It’s the showdown of one of the most beloved stories of all time: Anne of Green Gables.
Book: In the book, there isn’t much plot. It’s typical of an L.M. Montgomery story, where the focus is more on characters than events.
Movie: In the movie, more development was given to the plot. The movie gave the story a romantic focus. The movie, I suppose, made Anne of Green Gables out to be the original YA romance. From what I remember, all of the main plot events from the book are in the movie.
Book: You can’t beat the characters from this story. All of them are quirky, but not too quirky; and just enough like people that you might find in a small town that you have to love them. Anne was my personal hero when I was a child. It is because of her that I have always wanted to have red hair. For a couple of years, I wore boots under dresses and braided my hair into two pigtails (yep, the obsession was quite deep).
Movie: I actually thought the movie did quite well with all of the characters. When I think of the minor characters in the story, the movie people usually come to mind (except for Rachel Lynde, who was supposed to be fat).
Book: This story is set in Prince Edward Island, Canada. I had no idea what it looked like when I read the story, so I imagined something quite different than what the place actually looks like. In my mind, it looked more like Germany.
Movie: The movie is set on P.E. Island, which captures the spirit of the book (if you had known what to expect), overall though, I thought it looked to beachy.
Book: Anne of Green Gables has a classic, almost timeless feel to it (although it is clearly a Victorian story). A lot of people who read the books firmly identify with Anne and the book has played a large part of their lives. I think a book that can do that is a book that is one of the best in the world.
Movie: Since the movie focused more on the romance aspect of the story, I didn’t like the feel quite so much. Still, I think it did pretty well at capturing the spirit of the story overall. If LMM saw the movie, I bet she wouldn’t hate it.
Now that I’ve thought about it, I’m not sure that I can choose between the book and the movie (just the first movie though- my opinions on the 2nd and 3rd movies are entirely different). Both stories are done well and capture a period and cast of characters well.
Now that my daughter is getting older, I look forward to sharing both the book and movie with her.