Anne of Green Gables Party Tag

Miss Dashwood from Another Period Drama Blog is hosting an Anne of Green Gables week, and a tag was the fun from the first day.

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

I have seen one film adaptation (emphasis on adaptation), one blend of several books and absolute plagiarisms-I am not even joking-from the Little Women novel, and one atrocity bearing the AGG name.

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

Kick him and verbally tear his looks and character to shreds. Then “repent” later of my actions because they were undignified and showed that the guy could get a reaction out of me 😛

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

I don’t know. I am kinda afraid of heights, and I am very unbalanced, so I might crawl across. If I was Anne’s age, I might not even try.

4. If you had the opportunity to play any AGG character in a play who would it be?

Philippa Gordon; she is hysterical.

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)?

Philipa Gordon-just kidding she starve because she would not be able to decide what to eat. Hmm, maybe Walter or Jem Blythe or any of the Merediths except Una (I seriously did not care for her especially when I discovered her love for Walter).

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)?

I would probably do casting, but I would also like directing and costumes.

Did it drive anyone else nuts that Anne’s first puffed sleeved dress is blue (which is horrid for a red-head)? The book stated that the dress was a golden brown which was perfect for Anne. Anne in the movie for the most part did not have good costume colors; in the book she is frequently described as wearing green and yellow and brown which are her correct colors .

I read/heard that the actress who played Diana auditioned for Anne but did not get the part because she was not Canadian. She would have been a much better Anne. Anne is supposed to have delicate features; Megan Follows was coarse-faced and common looking.

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

I enjoyed the mud scene in the second movie (Miss Dashwood also thought the mouse pudding warning scene was funny, but I find that one SO embarrassing).

I cannot think of all the funny parts in the book, but I know some of my favorite are where Philippa is concerned. I enjoy the scene with her after Anne has just refused Gilbert. I also enjoyed the part when Philippa said she did not think Jonas would ask her to marry him, and she was trying to decide whether to pine away and die or be useful, and Anne tells her should could not possibly be useful so she’d better die. I also love the “Will ye hev me,” story.

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

I did not think that most of the sorrowful movie scenes were well-done, so I suppose it was when Matthew and Marilla see Anne off to school? I don’t know.

I know that Rilla of Ingleside was the saddest book, and Walter’s death was the saddest part of the book. L.M. Montgomery wrote this whole part so well; the part about the dog howling all night for Walter was amazing.

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)

Philippa Gordon (to be amused) or Kenneth Ford (to discover what his personality was like) or Walter Blythe (to try to understand him).

10. What is your definition of a kindred spirit?

Someone with whom I can both intelligently discuss all sorts of books and movies (I had a very-not kindred spirit meeting Sunday, and this literature point was one of the enlightening factors) and maybe with whom I can swoon over actors. The person also must be able to see wrong and ridiculous behavior and not be blinded because of any sort of bias; simply put, they must not be easily led or fooled. Besides this I must be able to trust the person entirely. Oh, and they must have some appreciation of beautiful things and old ways.


  • Miss Dashwood

    I have to disagree with your view on the Kevin Sullivan films, because I thought they were absolutely perfect (well, the first two at least) but I really enjoyed reading your answers! Poor Philippa, starving because she couldn't decide what to eat… heehee.
    Oh, I agree, the part about Walter's death in "Rilla" is heartrending. Very, very, well-written.

    Thanks for doing the tag! Sorry I wasn't able to link up with it at the beginning–it's there now!

  • Katie Edwards

    Great post. I do really like the first ADAPTATION, but the book IS Anne of Green Gables, the film/tv is just a VERSION of it, and I find myself reacting against it a bit just because it has eclipsed the books in so many people's minds. Maybe I'm just contrary.

    I'll be answering these questions in a day or two. How can I not?

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