Folks, something very bad has happened - someone has created another Anne of Green Gables movie and it is an atrocity, a sham, an affront to all Anne Loving People everywhere. I came across it this afternoon and only watched 15 minutes of it before throwing down the remote control and harrumphing about my living room, ranting about how it is an atrocity, a sham, etc. Here's what I gathered from those 15 minutes:
1.) Anne is middle aged and WWII is going on (when everyone knows that it's WWI that is happening when Anne is middle aged.)
2.) Anne is searching for her father (Who, you may recall from the books, is actually dead.)
3.) And surprise! she has a half brother whom she is also searching for.
4.) She has a son named Dominic. What?! What about Jem, or Shirley, or (Sweet Land of Liberty, I'm going to start weeping) Walter?
5.) She is living at Green Gables again.
And, this is the most egregious so hold on to your hats...
6.) Gilbert is dead and Anne is dating some other guy. AS IF! And also, NO! And for another thing, HOGWASH! I started watching during a scene where Anne comes home and takes the arm of this guy and I thought, "Gee, they could have cast a more handsome Gil." And then she called him Gene. She's dating a guy named Gene!? Is this some kind of joke? Do they really believe that the people will stand for a.) Gilbert being killed off and b.) Anne walking arm in arm with a guy who isn't Gilbert? Unacceptable.
Okay, so I'm a little passionate about Anne of Green Gables. That series of books (and really, all of LM Montgomery's books) were a huge part of my formative years. And the stories that she wrote of Anne were great. Mostly because Gilbert doesn't die! They grow old together and have kids (none of them named Dominic) and they live happily ever after, just as we all knew they would. Killing him off and giving Anne a long lost father and brother and made up son is just preposterous.