Just so you know, in the new season of Anne with an E, there are homosexual themes. So, if you are looking for a family show about Anne of Green Gables without gay themes, this isn’t it.
Yeah I must admit that bothered me a bit. I could deal with the parts about the little boy struggling and coming to terms with being gay, but I felt uncomfortable about the idea of the two women being in a ‘marriage’ being ok and when the little girl questioned it she was implied as being wrong.
Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite book series!
It is becoming more and more difficult for parents to be able to decide when and how to broach these topics with their children.
Its so hard to put across to non Catholics that it’s ok to be gay and that we must not discriminate, but that it’s not Ok to have homosexual sex or contract a ‘marriage’. I tend to just keep silent on it or say ‘I believe in equality under the law but the morals of it are up to God’.
They lost me in the first episode of Season 1. The book was left in the dust.
I grew up with the TV series from the 80s with Megan Follows.
I probably would need to actually watch this to be able to judge it fairly, but I’ve been reading and watching responses to critics that don’t like the modern revisions and feel they are too “edgy”. The issue I take with people arguing that we shouldn’t romanticize the past is that these same people that favor “edgy” also want to take modern views on morals and try to apply them to how things were in the past. The idea that there was an openly lesbian couple living in the 1800s and people wouldn’t have had problems with it (as I understand the storyline goes) is still romanticism and wishful thinking.
Early 1900s - and they are portrayed as being part of a very ‘artistic’ circle. Among such it was much more accepted.
For example the English playwright Oscar Wilde, who was accepted by his friends and only got in trouble when his lover’s father found out.
And the French writers George Sand (who was a woman - probably not lesbian but wore men’s clothes in public) and Marcel Proust, Artur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine.
I liked what this blogger had to say about why Anne fans feel so betrayed by the series.
Carrots for Michaelmas, good article, but she doesn’t even begin to talk about the fact that the predator teacher, ends up being gay and want to marry her to hide it. A boy who is gay, leaves his family to live with one of Anne’s aunt’s who is gay. Come on! This is ridiculous. Yes, they have ruined it.
That should say one of Anne’s friend’s aunt who is gay.
Good thing I don’t have Netflix.
Was that after the first season? I think the article may be sort of old.
I head about it. Never saw it. Never had an interest. I’ll stick to the 1985 miniseries, thank you very much.
i don’t know. I was confused about the reference to Miss Stacey not being in it - she is very much part of the second season (although I don’t like the way she is portrayed, or at least the first impression that is given of her).
Thanks for the warning, my neighbors were just saying how good this show was 2 days ago. I doubt they seen the new episodes.
Now I’m confused – seeing LilyM’s description as being from the 1900s and the Carrots for Michaelmas article references the early 1900s, because while the book was written at that time, the actual book takes place in the 1870s. So they moved the timeline of Anne’s adolescence forward for the new series?
Oh my gosh I had forgotten about the teacher! Absurd
Anne’s youngest child Rilla is born around 1900, so late 1870s or 1880s sounds right for the first books.
I don’t know why but I think of the costumes of the movie and tv adaptations as being more typically 1900s. As well as things like references to electric lights which weren’t even invented until 1879, let alone getting to a small rural town like Avonlea.
No worries. I know what you mean – I know that TV adaptations are going to take artistic license but the history nerd in me sort of wants to grit my teeth about it
They find a way to add a homosexual character to just about every TV show and movie. It’s an unwritten rule in Hollywood these days.