Fashion Book: Anne of Green Gables
I read all of the Anne of Green Gables books (there are 8 total) when I was younger, reading the first two (Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea) multiple times. I don’t know many girls who didn’t read the books, or at least see the movies (from which the image to the left comes from), but I was definitely a BIG fan. Not only was Anne a great character, but Lucy Maude Montgomery’s writing was just good, especially by the standards of many other children’s fiction. It wasn’t dumbed down or condescending. Anne’s emotions and situations were all given validity–even though she was often incredibly dramatic, the reader feels her pain and knows she’s sincere. That’s part of what makes her so lovable.
Anne Shirley has become a literary icon for women all over the world. She’s imaginative, brave, smart, and knows what she wants. But more than that, she’s absent-minded, a little vain, and more than a little quirky. She struggles with what the “right thing” to do is, and she sometimes acts out of spite. In other words, she’s not perfect. But she’s a damn good heroine for young girls to read about, especially in an age where t-shirts tell girls they’re “too pretty for homework.”
Because Anne was an orphan, she dressed in pretty shabby clothes, but she dreamed big. One of her biggest loves was dresses with puffed sleeves. I think modern Anne would definitely rock the outfit below–what do you think? Were you a fan of the Anne books growing up?