7 Thoughts on Trauma, Orphans, and “Anne with an E”

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  NOTE: Now that "Anne with an E" has dropped here in the US on Netflix, the conversation--and controversy--have ramped up even more. "I don't see why we need a 'gritty' Anne," one fan ranted, while others are loving the more complex, authentic heroine, trauma-induced warts and all. I … [Read more...]

7 (Mostly) Glowing Thoughts About “Anne with an E”

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My friend Troy is a therapist who for years counseled his young clients in foster care to adopt as their role model Anne of Green Gables, once also a foster child. Resilient, tough, joyful--Anne found a place to belong, and maybe, someday, so could they. We tease him about this now, but he thought … [Read more...]

Review of “Anne” Episode 6: “I Want to Be a Heroine in My Own Story”

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Thanks to my friend, novelist and Lucy Maud Montgomery nut Rachel McMillan, I am starting to see this innovative, new "Anne" as a character study, and not a plot driven retelling of AOGG.  I know I have ranted here, and I'm still not thrilled with every change to my beloved story, but I feel … [Read more...]

Review of “Anne,” Episode 5: There Shall Be “Raspberry Cordial”!

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While last week's episode was my least favorite so far, this one is by far my most favorite. I was pining for "iconic" moments, and iconic moments I received!  I mean, if this were an ice cream cone, it would be Triple Scoop Iconic flavour (Canadian spelling). 1. Anne and Gil's Spelldown!  I … [Read more...]

Review of “Anne” Episode 4: Fire-Haired Dreamer

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Last week's Gilbert Blythe meet-n-greet went very well indeed: Not a single person "polled" didn't like the new Gilbert! Lucas Jade Zumann had massive shoes to fill (the late, great Jonathan Crombie, no less, whose "eulogy" crashed my site almost two years ago at the time of his death), so this was … [Read more...]