In the past few weeks, I have observed with curiosity and interest the way Anne with an E (a series on Netflix by Netflix and the CBC) has captivated audiences around the world, but specifically, the Brazilian community of which I am part. I have been trying to understand what it is about the show that has captured not just the views but the hearts of its audience.
I confess that when I began watching Anne with an E I was thoroughly unprepared. I grew watching the spirited Megan Fellows portray and breathe life into my forever Anne in the1985 miniseries Anne of Green Gables. It was hard to not compare the two series, especially after having gone through the audiobooks around the same time. This was an entirely new Anne. I stopped watching after season 1. I missed my old Matthew.
However, once season 3 ended in Brazil and every day someone posted about the show on my stories or newsfeed, I decided to give it another chance. I am glad I did if not only for getting to revisit the story of a red-headed fairy and her intensity for life but also for the catalyst it provides to discuss difficult subjects in which an international audience may never have participated.*
And also for the opportunity it provided to talk to you! We’ve had a live chat conversation last week just to talk about this show, and I am now considering doing a second because of the number of people who have messaged saying they were sad they missed it and would like to have commented.
During the live on Instagram, I also mentioned the existence of the 1980-2000 Sullivan Entertainment mini-series. Many had never heard about the series before, so here’s my indication for you to please check it out. It’s also a beautiful film, that may help bring you closure if you felt the Netflix series was cut too short.
Now I want to know. Did you watch Anne with an E? What did you think? Did you grow up with Anne too? Write me!! I really want to talk about this. Now, you go.
*But also, that cinematography! I cannot even begin to express my appreciation for every single scene’s beauty.