Review: Anne With An E, A Gripping Canadian TV Series

Anne with an E is a Canadian episodic television series adapted from the classic work of children’s literature, Anne of Green Gables. Anne with an E has been premiered internationally on Netflix. This series is highly engrossing and inspiring the viewers to watch and absorb this quintessential Canadian story. The acting and production of this series are adequate and magnificent. The protagonist Anne is played by an American actress named Amybeth Mcnulty, and it is evident that she puts every part of her heart and soul in this fictional character. She appears in the extraordinary journey of an orphan girl named Anne, who is fanciful and dramatic. Anne’s freckles, red hairs, talkative nature, and adventurous thoughts differentiate her from other children. She is imaginative and devoted. The positivity of Anne and her ways to tackle all the hurdles is indeed great learning on handling the unfortunate situations.

This series was adapted from Anne of green gables, one of the eloquent pieces in the history of children’s classics. A novel, written by a Canadian author named Lucy Maud Montgomery. The book was published in 1908; it has been translated into many languages to outstretch its marvels around the world. Montgomery’s inspiration was her childhood, which was filled with experiences full of idealism and spirituality. Anne of Green Gables follows Anne’s struggles and joys in a fictional town named Avonlea.

The famous quote of all time, “Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn.” is a part of this book!

It illuminates the obvious that love is not demanded but earned and grows every day, even in the smallest acts. Earnestness and tenacity of Anne convey that real blood relations matters. Still, our contentment can help us in being loved by the people who are not blood relations and can be thicker than our blood, love nature, and cherish Mother Nature by thanking her every moment. She shows her love towards the place where she lived by giving dramatic names to the natural surroundings of imaginary Avonlea. Nature gives her reliable intimacy as she states;

I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – Anne Shirley

The series comprises of moral ethics and understanding of – giving shelter, unquestionable and unconditional love to an orphan where she explores what she was, gains the knowledge she wishes for, and what was her place in the world, is truly an encouragement that one could incorporate within. It is her life long quest to learn about her family.

I am loved now, but when I wasn’t, it didn’t mean I wasn’t worthy of it. -Anne Shirley

Anne is shown to be in a continuous thirst for who she is and who she wants to be. Being passionate is an excellent way of life, and nothing is more exhilarating than one’s imagination about life. Be thoughtful of others, and their feelings are great gospels in this series. Every young folk who doubts powers of their minds, the journey of Ann Shirley cries out to them, saying they are strong, capable, and willing to fight for their rights, desires to live life with no regrets. “It is not what the world holds for you, and it is what you bring to it.” Anne and the other characters never gave up on each other’s problems and helped each other through everything.  

The impediments in the life of Anne and other female characters of the series are explored to reveal the societal norms that are often considered the hurdles in women’s relaxed lives. This show has addressed many social issues, such as gay rights, racism, and indigenous rights. Sexual assault storyline is also a necessary element highlighted in this drama. This storyline works profusely to enlighten that all females deserve the right to bodily autonomy. They all deserved to be treated with dignity and respect. The female experiences of the characters remind the viewers of how society handled the poor and innocent girls. This series suggests that all men and women are victimised and assaulted, and we reserve the right to speak out and say stop!

We all deserve the right to bodily autonomy. And to be treated with dignity and respect. To say ‘stop’ and be heard instead of pushed, derided, and be told that a man knows more about our basic rights and desires than we do.” -Anne with an E

The story is enclosed in the third (final) season of Anne with an E. Undoubtedly, with twenty-seven episodes in total (2017-2019), the story goes deep down but if we read all the books of Lucy Maud Montgomery in which Anne is a prominent figure, it is incomparable. The beautiful lives of the characters taught us to be courageous and hopeful, how to remain strong, how to love unapologetically, and how to approach the distressing of life. Everything about this show is extraordinary. The world deserves to see this excellent adaptation.

Rating: 4/5

By Simranpreet Kaur

Simranpreet Kaur is an intern with Quillopia. The author’s views expressed are her own.

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