By Danielle Gorman
If you’re anything like me, then you watch a LOT of Netflix; after-all, our generation invented the whole concept of binge-watching. And while you’ve been spending your hours watching and rewatching Orange Is the New Black episodes, I have an alternative for you.
My alternative has something to do with Megan Follows. If you’re younger than twenty, you might only recognize her from the hit T.V. show Reign. She plays the mostly hated, sometimes redeemed, Queen Catherine de’ Medici. However, if you’re lucky, you might’ve grown up watching a well-beloved, much-loved series of movies based on the popular Anne of Green Gables.
Want to know a secret? Netflix is making a reboot.
That’s right, you heard me. Anne of Green Gables is coming to Netflix next year!
Originally filmed in Canada, where the story takes place, this addition to Netflix (which is being filmed in Ontario) is one I’m actually looking forward to, and I have two reasons for that: Anne and Gilbert.
Anne is the epitome of the sensitive, imaginative, and passionate child. She is moved by things as simple as flowers blossoming amongst weeds and as complex as the poetic verses of Tennyson. She is as dramatic as they come, which leads to the hilarious scene where her boat sinks and she has no choice but to let Gilbert heroically save her.
Excuse me while I sigh—Gil does that to me. And that’s why Gil’s irritating charm is one of the reasons I love this story.
I feel I need to make a confession though. I didn’t see the original movies until I was in my twenties (you may feel free to gasp in disbelief). I never had a chance to see them in my childhood, but someone mentioned them to me two years ago and I decided to rent them and see what all the fuss was about.
At first, I found Anne to be high-maintenance. I pitied Matthew and Marilla. Anne seemed like a handful! She was reasonably optimistic, for a recent orphan, but the melodrama was a bit much for me. However, as the films went on I began to relate to Anne’s sense of the Romantic and literature. Her independence and passion also inspired me. Yes, she could be impetuous. But she made up for her short-coming is beautiful ways: her kindness, her loyalty to friends like Diana, her belief in all that is good and moral.
The absolute delight I experienced by watching the films led me to the books. I read the first one and was enchanted by the characterization which shows people at home in Avonlea and also bursting to try new things.
My hope is that the reboot accurately follows the characters; I’m less concerned about plot points being covered. I just want the characters to be authentic and realistic and not too modernized. Regardless, I’m sure the new cast and crew will do an exceptional job bringing these much-loved characters to life.
But as LeVar Burton would say: Don’t take my word for it! Grab a copy of the book, or watch it on Netflix to see for yourself that Anne of Green Gables is a story worth knowing.