I'm happy to see how many of us are disgusted by "nouveau" Anne. She's a ginger, turn-of-last-century heroine who rocks! #CordialnotJimBeam-- Alison Pill (@msalisonpill) February 7, 2013
People are not fans of Anne of Green Gables' new makeover. Gone are the familiar red locks and freckled face of the 10-year-old Prince Edward Island orphan first introduced to the world in Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic Canadian novel. A new edition, which became available for purchase under Amazon.com's CreateSpace (a self-publishing site), showed a curvaceous blonde in a sexy plaid shirt.
The novel became part of the public domain in 1993, allowing the classic to be published by anyone without needing permission from the original copyright holder. Although the reasons behind the nouveau depiction of "Anne Shirley" are unknown, there is speculation that the anonymous publisher may have used this particular image (one that is so unlike the Anne we all know) in order to spare a few dollars by avoiding any licencing needed for the commercial use of Anne's likeness. Nevertheless, the drastic, unrecognizable and arguably false (Montgomery's description of Anne is nowhere near this cover girl) has sparked outrage among readers.
The image of Anne most people know comes from the CBC four-part Anne of Green Gables miniseries, starring Megan Follows as "Anne Shirley" - red hair and all - from 1985. Watch the entire film here:
In light of the controversy, CBC's As It Happens discussed the new edition cover on their program last week. Take a listen:
Take a look at some of the comments As It Happens listeners made on the subject:
@cbcasithappens sexed-up pose aside,she's not even a redhead!?!-- Maggie MacIntyre (@inkstainedmags) February 5, 2013
@cbcasithappens this destroys the image created by LMM. Anne is fiery redhead with freckles and braids.-- Terry-Anne (@cthauglum) February 6, 2013
@cbcasithappens 50 Shades of Anne??-- Bryan Soap(@renoverte) February 6, 2013
The official Twitter for the Sullivan Entertainment production of Anne of Green Gables (which you can watch above), also weighed in:
A few days after the conversation...
What do you think of the new Anne of Green Gables?