It is a rare thing when I read a Vanity Fair article and find nothing in it worth starting a squabble with the author over: but it happens, every so often. Joanna Robinson has reviewed the Netflix series Anne with an E (because apparently Anne of Green Gables was deemed to be a title that was not able to move the product**), and while she does not actually come out and say that she’s ready to grab a bullwhip and and a pitchfork and go chastise the wicked, I suspect that Ms. Robinson would not be adverse to joining the mob. Because it’s Anne of Green Gables, that’s why.
If you want to know how bad the series is, here you go. This is the only sentence that you should need. But read the rest:
But those hoping the series recaptures the glow of either the original Montgomery books or the 1980s adaptation are in for a rude awakening. From the start, Anne with an E (called, simply, Anne in Canada) has promised a gritty, dark reboot of the Prince Edward Island tale.
It has long been a truism among a certain segment of the population that people are most conservative about what they love the most. Based on that truism, then Ms. Robinson loves the Anne stories very, very, very much. You can almost see the tremors in her fingers as she recounts one abomination after the other – and there are so many abominations. Based on Joanna Robinson’s description, it’s as if Anne with an E was commissioned by a literal demon prince whose Infernal task was to turn the various forms of broadcast media and entertainment into a derivative, horrible, virtue-free pile of idiocy and slime***.
I don’t want to judge people harshly for liking this version, because people like what they like. So I’ll just go watch the CBC miniseries again and avoid this one like the suppurating plague that it apparently is. BUT: Joanna Robinson, with this warning review you and Vanity Fair have done the Lord’s work this day. Well done.
PS: The original books are available for cheap in Amazon.
*Damn, but I miss John M. Ford.
**And this is where historians will decide that the cascade of Bad Decisions and Tears officially began.
***Yes, I totally loved In Nomine. How did you know?