Anne of Green Gables & Little Women

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Re: Anne of Green Gables & Little Women

Post by MacynSnow » Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:11 am

Jabroniville wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:05 am
MacynSnow wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:42 am
I actually watched all of the Anne Of.... movies when i was growing up(i was a BAD PBS junkie as a kid.), and they were suprisingly good.I especially liked how they had the same lead actress play the role from the start of the Franchise all the way to the last movie(Megan Follows is a tremendous actress,imo.) giving it all a nice sense of Continuty.True,they DID veer off the timeline of the book with the 7 seasons(!!) of Road To Avonlea,but they were still as faithful to the characters as always(you never saw Anne act like Diana,for example)...
They only made two, right? I saw the one where she was in college, but not the one where she's a kid. I've seen the modern one with Martin Sheen, and it's had two so far (just covering 2/3 of the book, I believe).
They made 3 ,though it veered from the source material a little.It's called Anne Of Green Gables:A New Beginning.I haven't seen the modern one,is it any good?

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Re: Anne of Green Gables & Little Women

Post by Jabroniville » Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:39 am

Yeah, the actors are likable and it's well-shot. Anne is a tough role to play- you have to voice lines that include terms like "EVER-so grateful!" with a straight face and real conviction. Marilla is believable as sort of the stern old spinster who loves Anne just as much as her brother does, but isn't the "showy" type.

It seems there's a few modifications to the story here and there. I haven't read all of the novel, but I did the comic book adaptation, and that's a little different as well. Much of the dialogue is dead-on, but the scene where Gilbert saves Anne in his boat is different, for example.

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Re: Anne of Green Gables & Little Women

Post by Batgirl III » Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:34 pm

There’s apparently a rabid, multigenerational Anne fandom in Japan. Anime, manga, radio plays, stage shows, musicals, ooodles of merch, and a theme park (which I think went bust during the Bubble).

I mean, I can see how the “spirited young lady who nevertheless always remains ladylike” aspect of Anne’s character would appeal to the Japanese. She’s basically a Hayao Miyazaki heroine!

I just always find it fascinating when a pop culture figure from one country becomes so beloved by another. Jack London was apparently hugely popular in the Soviet Bloc during the Cold War, despite being (very) American; H.P. Lovecraft has a massive fandom in France; David Hasselhoff has his infamous fandom in Germany; and my personal favorite, Detroit rock musician Sixto Rodriguez who released two albums in the U.S. and then faded into obscurity (and bouncing between homelessness and working menial construction jobs) was considered a nearly deific figure in apartheid-era South Africa. The documentary Searching for Sugar Man outlines that whole saga.
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Re: Anne of Green Gables & Little Women

Post by Jabroniville » Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:42 pm

Batgirl III wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:34 pm
There’s apparently a rabid, multigenerational Anne fandom in Japan. Anime, manga, radio plays, stage shows, musicals, ooodles of merch, and a theme park (which I think went bust during the Bubble).

I mean, I can see how the “spirited young lady who nevertheless always remains ladylike” aspect of Anne’s character would appeal to the Japanese. She’s basically a Hayao Miyazaki heroine!
Yeah, that was one of the funnier aspects of the whole story, to me. Apparently a lot of it stems from occupying Americans making a deliberate attempt to give Japanese girls & women someone to look up to in a heavily chauvinistic society:
Published in 1952 by Muraoka, who translated the story secretly during the war, the book was widely distributed in libraries run by the US State Department in Allied-occupied Japan. Its central story, about an orphan girl who proves her heart and mind is just as good as any boy's, served as a kind of benign liberal propaganda aimed at freeing women from traditional Japanese gender roles, she says.
Anne is certainly more of a "plucky heroine" than you would have seen in the country beforehand, and her little bouts of rebellion and rushing against the grain would have been QUITE unusual. But now, she's so big in Japan that Prince Edward Island actually put up Japanese signs and comments on many of their tourist attractions, especially around the actual Green Gables.

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Re: Anne of Green Gables & Little Women

Post by HalloweenJack » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:39 pm

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My first kiss was from a Curly Red-haired irish gamer girl that was visiting her Aunt for the summer.True,it was given to keep me from breaking her high score on Dragon's Lair, but i personally considered it a fair trade considering i dated her over that summer vacation.... :D
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Re: Anne of Green Gables & Little Women

Post by Woodclaw » Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:58 am

I've never read Anne, but Little Women was really, really popular with my sisters, partly because our aunt had the entire series and we often stayed at her place. It also helped that there were endless re-runs of the Japanese animated series of Little Women when I was a kid.
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