Francesca says: Whether you have read the books or not, get thee to your local video store (or Amazon) and watch the Sullivan Entertainment versions of the Anne of Green Gables series! Do not bother watching these films with a man. Get thee together with a girlfriend (or the preteen girl in your life) and some popcorn and just melt. (Has Francesca mentioned lately that Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert is yum yum yum yummy?)
The first film is based on the first novel, Anne of Green Gables, and is extremely true to the book!
The second film is loosely based on Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, and Anne of Windy Poplars. Although several subplots from those books are collapsed together, and the film does not follow the books exactly, it is still faithful to the general story arc and “feel” of the novels. A lovely, lovely and romantic film. The scene where Gilbert is sick makes Francesca cry every time.
Yes, it is cheesy. Blissfully, wonderfully so!
However, Francesca says: Do not bother with the third film. It veers ridiculously from the novels — it even breaks from the proper time line, jumping ahead to World War I without aging Anne and Gilbert appropriately — and is exceedingly melodramatic and boring. Stay away.
But from films 1 and 2 – do not stay away!