my rating: ★★★☆☆
tags: graphic novel, classic
goodreads rating: 4.19
I received an arc copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Schoolyard rivalries. Baking disasters. Puffed sleeves. Explore the violet vales and glorious green of Avonlea in this spirited adaptation.
The magic of L.M. Montgomery’s treasured classic is reimagined in a whimsically-illustrated graphic novel adaptation perfect for newcomers and kindred spirits alike. When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan who can help manage their family farm, they have no idea what delightful trouble awaits them. With flame-red hair and an unstoppable imagination, 11-year-old Anne Shirley takes Green Gables by storm.
Anne’s misadventures bring a little romance to the lives of everyone she meets: her bosom friend, Diana Barry; the town gossip, Mrs. Lynde; and that infuriating tease, Gilbert Blythe. From triumphs and thrills to the depths of despair, Anne turns each everyday moment into something extraordinary.
You know what this graphic novel really did for me? It gave me some serious nostalgia for Anne of Green Gables and made me go on a serious Anne x Gilbert binge!
This is a really cute and short read so I recommend it for that reason. It is also really easy to read and it flows pretty well. I would only recommend this if you already know the plot well though, if you’ve seen the film or any of the shows you should also be fine. This graphic novel is fun and a good half hour catch up of everything that happened in the novel if you forgot what happened.
The main thing I want to let you guys know though is that you really have to have read the book before the graphic novel. You will miss quite a bit of information as a lot of the scenes or conversations are boiled down to the main points and a few scenes are left quite out of context, so know that before you into it.
THE MEH & SOME ADVICE
First off, we should talk about the artwork. This is a graphic novel so the artwork is pretty darn important. I have to say that from the reviews I have read, a lot of people did enjoy the artwork, but personally, for me, the artwork is the main reason I would probably not buy this. Compared to other graphic novel adaptations, like they did with A Wrinkle In Time.
I think with the graphic novel there were more negatives than positives for me. however, I know so many other people really loved it so take my word with a grain of salt.
Aside from the artwork, my main issue with this was purely that it was so fast-paced. Anne of Green Gables is not a fast-paced novel but I was able to get through the graphic novel in half an hour. I will say though, this graphic novel really put into perspective how absolutely creepy one of the relationships (involving a teacher, you know what I mean guys) was and how much people didn’t care about it.
I said before that I think you guys all need to read the book or watch the movie before you get to this. That is because not all the scenes or conversations are explained and are often out of context like the author just skipped a whole chapter and we time travelled too far forward. It was annoying and I didn’t like it, I was only able to understand because I had read the novel so many times as a child.
- This is a good catch up if you’re about to read book 2 but don’t want to read the first.
- Short, easy, not too many words
- Weird artwork (just my opinion!)
- I probably won’t ever re-read this.
Have you read Anne? D you prefer graphic novels or the original text?