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Anne of Green Gables

Updated on March 19, 2011
Anne of Green Gables was turned into a popular movie series starring Megan Follows.
Anne of Green Gables was turned into a popular movie series starring Megan Follows.

Anne of Green Gables: The Books

If you're looking for a set of wholesome and entertaining books for your daughters, one great option that has captured the hearts of many readers for years is Anne of Green Gables . It was originally pubished in 1908 by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. It details the story of Anne Shirley, a young orphan that is adopted by an elderly brother and sister in Prince Edward Island. Anne is a voracious reader with a huge imagination and a definite tendency to get into scrapes and messes.

Anne of Green Gables was such a hit with readers that Montgomery developed it into a series of books that followed Anne through university, her career, marriage, and then the adventures of her own children.

Year Published
Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Avonlea
Anne of the Island
Anne of Windy Poplars
Anne's House of Dreams
Anne of Ingleside
Rainbow Valley
Rilla of Ingleside

The Anne series provides a great look at rural turn-of-the-century Canada, and while it is targeted towards younger readers, it is also entertaining enough for older readers. Many fans of Montgomery's work (who call themselves "Kindred Spirits") have been known to read and re-read these books over and over again.

Most fans have a favored book in the series, and my personal choice is Anne of the Island, which follows Anne during her university career and introduces several new characters into the series, including a handsome new suitor, a rambunctious feline, and new roommates that keep college life busy.

WWI and WWII both had an effect on Montgomery's writing, and the tone of the later books in the series, particularly Rilla of Ingleside , turned more serious. Rilla of Ingleside is specifically about one of Anne's daughters during the WWI timeframe, and details her relationships with her brothers and beaus who were going off to war, as well as the experiences of the women back home who were supporting them from afar.

Anne of Green Gables: The Movies

In the 1980's Anne of Green Gables was produced by Kevin Sullivan as a television mini-series starring Megan Follows that followed most of the subject matter of the first book fairly closely.

Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel and Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story were then produced as sequels more loosely based on Anne of Avonlea , Anne of the Island , and Anne of Windy Poplars. They were broken into one hour blocks to air on the Disney channel, and the movies are now available on DVD for home viewing.

The movies were produced to be faithful to the time period and as a result, they have aged very well and are still a favorite among new viewers today. Most Anne of Green Gables fans consider Megan Follows to be the iconic Anne Shirley.

In 2008 a new movie was made called Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning , and it serves as a prequel to the previous Anne of Green Gables movies. It is not based directly on the books themselves, but it is a good imagining of the events that may have happened in Anne's life before Green Gables.

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      collegatariat 6 years ago

      These books were my favorites! I pulled them out just tonight, and got lost in all the innocent charm and humor. As for the movies, I saw them so many time I could quote them, but somehow they never get old.

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      kallini2010 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Stacy, I couldn't agree more! So, I am off to -- "Dear diary, what is wrong with me?" Or something like that. LOL

      All the best and looking forward to reading your work!

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      kallini2010 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      @Edlira: I wrote my comment before yours appeared. So, when I pressed the button, I realized that it would be (or could be) taken the wrong way. I was laughing AT MYSELF.

      That is who I am, I have a quick wit and I am a bit sarcastic (questionable quality), but I am glad you are not offended. Those are just words - I love them and I tend to analyze more than others, but I had the privilege of being taught this way. A lot of people say, "Oh, you are so intelligent!", it is true, but only TO A POINT. My education, my background, mentors, people I met - it all contributed to my development.

      I do believe that I am quite average as far as capabilities go, so I do believe that given the effort most people can be where I am now (not professionally though, because, professionally, I am nowhere). That is why I wonder why people don't make an effort. Oh, well...

      But this comment, has NOTHING to do with you, Edlira. It was a mere coincidence. I was editing myself.

      By the way, English is my second foreign language. I think in English the expression goes "A good beginning is half the battle".

      I edit myself constantly. For redundancies, as well. My favourite - "absurdly ridiculous or ridiculously absurd?" My life, that is.

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      Edlira 7 years ago

      @kallini: Dear Kallini. Glad my comment made you laugh :). I am not ..go ahead. Maybe I chose the wrong word (I often do...being English not my native language). What I meant is, "In my opinion" they are beautiful books that deserve to be read.

      Stacy, in Albania we say: A good beginning is half of the work done :). You will do great in here. My best!

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      Stacy Lynne 7 years ago

      Kallini, I really think the best way to become a good writer is to read, read, read, write, write, write, and continually try to improve. I'm certainly not the best writer out there (sometimes I have a hard time writing at all), but I've always loved reading books (and now blogs). When you immerse yourself in good writing, some of it is bound to rub off sooner or later. ;)

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      Stacy Lynne 7 years ago

      Thank you Edlira! I had a bit of a crush on Gilbert as well... they cast him so perfectly for the movies! :)

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      kallini2010 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I almost asked you, whether you were a Canadian, then it occurred to me to check your profile (at least!), so I did and there is no wonder your first hub looked so professional!

      I personally like ... LOL How can I like it otherwise? Impersonally?

      Moving on, I like when people answer questions given some thought and effort and the best answers are hubs, but it does not happen here too often. Most of the time, it is ridiculous exchange of meaningless words. "What book have you read more than once?" "Yes, I have read books more than once." Great. I doubt the person really reads if he cannot come up with at least one title. Nobody is checking whether you read the book mentioned or not. What is your favourite colour? Yes, I like colours. I am not kidding!

      I don't think we have to be professional writers to write well, because these two skills were taught in school regardless of our professions (future professions!) - to read and write! And think and speak. Why most people are so bad at it? Because they don't think it matters, but I believe otherwise. To be a good writer (professional or otherwise), you have to read and reread and write and practice all your life.

      Really, it was a pleasure to see a slightly different approach than the usual!

      Thank you,

      P.S. When I submitted my comment, I read the one above and there is was... "Personally". I did not make fun of the other hubber, I was laughing at myself!

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      Edlira 7 years ago

      Very good hub and great choice of books and reccomendation. Personally love them. And a secret, as a teen, I had a crush on Gilbert (the actor playing along Megan) Good luck here in the hubpages.

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      Stacy Lynne 7 years ago

      Aw, thank you kallini! I had a lot of fun putting it together! :D

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      kallini2010 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I have heard about this book/books so many times, but I never got around to reading it. I always think, maybe later, some day... When I will be a grandmother, LOL. What a lovely hub, especially given it is your first! Good job!