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Anne of Green Gables

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Last Monday was Lucy Maud Montgomery 141st birthday. She is the author of the "Anne of Green Gables" books. Anne was one of my childhood heroines, probably the one I identified the most with (getting lost in fantasy worlds and a temper).

I have read and reread the books several time as well as seen several adaptations. My favourite ones are below.

Akage no An - anime (1979)
The first anime and the first adaptation of "Anne of Green Gables" I saw. It is beautifully drawn and follows the book faithfully. Most of the narration is straight out of the book. I like it when things are not dumbed down, because they are for kids and it makes the anime enjoyable to watch even as a grown up. When I re-watched it recently I was surprised to notice a lot of subtle characterisation of Marilla, which I had missed of a kid.

TV mini series Anne of Green Gables (1985) and Anne of Avonlea (1987)
Megan follows is a wonderful Anne. The first series adopts the "Anne of Green Gables" book and the second is a mix of the books "Anne of Avonlea", "Anne of the Island" and "Anne of Windy Poplars". "Anne of Avonlea" and "Anne of Windy Poplars" are both very episodic and the series takes incidences and characters from both books and incorporates them into the Anne's character development arc from "Anne of the Island". Both series are perfect for a rainy afternoon.

Web series Green Gables Fables and Project Green Gables
Green Gables Fables is now it its second season. The first followed "Anne of Green Gables", in between seasons some stories from "Anne of Avonlea" were adopted/mentioned on the social media sites of the characters and the second season is now adopting "Anne of the Island".
Project Green Gables is currently in it's first season and adopting "Anne of Green Gables".
It is very interesting to view both series side by side. Both are very faithful to the book(s), have an excellent cast for both the main and side characters and the love for the characters and story from everyone involved shines through. In Green Gables Fables Anne's character flaws, such as her stubbornness and temper or unrealistic expectation (wanting her first published story to be in the New Yorker) and subsequent character development are emphasized (and Matthews story is heartbreakingly well adopted) while in Project Green Gables conflicts of the book are ingeniously brought to modern times, from Anne being sad about wearing clothes from the Salvation Army flea market, Ruby Gillis talking about slut shaming or Anne being a girl of colour with natural hair, giving her issues with it and the fight with Mrs Lynde and Gilbert about their comments on it a new and interesting interpretation.





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Things that make me feel like I'm in a movie

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Fire escapes
and in my mind I hear "Maria, I just me a girl named Maria!"

Newspaper boxes
We just don't have them in Iceland, because they would constantly be frozen shut.

Chinese take away boxes
Which actually seem to exist only in movies, now one gets styrofoam boxes, so I will never get my movie moment (eating Chinese take away out of boxes in a motel).

Yellow cabs in New York
We did not go by cab though, now I have to hope that Uber has not destroyed it until I get to New York again

Certain accents
Such as a "California college student", a strong New Yorker accent or any other which can be exaggerated to be a stereotype in a movie. Never an Ohio accent though, I am too used to hear it from all my friends from Ohio (I tend to attract Ohians for some reason).

Ice cream in pints / with sprinkles
When I was a kid there was no such thing as the Ice cream pint (like with Ben and Jerry's ice cream). I love that movies encourage me to eat a whole pint when I'm "sad".
First time I came to USA was with my parents when I was 10. Our caravan broke down in the Californian desert and we ended up staying 3 days in a tiny town called Bishop. We went out one night and got a ice cream cone with sprinkles on top and watched a baseball game. I felt like I had stumbled into one of these coming of age movies about a kid in a small town.

Central Park
Just look at it:


Bonus: Washington is different in movies
I was completely surprised by the diversity in Washington DC. In movies the town seems to consist to 99% of white men in suits. In reality it is around 40%.
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Things that surprised me about Washington/New York

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The White House is located in downtown Washington. It always looks so far from everything in the movies.

People are really friendly (even in New York). When I was travelling along the west coast of the USA I was consistently told that people on the east coast are rude.

Security for the Washington Monuments (including the Capitol) are not tighter than for the German parliament. The only time I had to show my passport in Washington was at a liquor store.

It is easily possible to get around by foot / public transport. We walked all around Manhattan and Washington. Mostly we were done earlier than expected and had time to have a slow evening with cocktails.

Cocktails in rooftop bars in Manhattan are not more expensive than cocktails in Reykjavik. And very yummy.
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Going to USA - Keflavik airport

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I don't know how much blogging I will be doing this week as I will be visiting my friend in Washington and New York!

At the moment I'm enjoying the free wifi (a new thing) while waiting for the passport check for people going to USA to open. Keflavik is a very stress free airport and I'm always too early especially opposed to London airports where I always have to run even when arriving 3 hours early. Here I manage to be at the gate in an hour, thanks to effective organizing of security and self check in stations.

I was 3 hours early, so I bought a silly puffin T-shirt for my friend and could be relaxed when I was selected for a "random" security check from the TSA. They checked for explosives I think. I hoped that this was not going to be a thing from now on and was a bit nervous when standing at the passport check at Washington airport. The immigration official marveled at my south American passport stamp collection and then let me go through without any problem.


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