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May 13·edited May 13Liked by Adrian Gaty

I would note that the recommendation above is for the excellent 1985 version, not the more recent but wretched and semi-woke "Anne with an E."

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What a wonderful Mother's Day post! The Anne of Green Gables series is the reason I now live in Canada. I had seen the series as a young teen in Switzerland, falling absolutely in love with the story and the place. I went on to read the books and developed a deep desire to live on Prince Edward Island. I did manage to convince my parents to let me go on an exchange student year in Ontario (very far away from PEI) and decided to make Canada my home (have now been here for over 28 years although I visit Switzerland together with my family every year).

Interestingly the series was mostly filmed in the Toronto area. My most amazing surprise was when I looked out the large nursery window of a church we were thinking about joining: I gaped in disbelief when I saw the bridge where Anne had held onto the pillar, soaked and embarrassed, and where Gilbert had proposed to her! The bridge is right next to a Bible translation mission, which hosted annual tea parties by the little bridge in honour of Anne.

I discovered the location of Anne's home when stuck in an unlikely traffic jam on a country road near the Toronto zoo. One look at the house and I knew it was the Green Gabels house. A quick google search at home confirmed it. I ended up contacting the current owner of the house (which was now a simple rental home) who used the location for a horse therapy practice. Our homeschool group nearly ended up using the property for nature study meetings.

I never would have imagined that I would indeed end up living just short drives away from many of the filming locations that were at the heart of the series, which still remains my favourite as well.

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My favorite adaptation of a book to a movie is Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" as "The Muppets Christmas Carol" starring Michael Caine. As silly as it may be to have muppets in the movie, I think they captured a lot more joy than, say, the Patrick Stewart adaptation, which was incredibly faithful to the book.

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I'm not afraid to admit that I enjoyed the Anne of Green Gables series, watching with my older sisters growing up. ;)

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This is from 2020 of Megan Follows reading a bit of "Anne of Green Gables". She's still Anne, somehow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vsJ-o70i1E

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