From Book To Series: Anne with an E

anne with an e

‘Anne with an E’ is a visual treat that sets to capture the emotions of friendship, romance, love, endurance and mostly belonging. The show revolves around the complexities experienced by teenagers as part of their growing up process. The show is inspired by Lucy Maud Montgomery’s 1908 coming-of-age novel Anne of Green Gables.

In a nutshell, a young orphan girl Anne is adopted by an elderly brother and sister. Lively and vivacious, she believes there is so much to learn from life that if we stop learning and imagining about world, it would be like being dead and hence, her ebullient nature takes over and she lives through the challenges faced by a grown up as a learner and an optimist. The qualities everyone would want to imbibe in themselves and parents hoping their children to adopt. 

The prime mover of the show, Anne, a plain looking young girl, is constantly seen stressing upon the need to be called as Anne with an E. She wishes not to be mistaken as a plain Ann. Given to her wishes, she would rather be called Princess Cordelia, as the sound of it is more appealing and surely echoes like a name that has a ‘story’ around it. This was an immediate connect for me.

The inner me wants to be called as Begum Mumtaz Jehan Dehlavi (although my behaviour is far from calm and mystical the name hints at). But still the imagination is just like the protagonist says, “Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worthwhile.”

Anyhow, it won’t take long to realize that the exuberant girl Anne is far from plain. She is an orphan, yet to flower into a woman, who, as an outcome of a fortunate mistake, is adopted by the Cuthbert brother and sister staying in a humble town Avonlea. The Cuthberts in their unyoung times, needed a boy helping hand, meet their parental side when they fall for the warmth of vivacious Anne and decide upon to bring her up as their adopted daughter. What follows is a sequence of dramatic events where Anne tries to make peace with her freckled face, red hair, frivolous childhood and jumps both foot in this wondrous new life.

The most appealing quality of Anne is her ability to weave words, mostly into a meaningful food for thought, where her vehement dialogues shall make you also talk in a rhetoric manner. The detailing, characterization, and content of the show is  befitting, however you shall surrender to the protagonist completely if you also happen to sympathize with her love for the English literature and language. Detailing drags the show at some places but it is relevant to get the viewer understand the importance of ‘inspiration’ and ‘imagination’ present abundantly in nature, books, and people around us.

In recent times, there is a lot of noise on feminism. Many hate the term, many hate the people who support it, yet many are unaware of its meaning altogether. The show touches on the theme of ‘feminism’ and much more. It talks about disturbed childhood, bullying, parenting, friendships, romance, and one’s acceptance in life.

Although, the show is dated but its relevance can be seen and much appreciated today. Another feather for show’s favor is that viewing can be expanded to include young children of ages 7 and above and they surely will be fascinated and inspired. A must watch if you want to see how intriguing a young mind is, how they deal with matters that sometimes appear mundane and sometimes extraordinary to us. The show shall sensitize us adults not only to the difficulties faced by a young and growing mind but also to our responses towards them. Plucky and uniquely spirited Anne shall definitely leave you with an optimistic outlook.

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