Everybody’s favorite little red-headed spitfire is back!
Netflix is rebooting L. M. Montgomery’s childhood classic, Anne of Green Gables, and it looks spectacular. They just released the first trailer for the mini-series, and it looks like they’ve made a number of minor changes (like renaming it simply Anne) but have kept a lot of what makes this series so magically endearing.
Here’s what we know so far:
1. Anne is still a badass
“Girls can do anything a boy can do–and more!” YAS, Anne, YAS.
This was one of my favorite parts of the trailer–it proves both that Anne will still be fiercely bold and also that Netflix is prominently incorporating “timeless and topical issues including themes of identity, feminism, bullying and prejudice” (CBC).
2. Anne and Diana are total BFFs
We don’t see a whole lot of Diana in the trailer, just a glimpse of her “eternal friendship” vow with Anne and her confession that imagination isn’t her strong suit. But Diana’s affection for and loyalty to Anne was made even more poignant in the trailer as a result of the contrast between her and the schoolgirls who delight in bullying and ridiculing Anne.
Netflix doesn’t seem to shy away from Anne’s fear and misery as much as Montgomery did in the novel, which is just going to make Anne and Diana’s friendship all the more heartwarming for viewers.
3. Imagination is paramount
In the novel, Anne is incredibly creative and has a very active imagination. She still has a strong imagination in the Netflix adaptation–if anything, it appears that she might take her imagination even further. One of the first things we hear in the trailer is Anne trying to escape the beautiful but isolated reality of her new home by pretending that she is a princess named Cordelia. In the novel, however, readers might remember that though Anne loves the name Cordelia and briefly pretends to be a fine lady, she quickly gives up on imagining herself to be a different person and instead embraces her real new name, Anne of Green Gables.
4. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies
The producers particularly wanted this to be a “very grounded, real version of the story. Life in Prince Edward Island in the late 1800s was a hard, gritty, scrappy life” (CBC). It still showcases Anne’s curiosity and irrepressible love of life, but it appears to embrace the darkness more than the novel ever did.
5. The slate!!
The moment when Anne smashes her slate over Gilbert’s head is iconic: it would have been truly tragic if Netflix had done away with it. Thankfully, it’s still there in all its spunky glory (though it’s more like a smack across the face than actual breakage over Gilbert’s head).
Are you excited for Anne? What parts of the book do you hope they’ll include? Share your thoughts below!
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