Anne with an “E” is a Netflix adaption of the classic, Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery.
I loved this book when I was younger – the best parts about it were Anne (who is so wonderfully creative and fanciful), her friendship with Diana, and the lightheartedness of the story, even though it had a darker background.
Since I love this series so much, I decided to watch this show…I will tell you up front, while I liked it (for the most part) it’s definitely a hit-or-miss adaption.
So if you’re up for hearing my thoughts on it, read on.
This show was wonderfully casted. There were some characters who looked exactly like I pictured them, and some who didn’t quite fit what was in my mind, but acted exactly like the character would. (Which, TBH, is the important part)
Diana, Rachel, Marilla – all of these characters were spot-on!
I liked Anne’s personality, because it reminded me a lot of the book, but she didn’t look quite like I pictured her. I found that it didn’t really bother me much after the first episode, though.
I liked the addition of more of the side characters, not just Josie Pye, but Ruby Gillis, Tillie and more. We even had some characters that we’ve never seen before, who I actually enjoyed.
I loved that they stuck to the Canadian roots of the story. All of the actors are Canadian, and that’s also where it’s filmed. There was much more of that in the show than in the book, I think.
That, or I was just too young to notice it when I read it.
As for the ‘classic‘ scenes of the book – Anne getting Diana drunk, Anne almost getting sent away, Anne going to school, etc. – all of those were there. Sometimes placed in a different order than when they happened in the book, or done slightly different, but still there.
(Although, there wasn’t a part where she dyed her hair black. I hope that’s included in the next season; it’s one of my favorite scenes!)
There’s also some new moments that felt like they belonged in the original story, but fit with the new character arc. I appreciated how seamlessly they fit those in, though I know quite a few people didn’t like that.
This is definitely a darker version of Anne of Green Gables. Made for an older audience, and more focused on the dark side of Anne’s backstory.
You notice more contempt from the people in Anne’s school, and the town. And it’s made very clear that she is an outsider. So that helped with the darker theme of the show.
There are some happy moments and scenes too – most of which sprung straight out of the book.
All-in-all, I really liked this adaption. Not entirely like the original, but still including some of my favorite parts. In all honesty, I’m looking forward to a season two!
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This is a show I want to talk about! So if you’ve seen it, let’s have a discussion! Did you like it?