I´v been answering to the character ask meme´s in my tumblr blog, thought to post my answers here as well.
How I feel about this character
My childhood idol. My sun and the moon. A character who I adore, love and respect. With all her flaws she is perfect. My bosom friend, Kindred Spirit. When I was a child I used to give places overly-romantic names because that is what Anne would do. I remember Megan Follows said in an interview, that Anne divides people because she is so highly-sensitive and therefore she has difficulties to censor herself. She is too much. Too joyous or in the depth of despair. Being hsp myself I know exactly what it´s like. This trait was something that Anne helped me to cope with.
Anne had the ability to make friends with everyone but what I love about Anne in the books especially, is that she actively reaches out to those people who are not (at first) impressed by her, because she thinks that those who are outsiders are way more interesting. Eventually, she usually wins their hearts over.
All the people I ship romantically with this character
Gilbert there-is-no-one-else-in-the-god-damn-world Blythe. Jonathan Crombie in the 80s series, I had such a massive crush on him. Some years ago I found out that he was gay. He was a very private person. Bless him.
Gilbert Blythe, my fictional boyfriend. Fritz Bhaer my fictional husband.
My non-romantic OTP for this character
Marilla and Matthew. The relationship Anne has with them is beautifully written and especially Marilla´s arch with Anne is something deeply moving.
My unpopular opinion about this character
Anyone who compares Anne and Gil to Jo and Laurie should actually read the books and not just watch the 1994 little women.
Anne is very different from Jo. Anne is very feminine and she likes to be girly and feminine. Jo would not hit the boy´s head with a slate. Jo would be Gilbert, pulling the girly girl´s hair.
I love Jo but that´s the truth. Sure both Jo and Anne love to write but other than that Anne is way more similar to Amy.
One thing I wish would happen/ had happened with this character in canon
I used to be very disappointed that Anne gave up on becoming a world-famous writer but on my last read I realized that she actually “pulls Amy March´s”. She comes to the realization that she just isn´t good enough to be the next great Canadian author but she continues writing children´s stories and poetry. I still wish she could have published them. There is nothing wrong of being a house-mom but for such an ambitious girl such as Anne I wish there would have been something more. She could have continued teaching or did Gil make enough money to support them all when he became a doctor?
Something that really bothers me in Anne books, in general, was the way they treated Dora. I came up with something similar when I did my Laurie research, the boys will be boys attitude of the 19th century. Basically, Davy gets away with everything, not because he regrets what he has done but simply by being a male. Dora is constantly written to be the weaker one and we don´t know anything that is going inside Dora´s mind. Davy nearly killed his sister. He locked her into the freaking well! she could have died! Neither Marilla or Anne wanted to punish him. It´s similar to the way readers still ignore the way how incredibly immature Laurie is in Little Women, and that his growth process (which only happens thanks to Amy) is never fully adapted in the films.
Pronounced as Nee-na.
Artist, illustrator, writer, watercolorist and a folklorist. Gryffinclaw. Comes from Finland. Likes cats, tea and period dramas.
Love fandoms AOGG and Little Women (prefers books over the films). Louisa May Alcott researcher.
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