Anne of Green Gables Week -- Beginning Post

Monday, March 12, 2012

Yet Another Period Drama Blog

I am participating in Anne of Green Gables week, hosted by Yet Another Period Drama Blog, because I love Anne (and all else L.M. Montgomery). She posted this lovely little survey, and I couldn't help but respond (I mean, better than doing homework on spring break, right?). 

1. How many of the Anne books have you read, and how many of the films have you seen?

I have read all of the books, many many times. I used to read them every summer. I have also read the Chronicles of Avonlea and Further Chronicles of Avonlea books. In fact, I've read every L.M. Montgomery novel, and quite a few of her short stories. So, I'm slightly obsessed.

I've seen the first two Anne of Green Gables films, but not the third.

2. If someone yanked your hair and called you carrots, what would you do to him?

I'd probably just ignore them, or splash water in their face or something. I wish I had red hair, so I don't think I would be too offended. 

3. What would you do if Josie Pye dared you to walk the ridgepole of a roof?

I wouldn't do it -- I'm very into safety and following rules. 

4. If you had the opportunity to play any AGG (I'm abbreviating from now on because I am a lazy typist) character in an AGG play, which role would you choose?

While I'm not the same as Anne, I think I would enjoy playing her.

5. If you were marooned on a desert island, which AGG character would you want to have as a companion? (Anne, Gilbert and Diana are not options.  Let's keep this thing interesting.  Not that they're not interesting.... oh, yay, now the disclaimer to this question is longer than the question itself.  Lovely lovely lovely.)

Now that is a tough question. I love Rachel Lynde, but I think spending too much time with her on a desert island would get trying. Same with Philippa. Matthew would be the most comfortable, I would say. 

6. If there was going to be a new adaptation of the Anne books and you could have any part in making the movie, what would you choose to do? (screenwriting, acting, casting, costume-making are a few possibilities)

Hmm, I'm not really good at any of those things. Acting would be fun, although I'm not much of an actress. We could pretend that I was.

7. What are, in your opinion, the funniest AGG book/movie scenes? (choose one from the books and one from the movies)

Hmm, I can't think of anything specifically, but I think many of Anne's teaching moments and moments with Davy were pretty funny. I haven't seen the movies in a long time, so I will skip that one.

8. What are, in your opinion, the saddest AGG book/movie scenes? (choose one of each again) 

Definitely when Matthew died. In both. 

9. Which AGG character would you most like to spend an afternoon with? (again, Anne and Gilbert and Diana are not options for this one--think secondary characters)

I think it would be fun to spend just an afternoon with Philippa and/or Mrs. Lynde. 

10.  What is your definition of a kindred spirit?
    Someone who doesn't look at you like you're crazy for obsessing about whatever it is you obsess over. Also, someone you can talk to about anything. 


    1. Yay! I love AGG and this was such fun to read through.

      1. I'm glad you enjoyed it! AGG is one of my favorite books of all time, so I just couldn't resist. :)

    2. I love Anne Of Green Gables! I never got to finish the series when I was younger (only finished up to book 5), but I'm planning on doing that within the next 5 years. I am reading The Blue Castle for my Classics Reading Challenge this year. I should read all the Emily books next year (only read the first).

      I have to say I agree with you on the kindred spirit thing: someone you can talk to about anything. I add to it a person that you don't talk to much (because you live far away or have busy lives) but when you meet up again you can pick up where you left off like time hasn't even gone by.

      This is such a fun post, I love seeing other people show their love for this series. Thanks for sharing!

      1. I'm glad you are reading the rest! Books 6-8 are more about Anne's children, but they are plenty of fun. The Blue Castle is one of my favorite books as well, and the Emily books too.

        I agree with what you say about being able to pick up where you left off. Time doesn't affect kindred spirits!

    3. I like your definition of a kindred spirit-- I can't believe I forgot about the whole "doesn't think you're crazy for obsessing about whatever you obsess over" when I answered that question, because that is definitely at the top of my list!
      Thanks for participating!

      1. Thanks for hosting the event! I am about to write another post, and I am looking forward to it.

    4. I'm so glad you posted about this! I ADORE anything by L.M. Montgomery, but Anne will always top the list. I immediately had to go check out Yet Another Period Drama Blog because I love finding other Anne lovers.

      I loved your response: "I wouldn't do it - I'm very into safety and following rules." Same here! I'd be the person trying to tell Anne why she should absolutely NOT walk on the roof.

      1. Maybe we are more like Hermione Granger than Anne... haha.

        Another Period Drama's blog has been a lot of fun this week! I'm really enjoying all of her posts about Anne.

      2. When I watched the Harry Potter movies with my husband (he hasn't read them), he said, "Wow... Have you ever noticed that you're a lot like Hermione?" So I think you're probably right in that assessment haha!

      3. Haha that is awesome! And the best compliment ever!

    5. I love the scene (in the book and the movie) when she's acting out the Lady of Shalott and the boat sinks. It's hysterical. I love love love that poem because of that scene.

      Also, I'm a big fan of Phil and Priscilla and Stella when they live in Patty's Place. I would love to be able to live in that house with all those girls. I'd also love to meet Miss Lavendar and Paul. And her son Walter. Shoot, so many.

      1. Me too! And "fishing for lake trout."

        The whole Patty's place section is one of my favorite parts! I think right now my favorite book is Anne's House of Dreams, though -- I love Captain Jim!

      2. Captain Jim is so great. But I think Anne of the Island will always be my favorite. At least, it has been for as long as I can remember.

        Strangest thing, though--I bought a used copy of Rilla of Ingleside for a dollar or something back in November and then read almost the whole thing on a flight from Utah to Boston. And I basically cried through the entire book. I don't know if it was just me being emotional anyway, but it all made me kind of sad with the war. Especially when Walter dies. And when Dog Monday won't leave the train station waiting for Jem.

      3. That is one I haven't reread in a long time, but lately I have been wanting to learn more about WWI (it seems there are so many more WWII than WWI books, plus Downton Abbey is my current obsession) so I kind of want to reread it. I think my favorite part about Rilla of Ingleside is the "baby in the soup tureen." So cute. And Walter (and Una) just break my heart.


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