by Brandy D. Anderson
Having sold more than fifty million copies worldwide, Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables is one of the most popular books in the world. It has also been translated into more than twenty languages and the beloved series continues to spawn new television, movie, and stage productions throughout the years. With both a new movie and a separate television series being released in Canada in less than a year, I thought this would be a good time to list the top four Anne of Green Gables blogs on Tumblr.
Avonlea Vignettes has a wonderful mix of Anne quotes, gifs, and pictures along with other period-related things such as tutorials and photos of late 19th century hairstyles, songs, and recipes. The site itself is lovely to look at, set to a sea-green background with lovely silhouette cut-outs forming the top cover image. One recent post is a collage of photos: there’s a quote after Anne Shirley’s name reading “Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it.” There’s a Summer pic of a green field with a lone leafless tree in the background, a sky full of colourful hot-air balloons, a sepia-toned photo of Megan Follows’ Anne, and a snowy skeletal-treed lane. There is also a joyous girl jumping in a field, a close-up shot of a handful of blackberries, a cluttered old bookshop, a girl riding a bike, two kindred spirits in a sunflower field, and a line-up of Autumn leaves.
There’s a really neat gif collection of Wintery Anne. Gifs are taken from the Sullivan production and feature Matthew putting his arm around a very sleepy Anne as they make their way back home after Anne’s rescue of Minnie-Mae Berry. Another couple of gifs show the horse drawn sled whisking the folks away to see the premier, and the last two show Anne and Diana entering the Christmas Ball and then dancing at home in their nightgowns, the roaring fire behind them. Another gif set features the recent YouTube webseries for Anne. It’s Anne and Gilbert in four gifs, each of them read, “My whole life” “waiting for the right time” “to tell you” “how I feel”.
The site’s moderator, Ashley, explains that this is “a blog dedicated to everything Anne of Green Gables May that be quotes, movie clips, screen-caps, modern inspired clothing, or even crafts!” [sic]. One of the first posts you see features a gif of the romantic kiss shared between Gilbert and Anne on the bridge, the golden leaves of Autumn frame the background. The next image is a still-shot of Megan Follows as Anne sitting by a disarrayed chess board, smiling at the off-screen Captain Morgan Harris.
A gorgeous dress from 1910 is displayed next alongside another posting of a collage from Sullivan’s Anne of Green Gables mini-series. There’s a photo set of a heartbroken Anne and Diana as they are forced to say goodbye to each other with a quote from the book below: “Farewell, my beloved friend. Henceforth, we must be strangers living side by side… but my heart will be ever faithful to thee.” There are many more images from the Sullivan production, primarily made up of pictures of Anne and Gilbert, memes of cranky Great-Aunt Josephine, and an embedded video of an interview with a young Jonathan Crombie. There are also period style tutorials like one featuring popular hairstyles for young women at the turn of the 20th century.
While this isn’t technically an Anne of Green Gables site, it is a site all about the general time period in which Anne’s story is set so it’s sure to please Anne and historic fans alike. There are loads of wonderful old photos here like the one featuring a mother wearing a light frock helping her toddler run towards his older sister while she takes a photo. The caption reads: “1908 Kodak Photographic Advertising Contest First Prize Winner, Amateur Class”. The next photo bears no caption but it features an intimate close-up shot of a young woman with her hair down.
The photo below is more typical of the time and shows a woman wearing a fine dress with her hair neatly pinned back. There’s an eight piece vintage photo set of a woman showing you, step-by-step, how to put your hair up into a soft pompadour and psyche knot taken from a woman’s magazine in 1911. Another photo shows a group of men and women surrounding a water fountain in a “1904 L’illustration-Summer heat in Paris”. There’s the famous 1909 photo of actress Sarah Bernhardt swooning beside an unnamed actor. A gif set shows you “Old London Street Scenes” from 1903. There’s a lovely 56 photo set of “Edwardian Hairstyles: A collection of Edwardian photographs depicting some of the hairstyles of the time, like the Low Pompadour, Hatpin Hairstyle, Flapper (the title ‘Flapper’ originally referred to teenage girls who wore their hair in single plait which often terminated in a wide ribbon bow), and the Pompadour”.
Anne and Gilbert is run by a “20 something year old, Canadian girl who, like every good maritimer, loves Anne of Green Gables”. It’s a blog “dedicated to the Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe love story from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series. Follow if you are a kindred spirit 🙂 ”. The page’s background is a lovely collage of sepia-toned movie stills from the Sullivan Anne productions. The first gif set features four animated photos of Anne and Gilbert embracing in Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story.
Next we have Anne and Gilbert joking in front of an embarrassed Diana Berry and Fred Wright in Sullivan’s Anne of Avonlea. There are book illustrations such as one depicting Anne holding on to the foot of the bridge after she gets stranded in the lake; of course Gilbert is already there to the rescue. There’s a two photo set from 1934’s Anne of Green Gables movie. There’s a lovely gif set of Anne and Gilbert with Marilla’s sage words of advice to Anne about how much Gil loves her. There are quotes from the books, there are many more Anne and Gilbert gifs and photos, and there are testimonials from Anne fans around the world.