The series was first recommended to me by either a librarian as part of the summer reading program or by a teacher at school during the reading portion of my middle school years. And I’ve got to be honest that the first time I tried to read the book, I couldn’t get past the feeling that the opening paragraph was just a run-on sentence. Frustrated, I threw the novel aside and didn’t think anything more about it until….
(If you’re a certain age, you probably know where this is headed)
….the PBS miniseries.
I watched the miniseries (or bits of it) with my parents and decided that maybe I should give the novel another chance. So, we headed back to the library and I checked it out again. I made it past the opening paragraph and this time, something stuck. I found myself quickly reading the novel and then looking for its sequel.
I’ll admit I didn’t read the entire series (I’m not sure I ever have). I got to book three and began to lose interest in the adventures of an older Anne. But there’s something about her in the first two books that I really liked and I enjoyed reading. I wonder if I might not try the series again as an adult and see if I have any more patience with the later novels.
I think I’ve seen Megan Follows in guest roles on other TV shows from time to time and I find it difficult not to associate her with Anne Shirley and the pigtails she wore.