Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Kindred Spirit in the News

I read today that the Duchess of Cambridge, as an Anne of Green Gables fan, has requested that she and her new husband visit Prince Edward Island on their upcoming tour of Canada. For those of you that are NOT Anne (emphasis on the "-e") Shirley fans, you have not only missed out in life but also have now failed to realize the significance of this visit is that the Duchess of Cambridge has gained the new title of "kindred spirit" to all Anne fans around the world. The books, as is the case in most instances, are better than the movie version but the movies are enjoyable as well because what is lost in the storytelling is made up for in the display of the beautiful Canadian landscapes (also, the image of Anne breaking the slate over Gilbert's head and dying her hair green translates well to the screen). Readers, let this recent reintroduction of Miss Montgomery's novels in the headlines be an inspiration to read these books and become bosom buddies with Miss Shirley, Diana, Gilbert Blythe and the Cuthberts. You will never (well hardly ever) make fun of Canadians again. Nor will you dare to name your future children Ann without the "-e".

the first of the Green Gables series

Megan Follows as Anne Shirley

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