I’m not just talking about the first book. No, no, no. I’m talking about the entire series. Which is just so, so… BEAUTIFUL. Guys, if you haven’t heard of these yet, I am asking you this with complete seriousness: what rock have you been living under?
If you have heard of them but not read them… well, now you know that a trip to the book store or kindle store or library, is in urgent order. And get the whole series while you’re at it 😉
~ characters ~
Anne is such a beautiful character. Simply because, she has an abundance of flaws, which makes her so relatable. She is always having “scrapes” which makes things entertaining and all the more lovable.
Her constant talking is something I as a tween (when I first read it) could understand, since I was a very talkative young girl (not as much now).
“People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?”
Also, her eagerness at making friends is somewhat queer, spoiler>how she jumps at being Diana’s bosom friend< but it just makes her all the more loveable at her sincerity and straight-forwardness.
And honestly? She was one of my best friends as a tween. Watching her grow up through the series is the most delightful and precious thing ever. I’ve lost count as to how many times I’ve read the series.
It really is the most loveliest thing seeing Anne develop throughout her life, through the books, and follow every step of the journey.
“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”
Diana is also a special character in the series. She lacks Anne’s vivid imagination, and is much more sensible and mature compared to her. Diana is a good character, but is not half as much interesting as Anne.
I do like her, but of course, Anne is a million times more precious.
Marilla is a also a great character. It’s a little difficult to understand her at first, but don’t worry, you’ll get there 😉 Spoiler>it is so lovely watching Marilla transform from a stern lady to openly loving Anne<
Matthew is… there are no words to describe how delightful a character he is! He is shy and sweet and him and Anne get along right from the start.
Ms. Rachel Lynde, is definitely one of the most entertaining characters in this book, spoiler>the entire series!<
And throughout the series, you get to meet more amazing characters along the way! Yay! *throws confetti* 😀
~ writing ~
This is L. M. Montgomery we’re talking about, here!
“It was November–the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. Anne roamed through the pineland alleys in the park and, as she said, let that great sweeping wind blow the fogs out of her soul.”
I know lots of people who have read the books, love the books, and have said that they skipped all the descriptions. To be honest, I wasn’t terribly impressed.
The descriptions are what weave the golden stories and characters together into the beautiful masterpiece they are now. They’re important, and I love them to pieces.
However, a small (very small) part of me does understand if you don’t enjoy reading descriptions. I mean, we all have our own personal preferences, after all.
~ the plot ~
I will tell you, that there aren’t any aliens from Mars, cyborgs, gun-fights or super-complicated stuff going on in this book. But there are enchanting characters, hilarious moments, memorable moments, relatable moments, and so much more.
I don’t want to even try and describe what happens in the books, because I can hardly put it in a way that will give it any justice… at all. You simply have to read it to find out.
I love watching Anne grow and thrive throughout the books. I understand if sometimes these sort of books aren’t for some people, but if it is… what are you waiting for???
Anne of Green Gables is a timeless classic.
Other than Anne, who is your favourite character? How many times have you read the book?
If you haven’t read this book yet and it sounds like something that you may like, go right ahead, and let me know what you think of it once you’ve read it 🙂