Is the movie Anne of Avonlea as good as the book? Is it worth watching? Find out in this week’s edition of Book vs Movie.
If you’re curious, find out if I thought the Anne of Green Gables movie worth watching in the last Book vs Movie post.
Anne of Avonlea Movie Plot
Although the first Anne of Green Gables movie was pretty close to the book, in the second movie, they started going off the deep end plot-wise. The movie kind of mixes Anne’s experiences at Queen’s with her college years from the 3rd book, and I think they have her teach as well (which she did do in the book); so it’s all convoluted. They also tossed in some stuff from the 4th book, so basically all plot continuity is out the window at this point. But, the events that are in the movie do line up with some of the Anne stories, so it’s not horrible.
I think I prefer the characters in the movie version of Anne of Avonlea to the movie characters from Anne of Green Gables. There are some strong characters that are quite entertaining to watch. Although, both the movie characters and the book characters are so vivid in my mind, I honestly have a hard time remembering which was actually in the movie, and which I just imagined strongly. I think Emmaline Harris, is a completely invented movie character, however, which I never really approve of.
Even though the plot was rather messed up in this story, the setting still came out beautifully. The story may be mixed up and different, but I think it all flowed fairly well. I don’t have any complaints about the setting. It’s hard to mess up the setting when it is Victorian Prince Edward Island. The costumes were amazing.
In short, the movie feels not unlike the 3 books it is based upon, but in a way that is entirely different.
Anne of Avonlea the movie is worth watching, but for the true Anne experience, the books are a must-read. I am not sure if I would be so fond of the series if I had not read them as a child, but the books hold a special place in my heart. They have the honor of being some of the first books to make me cry. If you watch the movie, you won’t be sorry; but if you read the book, you will have an even better time. Part of the brilliance of the series is in the life-like (and often biting) characters that LMM creates, and that is entirely lost in the movie series.
Final Verdict: Watch it and read it.