My mom bought my sister the "Anne of Green Gables" book several years ago. I can't even remember when that was anymore. Anyway, I'm the one who ended up reading it and then becoming a big Anne fan.
I convinced my mom to get me the whole Anne series 1-8, but some got lost when I moved from California to the Philippines. I have almost re-completed my collection. A couple of weeks ago, I was in a secondhand bookshop and came across three of the books I needed. All I'm missing now is "Rainbow Valley."
As for the movies, the only one I got to watch was the first. I borrowed the video from a friend about five years ago and wanted to keep it myself. I think it was the first time I saw a movie that was every bit as good as the book. (I'm still trying to get my mom to buy me the video. I wonder how much luck I'll have convincing her to get me the sequels!)
By the way, I was rather gratified when "Anne of Green Gables" was mentioned in the movie "You've Got Mail." You know when Meg Ryan had to close her book store and on the last day, a lady was reminiscing how Meg Ryan's mother sold her a copy and to "read it with a box of tissues." I kept thinking, "Yes, exactly!"
The best thing about Anne, however, is that she warms the heart with her zest for life. She finds joy in the simplest of things. She grows up into a mature and insightful woman.
I hope Anne continues to spark the imaginations of young girls everywhere. She is truly a delightful heroine.