It all started the Christmas of 2001. My mom bought me Anne of Green Gables on VHS for Christmas. Before that Christmas, I confused Anne of Green Gables with Sarah Plain and Tall which I was not a fan of. (Don't ask me how I confused the two). So, until that point, I thought Anne of Green Gables was dumb. When I opened the movie, I realized that the movie I was envisioning was the wrong one, so I popped it into the VHS player and watched it. And fell in love. And watched it again. And again. And again. Until I could quote the entire movie by heart. I begged my parents to buy the rest of the series. The Continuing Story just came out a year or so before, so it was on the sales rack, but The Sequel was nowhere to be found. My dad magically found it and for my birthday the next year bragged about finding it and hid it in a deep dark place. The night before my birthday (since we were on summer break at that point), he told me that if I could find the movie, he'd let me watch it that night. I literally TORE UP THE HOUSE. And found it. And watched it. In one sitting. And do you know how long that movie is?
Once I exhausted the movies, I decided to read the entire Anne series. Thankfully, the library had all eight books. I laughed. I cried. I laughed again. I cried some more. I read the books to the point where I could quote you Anne Shirley Blythe's life story.
As I grew older, I didn't watch Anne as much as I did when I was younger. However, I discovered Green Gables Fables on YouTube, and while it's a modern twist on the Anne series, I still found it quite as charming as the original series. I was so surprised that the writers were able to keep the Anne spirit alive even if she's living in 2015.
When I heard that Jonathan Crombie passed away, I had to pop the movies in and watch the trilogy. Note: I only watch The Continuing Story because of Megan Follows and Jonathan Crombie. Please don't ask me how I really feel about that movie.
Commercial Break: I was SO sad to hear Jonathan Crombie died! When I was in middle school, I thought that he was the cutest guy ever, probably because he played Gilbert. Seriously, whenever he said "sorry" in his Canadian-like way, I would just melt. I would have to admit, he was my first celebrity crush. End Break.
As I watched the movies again, I was taken back to my pre-teen years and reminisced on how I just enjoyed the movies so much. I realized that the reason I loved the Anne series so much was that I could relate to her and other characters in so many ways.
As a pre-teen, I watched Anne all-the-stinking-time when I was younger was that we had just moved across the country and I literally had no friends at school. It was really hard for me to cope with as I was such a social person. I felt like I could connect with Anne as she also experienced that loneliness (although in a different way). I remembered what it was like to desire that "kindred spirit" and when I finally met that best friend, I was just so excited like Anne was when she met Diana. (I will say though, I never set my best friend drunk). I remembered what it was like to be sixteen and have a picture in my head of the ideal and perfect man. I remembered what it was like realizing that my ideal man did not exist and the man for me was actually right in front of me. And these were just a few things I realized re-watching the movies. I hadn't even touched the book series in several years.
A few weeks ago, I asked my mom to dig up my old Anne books which I got at a church book sale. I am in the process of re-reading the series and I feel like I'm reuniting with old friends.
Do you have a favorite classical book or movie that takes you back to your childhood? I'd love to hear about it!