This modern adaptation of L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables tells Anne’s story through a series of vlogs, Tweets, and Instagram photos.
Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite stories, so when I realized that an adaptation in the style of The Lizzie Bennett Diaries had been made, of course I had to check it out. Unfortunately, my inability to stop comparing it to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries led me to be perhaps a little over-critical of the production, but, on the whole, I enjoyed it. You really can’t go wrong with L. M. Montgomery.
Since I’d enjoyed LBD so much (okay, I never finished it, but I did enjoy it), I Iooked forward to seeing how Green Gables Fables would adapt an older work to a modern setting. LBD, for example, had to figure out how to cause a scandal with Lydia when sleeping around is no longer as socially taboo as it was in Jane Austen’s time. Anne has fewer moments that are less likely to translate, but I still hoped to see the modern-day setting really impact the story. Why adapt if you’re not going to find ways to use the new setting, right?
Green Gables Fables, however, plays the entire Anne story pretty straight-forwardly. It makes Anne a high school student in real-life Avonlea (not on PEI–sorry!) and it gives her a camera and a Twitter account, but otherwise nearly all the elements of the story are basically the same. No, Anne does not crack a slate over Gilbert’s head but a locker white board (you know those things that are basically cardboard–so…not as dramatic) and her big night out is at a poetry slam, but it’s easy enough to change a few words. and keep the narrative the same. Don’t expect any surprises here.
Fans of Anne of Green Gables, however, will probably not mind hearing the same story again. And the show does a fair job of compressing things to make the romance more front-and-center, so Anne/Gilbert shippers will have a lot to enjoy. Altogether, watching this web series is not a bad way to spend a few days.