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Has anyone watched this on Netflix yet?? I just started and love it so far. It will probably be my escape this mothers day weekend (horrid mother situation). The books are some of my favorites, I'm on my second set since the original sale I was given as a child was loved very hard and now sits in my memory box. The show is a Netflix original and seems very well done so far.

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I'm kinda afraid to watch it. I love the books so, so much that I am afraid of the adaptation (and it doesn't help that I went looking for reviews after hearing a positive one on Fresh Air today!)

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I only got a few minutes into it and turned it off. No thank you. Anne sounded snotty and angry rather than just precocious, and the violence that was shown and implied wasn't okay with me. I'm sensitive. 

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Isn't there a thread about this where someone said that the innocence was not there... too much s*xual content for young viewers? I'll see if I can find the thread.

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Watching right now, because I can't sleep. I like it so far. 

 

ETA: Definitely some disturbing content. Not for children. 

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I've read reviews and refuse to watch it.  The book was perfect.  Leave it the way it was!  I don't think it's right to be able to take someone else's writing and twist and turn it that way.  Write your own book then and leave Anne alone.

 

Stepping off the soapbox now.

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I've read reviews and refuse to watch it.  The book was perfect.  Leave it the way it was!  I don't think it's right to be able to take someone else's writing and twist and turn it that way.  Write your own book then and leave Anne alone.

 

Stepping off the soapbox now.

 

I feel the same way about so many adaptations.  BBC ruined Miss Marple with that adaptation they did about 10yrs ago with Geradiine McEwan.  And don't get me started on the new Sherlock.  Yeah, they're okay, but they're not Sherlock.  Please call them something else.  

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Upthread, when none of us had seen it and there weren't many reviews out, I said I thought there was some room for exploration into the references (in the book) to the seamier side of Anne's existence prior to her arrival at Green Gables.

 

Now that I've read this review from Vanity Fair, I won't be watching. Not so much because of the bleakness (although Anne was meant to possess almost supernatural hope), but because of the changing of the storylines too much. I won't go into it, because of spoilers, but it's all in this link:

 

http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/05/anne-of-green-gables-netflix-review-anne-with-an-e-bleak-sad-wrong

 

 

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I watched the first episode after swearing I wasn't going to watch and was surprised how much I liked it. I don't care for some of the storyline changes and attempts to flesh out what the books only implied, but I think they got the characters right. I still love this Anne.

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I've read reviews and refuse to watch it.  The book was perfect.  Leave it the way it was!  I don't think it's right to be able to take someone else's writing and twist and turn it that way.  Write your own book then and leave Anne alone.

 

Stepping off the soapbox now.

 

 

if they wrote their own - they'd have to get their own audience.  by using characters which are known and beloved - they have a ready audience.

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Upthread, when none of us had seen it and there weren't many reviews out, I said I thought there was some room for exploration into the references (in the book) to the seamier side of Anne's existence prior to her arrival at Green Gables.

 

Now that I've read this review from Vanity Fair, I won't be watching. Not so much because of the bleakness (although Anne was meant to possess almost supernatural hope), but because of the changing of the storylines too much. I won't go into it, because of spoilers, but it's all in this link:

 

http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/05/anne-of-green-gables-netflix-review-anne-with-an-e-bleak-sad-wrong

 

That was a helpful article.  I appreciated this quote:

 

 

 

 She retains some of Anne’s eccentricities—a fierce imagination and intricate fantasy life, as well as a fondness for high-flown language—but those tics, in this context, come off as mildly deranged. This is an Anne with PTSD.  

 

Couldn't help chuckling with that last bit though.

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I am not impressed. I was open minded about some of the changes that people took issue with in the first thread but it's too many changes not just to the events but the characters' very essence.

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That was a helpful article. I appreciated this quote:

 

 

Couldn't help chuckling with that last bit though.

Why?

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That was a helpful article. I appreciated this quote:

 

 

Couldn't help chuckling with that last bit though.

Why? It's pretty accurate based on the flashbacks of her being whipped and viciously bullied.

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I watched it as it was available on CBC. I liked it. At first I didn't recommend it to my mom thinking she would find it to sad. But, since then I have told her to watch it, and just to bring Kleenex for the first episode.

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Ewww - just read the VF article. Not the story in the least. The bit about Matthew? Ridiculous!!! I don't understand why they wouldn't just call this something else and change the names? It's not Anne of Green Gables at all. Call it That Orphan Girl (who's name is Emily) and then you can do whatever you want with the storyline without people getting mad.

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Yeah, I didn't laugh at Anne with PTSD. She should have had it.

 

Word Nerd, I was prepared to love this Anne, too...Megan F. was amazing, and so far nothing replaces (or even comes close to) the Sullivan films, but she was not quite the Anne of the book, to me. Not tall, or homely, or slightly bewitching upon a second glance.

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It is disappointing, as it's very well produced with gorgeous scenery and I do like who they cast as Anne. I definitely don't want to see Anne Shirley meets A Series of Unfortunate Events—even after she arrives at Green Gables.

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Mrs. Harmon Andrews as a progressive mother inviting Marilla to a feminist mother's group? I'm smiling at the absurdity. And Anne predates the origins of the word "feminist".

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It's really too bad because parts of this adaptation are really good.

 

Marilla and Anne are brilliantly cast. The production value is high and parts of it are far more realistic than the Kevin Sullivan miniseries.

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I was hesitant to watch it because I didn't want to see them mess up the Anne I grew up knowing and loving.  But I am enjoying is so far.  I like the spin on Anne's past. 

 

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I'm watching it with fresh eyes. Sadly, I was deprived of Anne as a child and don't have the attachment many of you possess. I finished the first book last year and have been working my way through. So far I like it, but I'm only one episode in. It seems to be representive of what orphans went through. It's a hard knock life for Anne with an E.

 

This site is both depressing and fascinating. It is the notes of an orphan asylum in New Orleans from 1852-1893. 1880 is particularly depressing.

http://nutrias.org/inv/orphanstranscriptions.htm

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I liked the flash back Marilla has in recalling her youth and romance with Gilbert's father.

 

I am binge watching them all today.

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I plan on watching it.

 

I stopped trusting boards for reviews when tons of people said how much they hated  the Fantastic Mr Fox movie, it was a long time before I finally watched it and I *LOVED* it. :lol:

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There was a stage play of Anne with a randomly made up mortgaged farm story that the last episode is reminding me of. I don't like this departure from the books.

 

I have to suspend all disbelief to buy that a woman like Marilla would send 13 year old Anne in the company of the hired boy to auction and pawn all her worldly possessions.

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I really like the casting. I could do without some of the flashback scenes, but it's very well done overall.

 

I'm scared to read the VF article.  :001_unsure:

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Ok, suicidal Matthew is just too much. It's just too big of a change from the books to make sense or add any value to the dramatization.

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Watching the series right now and, um, it bears no resemblance to the Anne of Green Gables I know and love! This is...dark...and very little of the dialogue matches up. Poor Anne seems more pitiful instead of the amusing/sympathy-inducing character of the books. Such a shame because my oldest loves Anne but she definitely will not relate to this version at all.

 

It is well done and I think if this were a totally different setting and not trying to piggyback off of Anne of Green Gables I'd like it for myself, though I'd never let the kids watch it either way.

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The cliff hanger ending is very cable TV.

 

I liked parts of it, but on the whole it's just too much. I don't mind "grittier" but the changes I have the biggest issue with come off more as cheap than gritty.

 

The parts that people were the most concerned about on the last thread- namely Anne's knowledge of the birds and the bees were nothing compared to the added "plot twists".

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I feel they could have adapted it in a way truer to the period and more realistic about being an orphan in the 1880s without adding in the "surprising plot twists".

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Everybody caught up on the Vanity Fair spoilers? If not, close your eyes and scroll....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I've been thinking all day about their killing off John Blythe just so Anne and Gilbert could have something in common (being orphans). Oh, wait. Where was Mrs. Blythe, then? Anyway. Robbing Anne and Gilbert of their cerebral attraction is unforgivable. Gilbert: "A cute girl is a cute girl." WHAT.

 

Step away from the story, Mrs. Breaking Bad. You are not qualified to handle it.

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I'm mid-episode 3. The "pet mouse" thing is even worse than shown in the clip.

 

Episode two was just obnoxious. I'll avoid spoilers but it was completely out of character for Marilla.

 

I despise the opening credit song. Despise isn't a strong enough word. Loathe?

 

But I do love casting for Anne, Marilla and Matthew so far.

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I'm mid-episode 3. The "pet mouse" thing is even worse than shown in the clip.

 

Episode two was just obnoxious. I'll avoid spoilers but it was completely out of character for Marilla.

 

I despise the opening credit song. Despise isn't a strong enough word. Loathe?

 

But I do love casting for Anne, Marilla and Matthew so far.

The pet mouse thing is wholly inconsequential compared to the mess that is episodes 5-7. Edited by LucyStoner
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Ok, suicidal Matthew is just too much. It's just too big of a change from the books to make sense or add any value to the dramatization.

They have completely betrayed LM Montgomery.

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Here is a review from The New Yorker.  I tend to agree.

 

And I think she gets at what bothered me about even the initial episode.  It's not that it was offensive or grown up, but it seemed like the writer just didn't get the book and lacked any subtlty.

 

 

most of what comes out of hollywood lacks subtlety

one reason UK comedies are usually better.

 

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I'm only on the first episode (keep getting interrupted!), but so far it's interesting. Certainly Anne would have experienced traumatic things in her past at the asylum and prior homes. The books present a wholly romanticized version of an orphan child in that day and time. I love the books and the other miniseries, but that miniseries also further "prettied up" the books down to Anne not being homely. I don't think this Anne qualifies as homely either, but she is more of an interestingly awkward 13 year old.

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I'm only on the first episode (keep getting interrupted!), but so far it's interesting. Certainly Anne would have experienced traumatic things in her past at the asylum and prior homes. The books present a wholly romanticized version of an orphan child in that day and time. I love the books and the other miniseries, but that miniseries also further "prettied up" the books down to Anne not being homely. I don't think this Anne qualifies as homely either, but she is more of an interestingly awkward 13 year old.

 

I always wondered if Anne was really homely, or the adults just thought she must be because she wasn't fashionably attractive.

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I always wondered if Anne was really homely, or the adults just thought she must be because she wasn't fashionably attractive.

THIS -- red hair and freckles would never be considered beautiful during that time frame.  

 

I don't think she was truly homely -- or second glance, her appearance wouldn't change much to the beholder.  

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I always wondered if Anne was really homely, or the adults just thought she must be because she wasn't fashionably attractive.

If she isn't homely, then that's another romanticized aspect... here's an orphan who happens to be brilliant AND stunningly attractive. ;)

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If she isn't homely, then that's another romanticized aspect... here's an orphan who happens to be brilliant AND stunningly attractive. ;)

 

Well, they are romantic novels, in the true sense.  And there is truth in romanticism. I don't think making an adaptation that doesn't respect that they are romantic is really possible, nor desirable.  It's be like a retelling of a gothic horror without any of the trappings of either.  Write another story, because it's a different one.

 

Anne is meant to be an appealing character,  she is really smart and attractive, and kind and creative and sensitive, and a great mother, and she marries a husband who loves her and has a good marriage. 

 

I think it's telling that as she grows up, everyone comes around to her being rather lovely, while Diana becomes dumpy and even a little plain.

 

ETA: Anne is described as a nice looking girl within a year or two of arriving at Green Gables.

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It's sad that the public reaction to Anne's stories about sex mirror Avonlea's.

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It's sad that the public reaction to Anne's stories about sex mirror Avonlea's.

I don't actually object to the stuff they added on that front. I thought adding her getting her period for example was a positive part of the adaptation.

 

A poor money manager and suicidal Matthew though? Ugh. I can't overlook how wrong that is in the context of the story.

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ETA: Anne is described as a nice looking girl within a year or two of arriving at Green Gables.

I don't recall this.

 

Before she starts Queens, so roughly 4 years after she comes to Green Gables she is described as tall and elegant. Rachel Lynde compares her favorably to Ruby Gillis and Diana Berry by likening them to showy colorful flowers and Anne to a June lily. Several times she's described as someone some people find beautiful and others find plain. Her beauty seems to be associated with her personality and depth of intellect and imagination.

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In regards to Matthew I think it's reminiscent of his character, it seemed as if it wasn't that he wanted die but he wanted to see Anne and Marilla taken care of. And as for his "love interest" shes little more than a friend he cared for when they were school children.

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