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Re: The Works of L.M. Montgomery

Post  Renny Sue on Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:02 pm

While I wasn't a huge fan of the third movie it kept the characters at least. I would have preferred Rilla but it was OK.

The fourthmovie was an abomination. Gilbert dies in WW2? Anne made up her entire childhood? HELL NO. If the person you had playing the role refuses to come back after reading the script there's something wrong. Never seen that and never will.

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Post  bluebird on Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:04 pm

Oh that was the 4th movie? Okay, that is the one I hate!!!

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Post  Renny Sue on Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:14 pm

Nah the one you spoke about was the 3rd. The 4th was even worse.

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Post  Luthien on Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:19 pm

My first visceral reaction: "Everyone involved can go straight to hell!"

After reading the article again: Modern-day setting? So, Anne breaks her iPad over Gilbert's head? Instead of candlelight signals, she and Diana sit in their bedrooms and IM each other? ""OMG GB really likes you Anne he picked up the flower you were wearing lol". What do they mean exactly by modern-day? This worries me. I've long wanted to see a new version of Anne of Green Gables. I like the Megan Follows movies (of which there are only two in my personal canon), but they're very eighties if you watch them today. It would be fun to see a new take, but not like this! The charm of Anne, and Montgomery's writing in general, is very much tied to its late-nineteenth-early-twentieth century setting. I'm not a fan of updates like these in general anyway: eg. I don't care for Sherlock.

It would be nice if they'd film something besides Anne. Montgomery wrote 19 other novels; film The Blue Castle! Awesome story, great heroine, fun 1920s setting, and they won't have to have Ontario stand in for PEI like they did in the Follows movies, because it's actually set in Ontario! Or film Emily, and do it right this time. (Lord, did I hate that terrible TV show).

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Post  bluebird on Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:28 pm

Renny Sue, I had no idea! I am horrified, haha.

Luthien - complete and total agreement. I would LOVE to see a film adaptation of The Blue Castle. An adaptation of Rilla of Ingleside would also be fantastic. Megan Follows could still play Anne, even.

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Post  big chicken on Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:05 pm

As much as I love Sam Waterston as Andrew Stuart, I'd love to see another version of Jane of Lantern Hill.

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Post  Tabby on Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:45 am

I would LOVE to see a film adaptation of The Blue Castle.
With the right actors, the dinner-party scene could be one of the best things ever filmed.
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Post  Luthien on Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:28 am

I haven't seen the Lantern Hill movie in over 15 years; I didn't even realize Sam Waterston was in it. I'll have to check it out again. I recently re-read Emily of New Moon and if Katharine Hepburn was still alive, I think she could have been a great Aunt Nancy. I don't usually do fantasy casting when I read, but once in awhile it's fun.

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Post  big chicken on Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:02 am

THANK LUCY MAUD, THE NEW MINISERIES WILL NOT BE SET IN THE PRESENT DAY. They're just going to dig a bit deeper in the story and really explore character backgrounds. I don't know what they mean by the immigrant experience though.

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Post  biakbiak on Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:37 am

Well gosh darnit! I was looking forward to Gilbert liking every status message that Anne ever posted and Diana being insipid and boring and playing lots of Farmville.

As in thank god! Still wouldn't want to the actors who portray several of the characters.
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Re: The Works of L.M. Montgomery

Post  big chicken on Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:52 am

The Cuthberts can lose all their money in the dot com bust.

Diana can accidentally huff on aerosol.


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Post  Renny Sue on Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:45 am

I'm glad though the fact that the producer is talking about turn of the century annoys me. The books are set in the 1880s, hardly turn of the century. Anne and Gilbert had sons fighting in World War I.

I loved the first two movies but I hope they don't follow the timeframe.

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Post  ulkis on Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:45 pm

We were talking about that on the old snarkfest thread but stuff like a reference to the film in Anne of the Island indicates that they were probably supposed to take place in the laste 1890s/eary 1900s but then she decided to put Anne's kids in WWI so it changed the timeline.

While I wasn't a huge fan of the third movie it kept the characters at least. I would have preferred Rilla but it was OK.

The fourthmovie was an abomination. Gilbert dies in WW2? Anne made up her entire childhood? HELL NO. If the person you had playing the role refuses to come back after reading the script there's something wrong. Never seen that and never will. .

It was good, as a story. As an Anne story, yeah, it just pissed all over the books. Anne found letters that Marilla hid that her father (Anne's) had written to her and Marilla never showed Anne. (Or maybe someone else wrote to Marilla telling her Anne's dad was really alive). Either way, not something Marilla would have hidden.

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Post  big chicken on Sat Jun 30, 2012 1:32 am

Okay, I need help identifying a story and the collection it's from. It's from the POV of a woman whose friend, a man, tells her he's getting married and needs help decorating the house he bought for his bride. She gets very jealous but decorates the house anyway, thinking catty thoughts the whole time. In the end, she finds out he was trying to make her jealous and the house was meant for her.

ETA: I found the story. It's "The Bride is Waiting" from The Doctor's Sweetheart and other stories.

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Re: The Works of L.M. Montgomery

Post  ulkis on Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:49 pm

I got a message from someone I just recommended Rilla to:

Really liking Rilla, but I'm SO afraid one of the guys will die in the war! D:

Hope they aren't too traumatized later on . . .

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Post  Luthien on Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:08 pm

A safer approach would be to assume they are all going to die in the war, then you can be relieved when some of them survive! It's how I get through war movies. The body count in Rilla is low for WWI, at least for the main characters, but the injury count is really high for the surviving boys: shot in the back, blind in one eye, lost a leg, facial scar, and that's just what I recall off the top of my head.

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Re: The Works of L.M. Montgomery

Post  killershrew on Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:31 pm

WHAT IS THIS I CAN'T EVEN
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Re: The Works of L.M. Montgomery

Post  big chicken on Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:06 pm

THE GIRL ON THE COVER DOESN'T EVEN LOOK LIKE SHE'S FROM THE ANOTHER ERA. I WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED IF SHE WERE TO PULL OUT HER iPHONE AND START TEXTING HER FRIENDS AND SQUEEING OVER ONE DIRECTION.

Thank Maud, the book is in the public domain and other publishers can put out more appropriate covers. Coralie Bickford-Smith needs to design covers for the entire series. I loved what she did for F. Scott Fitzgerald's books and the clothbound Penguin Classics series.

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Re: The Works of L.M. Montgomery

Post  maxell131313 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:56 pm

Oh yay, that's what I really wanted. Someone to take my favorite childhood literary series and make it look like soft-core porn. Because that's what's been missing all along.
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Re: The Works of L.M. Montgomery

Post  Kiran on Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:57 pm

I don't think it looks like soft core porn. Just cheap. It looks like the self published mennonite romance novels that they sell here at the shoppers drug mart! Or a cbc teen drama that would have aired in the late 90s, but because its Canadian shes the hot girl thats not actually that hot by US televesion standards. Either way, Anne is Canada's national treasure and she deserves more than this and frankly I don't see Gilbert going for that girl...that monster Chad Kroeger yes, but not Gilbert.
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Re: The Works of L.M. Montgomery

Post  big chicken on Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:09 pm

The Anne series deserves the Coralie Bickford-Smith treatment. This is what she did for F. Scott Fitzgerald. Here is her Jane Austen. I need someone to come out with a set like this for Anne Shirley. I'm never going to give up my mass market boxed set but they're getting old and yellow and I want a set that will outlast me.

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Re: The Works of L.M. Montgomery

Post  punkysdilemma on Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:45 pm

Ohhhhh, I was afraid they let Kevin Sullivan make a novelization of one of his travesties and call it Official Book Nine or something.

That is still some idiocy there. But yeah, it looks like one of those...hang on...like Senior Photo Backdrop. Or like every book cover they ever made for Lurlene McDaniel. Ahem.

I loaded up some L.M. on my iPad and I'm having a hard time getting into The Story Girl. Maybe I should just reread Anne or The Blue Castle or something.
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Post  pinguerin on Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:43 pm

She looks like a Wakefield twin! I'm voting for Jessica because of the come-hither glance.

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Post  laddical on Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:24 am

Those Fitzgerald covers are an improvement over modern country girl Anne, but they don't strike me as anything special. Art deco may get a sense of the period, but there's nothing thematic to any of those covers. They look like old school Windows desktop tiles.
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Post  ulkis on Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:00 pm

what in fudge balls is that. I can only surmise that the person who actually made/approved of the cover didn't actually READ Anne of Green Gables, which is depressing.

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