Can’t Wait Wednesday (70)

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Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was created by Jill Breaking the Spine. Buy links include affiliate links, and I’ll earn a small commission if you purchase through them.

35178488The Other Half of Happy by Rebecca Balcárcel

Release date: August 20th, 2019
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Summary (from goodreads): Quijana is a girl in pieces.

One-half Guatemalan, one-half American. When Quijana’s Guatemalan cousins move to town, her dad seems ashamed that she doesn’t know more about her family’s heritage.

One-half crush, one-half buddy. When Quijana meets Zuri and Jayden, she knows she’s found true friends. But she can’t help the growing feelings she has for Jayden.

One-half kid, one-half grown-up: Quijana spends her nights Skyping with her ailing grandma and trying to figure out what’s going on with her increasingly hard-to-reach brother. Quijana must figure out which parts of herself are most important, and which pieces come together to make her whole.

The part where I talk: I can’t get over how cool this cover is, and this sounds like a really great middle grade book. It sounds really sweet, too.

What are you excited to read this book?

Peace and cookies,
Laina

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Unofficial Hiatus

Or does this post make it official?

Either way, I just wanted to let y’all know that I’m not going to be posting too much for the rest of the summer. I’ve got a summer job that’s taking it out of me, and I’ve also been sick a bunch this summer, so I just can’t do it.

I’ve got like one or two more Waiting on Wednesday posts, and then I’ll be back in September. And don’t forget we’ve got a ton of QSR stuff going on over on the blog and on twitter, so that’ll keep you happy until I return!

Thanks for understanding, y’all.

Peace and cookies,

Laina

Can’t Wait Wednesday (69)

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Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was created by Jill Breaking the Spine.

35818725No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter

Release date: August 8th, 2019
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Summary (from goodreads): ‘It’s not my body that’s holding me back. I think it’s more of a problem that people tell me my body should hold me back.’

Meet Emily Daly, a stylish, cute, intelligent and hilarious seventeen-year-old about to start her last year at school. Emily is also fat. She likes herself and her body. When she meets Joe at a house party, he instantly becomes The Crush of Her Life. Everything changes. At first he seems perfect. But as they spend more time together, doubts start to creep in.

With her mum trying new fad diets every week, and increasing pressure to change, Emily faces a constant battle to stay strong, be her true self and not change for anyone.

The part where I talk: Heck yeah to all the fat positive books ever! This sounds like it’s going to be great and I’m really hoping that I’ll be able to get it through the library, even though I’m not sure it’s being released in the US yet? Sometimes Canada can get UK books before the US though.

Also I really like that she’s not wearing a dress on the cover? Obviously I’ve talked about wanting to see more fat characters who aren’t just into fashion, but at least this is a bit of a different aesthetic than so many other fat girl characters in YA.

But that’s a rant for another day! What are y’all looking forward to this week?

Peace and cookies,
Laina

Can’t Wait Wednesday (68)

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Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was created by Jill Breaking the Spine.

37648365The Bone Garden by Heather Kassner

Release date: August 6th, 2019
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Summary (from goodreads): Made of dust and bone and imagination, Irréelle fears she’s not quite real. Only the finest magical thread tethers her to life—and to Miss Vesper. But for all her efforts to please her cruel creator, the thread is unraveling. Irréelle is forgetful as she gathers bone dust. She is slow returning from the dark passages beneath the cemetery. Worst of all, she is unmindful of her crooked bones.

When Irréelle makes one final, unforgivable mistake by destroying a frightful creature just brought to life, Miss Vesper threatens to imagine her away once and for all. Defying her creator for the very first time, Irréelle flees to the underside of the graveyard and embarks on an adventure to unearth the mysterious magic that breathes bones to life, even if it means she will return to dust and be no more.

The part where I talk: This is another book I think is going to be really good for that mood I get when it’s August and I love summer but also I want it to be Halloween, lol. It sounds really interesting, with a neat premise.

What are y’all looking forward to this week?

Peace and cookies,
Laina

 

Can’t Wait Wednesday (67)

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Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was created by Jill Breaking the Spine.

42201980The Serendipity of Flightless Things by Fiadhnait Moser

Release date: August 6th, 2019
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Summary (from goodreads): Amidst the 1971 Troubles between the Irish Republican Army and Northern Ireland, twelve-year-old Finn lives in a world of her own of fairy tales. Raised by her grandmother, Nuala, who is the village storyteller, Finn spends her days playing make-believe in the forest, weaving tall tales to tell her friend Darcy, longing to go to the island of Inis Eala to meet the swans there, and waiting for her father to return from the war. She’s long since stopped believing in happy endings and miracles, preferring to believe instead in serendipity, or “happy mistakes.” While Nuala revels in the safety and routine of their quiet village life, spunky Finn craves adventure . . . something that comes to her more quickly than expected.

The part where I talk: The summary on goodreads has two more paragraphs after this, so I’m just trimming it because honestly it started getting into spoiler territory. ‘

I love books set in Ireland and I love getting into the mythology of that area, so I’m super excited to read this. Can’t wait! (Oh that pun, it burns.)

Peace and cookies,
Laina

Anne Adaptations: 1934 Anne of Green Gables – Part 4

This is our last real post about the movie. Reminder that these are very image heavy and this one is probably long since it’s the last one.

(Link to Twitter thread.)

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When last we left Anne, she’d almost drowned and then decided to forgive Gilbert Blythe because he saved her life and the movie basically forgot the book existed. We also learned a year had passed since the hayride. The time passage was SUPER clear.

By the way, we’re a bit over an hour into the movie, which is an hour and eighteen minutes long. Are you… sensing a problem here?

Apparently the tree Anne hung off to not die has become Anne and Gilbert’s meeting spot. Near drowning IS so romantic… okay, Anne would actually find that exciting XD I mean, if she was reading it in a book. She didn’t find it very fun when it happened to her.

It’s now spring or summer and – what happened to Anne’s hair?? The green dye scene isn’t in this so why’d she cut it?
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Okay so they don’t want Marilla to find out about all this, Gilbert gives Anne a locket “guaranteed not to turn green”, and then he puts her in a headlock.
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Aaaand now it’s winter again and I don’t understand the timeline of this movie. Seriously like we went through a full set of seasons in like a minute and a half?

Anne gives Gilbert some socks for his birthday while Mrs Barry spies on them from the trees.

This is so cheesy. Gilbert calls her sweetheart and she says she’s been wanting him to do so for three years. Wait, three years??? So Anne is 17? Sooooo technically we’re now actually older than Anne is in the book by the end. Sure. Why not.

They share a very Hayes Code kiss and Mrs Barry makes this face, which, same.
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Also you can see how well hidden she is.

So we transition with a sidewipe. There’s been mostly fade-to-blacks for scene changes and it’s honestly very random when they use a wipe instead. There’s no rhyme nor reason.

Oh, hey, Marilla. Haven’t seen you in a couple years. Mrs Barry completely ratted Anne out and Marilla is ranting at Matthew, who doesn’t care. He’s apparently known all along.

He also makes this face. Ew.
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Seriously, Marilla’s mad and the dialogue is bad. Marilla wouldn’t call Anne an “ingrate”. Especially not now, years into their relationship. The worst she does by the same point, basically, if not even earlier, is say “her head is full of nonsense” and even then she says good things about Anne at the same time and feels kind of bad about it.

OHHHHH Anne is wearing like Leia buns, okay. Sorry, the film quality is obviously not the best here and it’s hard to see details sometimes.
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I’m not sure the movie really gets that wearing her hair up is a sign of adulthood. It’s just randomly done.

Marilla says, “You know what we think of Gilbert Blythe” which – does Anne really? She only found out this stuff because of Diana. Marilla should have no reason to believe Anne knows all the history. Yes, it’s apparently been three years in the movie, but they don’t show any conversations about it or anything. Anne runs off crying because she has like no backbone or spit and fire in this.

And seriously this hairstyle is odd. I’ll go into this more at another point, but it’s weird.
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Marilla comes into Anne’s room to talk to her and this is the moment in my first watch I realized I had to keep track of Anne Shirley’s murder faces.

She wants your soul.
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Marilla makes Anne promise not to see Gilbert again. Apparently that tree is right on the property line of the Blythe and Cuthbert properties which…. fine. Okay, movie. If you want them to be neighbours for no real reason, why not. Marilla tell Gilbert when telling him to stay away from Anne that Anne has “ambitions to make something of herself”. We have not seen any evidence of this in the movie, however.

And says that she’s going to… “normal school”?? There’s no subtitles on this so I must be hearing that wrong.

Gilbert writes her a whiny letter. I don’t read handwriting super well, plus it was only on screen for a few seconds, and I couldn’t pause on my first viewing, and I seriously thought Anne wrote him a Dear John letter. That would have been way funnier.
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Anne wants to try to see him but he’s already gone for… school? Ngl I kind of forgot to make a note and I don’t care to go back. My God I can’t tell you how much this timeline jumps around. I’m at an hour and six minutes!

This all happened in 5 minutes!

But Gilbert Blythe is gone and that’s all that matters!

Now Anne is apparently leaving. Marilla asks Matthew, “What gave you the idea her schooling was going to pinch us?” Which he denies saying and I am honestly so confused.

“Fine thing that’d be for Anne to get wind of,” she says. Ooookay.

I get the gist of the scene, and I understand the dialogue, but it’s never come up before so it doesn’t make sense for it to be suddenly dropped in here.

Anne doesn’t let Matthew drive her to the train station, so she doesn’t cry saying goodbye in front of people which really misses an opportunity to have a book-ended shot of him seeing her off like he picked her up. Seriously how sweet would that be???

In, you know, a competant movie.

They say goodbye, we get a shot that perhaps hasn’t aged the way they meant, and she kisses Matthew on the cheek, thank God.
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Marilla makes this face, and says the line about wishing Anne had stayed little forever, and despite the rest of the movie, it’s still really good.
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Marilla’s actress having her clearly fighting not to break down is great. They again give her one of Matthew’s lines, but she’s so great. Just a glimmer of tears in her eyes and still prickly. Honestly, full kudos to the actress, because they really don’t give her as much character development so she hasn’t softened quite as much as book Marilla eventually does, but I really like what she does anyways.

No, okay, Anne gets a letter and it totally was normal school. Not a term I’d heard before. And I don’t get why they changed Queen’s Academy to “Queen’s Normal School”. That’s not a real place either.

Normal school was also a term for this type of school, but it kind of seems to me like it was a little less common of a term in Canada, especially for Anne’s time period. Just an odd change. Maybe done to help people in the 30s understand it better?

We learn of this change through a letter that says it’s from “Diana Barry Roberts” because that’s right, Diana got married! And didn’t invite her best friend, but that’s cool!

She even only writes her after the fact.
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(This says: “And much has happened in the long time you have been away. And now for the big surprise – I was married last week.)

I have no words.

Also apparently Anne is going to school in the 1930s because seriously, this is not period accurate at all. Outfit, hair, none of it.
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Diana comes to visit Anne at school and it’s underwhelming since we literally haven’t seen her in like an hour of my life and literal years of movie time. She just disappeared. Diana says Gilbert is studying medicine, blah blah blah, and then she just drops it on Anne that Matthew’s sick. She assumed Anne knew.

It’s two weeks til finals and Anne is going to blow them off to rush home. Nice way to say thanks for paying for school. So we greenscreen our way back to Green Gables.

The doctor is there and acts like he knows Anne even though the croup scene never happened and we’ve never seen him before. He says Matthew is too weak to see Anne. He also says Matthew and Marilla have pretty much gone broke sending Anne to school and can’t afford to bring in a specialist. Apparently even the house is mortgaged. Expensive school she just blew off.

The “best man in Canada” is in Nova Scotia and Gilbert Blythe just HAPPENS to be studying under him.

It’s an hour and fifteen minutes in, by the way. The movie has THREE MINUTES left.

Anne goes to see Gilbert, blah blah blah. Gilbert does this and Anne looks dead inside.
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I’m also dead inside by this point, so that’s cool.

The fancy doctor has already left for Green Gables and really this movie as no sense of travel time. Or… Gilbert already sent for him? Yeah that I guess? I guess Gilbert sent for him yesterday and he’s driving by as they look out the window.

I want to be clear the movie is confused, not me. Well, I’m confused too, but the movie is very unclear about where we even are right now. I GUESS Gilbert is back in Avonlea?

Look I also don’t care at this point, tbh. There’s 2 minutes left and I taste freedom.

So the doctor cures Matthew! Because he had some disease that only one guy could cure, apparently. We literally never get an answer on that one.

But Matthew lives!

Okay, then.

Anne goes in to see him. Matthew says Gilbert is a “fine young man” and Marilla bristles but doesn’t say anything.

Matthew: “He might’ve been my boy, once.” And then you’d be siblings, Anne. Or he’d be your uncle? Either way, we’re talking some real VC Andrews action here, Anne.
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Also what part of Matthew’s body is Anne’s head on????
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Marilla goes to get Gilbert, apparently having forgiven him, and we are done.

FREEDOM
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Okay. I think it’s pretty clear what my feelings are here, but I want to bring in Montgomery’s quote about this movie. She… was not a huge fan. “On the whole it is not a bad picture. At least the first two thirds. The last third is a silly sentimental commonplace end tacked on for the sake of rounding it up as a love story”.

I honestly agree. I think my biggest problem is they didn’t seem to want to make an Anne of Green Gables movie. They wanted to make a romance with Anne of Green Gables as the backdrop.

Shirley is fine, but she’s not gonna be on my list of favourite Annes. Aging her up so much is a change I really don’t like, and she doesn’t have enough spunk. She really doesn’t get into that many scrapes or adventures. On the whole, I thought Shirley was just a little too sweet and nice. She doesn’t embody how much of a temper Anne can have, or how much of a grudge she can hold. It’s a very lightened, smoothed over version of Anne.

The movie also chose to cut out SO many events like Diana getting drunk (probably for Hayes Code reasons), Minnie May’s croup, anything with Aunt Josephine, any female character but Diana, especially Miss Stacy and Mrs Allan, and just so many important things. The lack of female relationships especially bothered me. Anne’s friendships with girls are incredibly important to her, and Marilla and Mrs Rachel and Miss Stacy and Mrs Allan are all role models she looks up to.

They hit a handful of the major plot points, but they didn’t seem to understand why they were doing so. It felt very obligatory, like “here are the things we have to do to get to the romance”.

And clearly the romance was added to like 800 times over. Besides that just being kind of annoying and not true to the book, it leaves no room for character growth or any other relationship besides the Anne/Gilbert one. Luce said that it would have been better to have fewer events but go more in depth, and I agree. The pacing is just strange and not good.

I applaud this movie for its historical significance of being the earliest Anne of Green Gables movie that can be seen in its entirety, and also honestly for the greenscreen effects which were pretty state of the art for the time period. It was an interesting experience, and fun because I dragged @soveryqueer along for the ride with me 😛 But I am not a big fan of this one.

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Daniel Mallory Ortberg. “Code Words For ‘Gay’ In Classic Films.” The Toast, 22 May 2015, the-toast.net/2015/05/22/code-words-for-gay-in-classic-films/.

Harris, Paul. “Library of Congress: 75% of Silent Films Lost.” Variety, Variety, 4 Dec. 2013, variety.com/2013/film/news/library-of-congress-only-14-of-u-s-silent-films-survive-1200915020/.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday (66)

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Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was created by Jill Breaking the Spine.

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All the Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Release date: August 1st, 2019
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Summary (from goodreads): When Deena’s wild and mysterious sister Mandy disappears – presumed dead – her family are heartbroken. But Mandy has always been troubled. It’s just another bad thing to happen to Deena’s family. Only Deena refuses to believe it’s true.

And then the letters start arriving. Letters from Mandy, claiming that their family’s blighted history is not just bad luck or bad decisions – but a curse, handed down through the generations. Mandy has gone in search of the curse’s roots, and now Deena must find her. What they find will heal their family’s rotten past – or rip it apart forever.

The part where I talk: This sounds weird and creepy and I’m into weird and creepy. It sounds like a perfect book for that, “It’s the height of summer and I am ready for Halloween” mood.

What are you looking forward to reading this week?

Peace and cookies
Laina

Anne Adaptations: 1934 Anne of Green Gables – Part 3

Today’s post is a doozy. There are a lot of images in this one and it’s just long in general. Let’s do this thing!

(Link to Twitter thread.)

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The day after the slate smashing, Anne is churning butter outside by the tree bench where Diana is sitting and making I think a beaded necklace or bracelet. It’s a bit hard to see. Diana says she should have told Anne that Marilla didn’t like Gilbert and that it’s not his fault.

Brace yourself for this one because I don’t think you’re ready for it.

Apparently Gilbert’s father ran away with the girl who was to marry Matthew. THE GIRL. WHO WAS TO MARRY. MATTHEW.

Movie, wtf?

No, for real, wtf?? Marilla already has backstory with Mr Blythe in the book. Why didn’t you just use that if you wanted to do this? Were you too threatened by the idea someone might not have a romantic history?

Diana says (that she heard her mother say) Matthew was “never the same after that”. She also says “Marilla didn’t get married either because she thought it was her duty to take care of Matthew”.

Right around here I started wondering if this was a Hayes Code thing. Now if you’re not sure what that is, the Hayes Codes, or the “Motion Picture Production Code” was a list of moral guidelines that most of Hollywood agreed to follow in their movies. Some of them included no interracial romance, no “lustful” kissing, and very specifically, no “white slavery”.

While one of them was also “Willful offense to any nation, race or creed”, obviously that was mostly only enforced again for white people. See, Song of the South’s existance tbh, among other movies. I know, Hollywood being racist is shocking.

The Hayes Code was used from 1930 to 1968. However, it really began being strictly enforced mid-1934 – the same year this movie came out. Specifically it came out November of 1934, and only took 6 weeks to film.

There’s one about “ridicule of the clergy” and I actually think Anne’s Sunday school scene might have had to be cut because of that. There’s also not a scene of Diana getting drunk in this movie and I don’t think it would have been allowed under the Hayes Code. I think Anne’s praying scene was probably about as much as they could push it, and might have been tiptoeing at the line, as there’s a bit of silliness. Many films at the time wouldn’t include religion at all for fear of being accused of mocking it.

Now here’s the big one I think might have affected the movie – there’s one about “no sexual perversion” which in 1930s talk includes queer people.

Have y’all ever heard the expression “confirmed bachelor”?

In the past, in Hollywood and also in real life, that was a phrase that was coded to mean gay. I wonder a great deal if, in fact, the makers of the movie were worried that Matthew would come across as gay and went in all hamfisted to try to avoid that.

Back to the recapping, Anne tries to ask both Marilla and Matthew about it, but neither gives her much to go off. And the movie compares itself to Romeo and Juliet a bit here and Luce was annoyed XD

I think Anne and Diana are playing MASH here? They cross off letters in two names and go “love, marriage, friendship, courtship, hate” so… basically MASH.
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Marilla comes down all dressed up for her Aid meeting (called Ladies’ Aid for some reason – why did you need to change the name??? Aid Society was fine and non-gendered) with, of course, her brooch.
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This goes by the book, except this is the first time the picnic is brought up and the picnic is now a hayride. Anne mentions puffed sleeves for the first time as Matthew looks at her like this:
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*shudders*

Actually is this maybe a Hayes Code, too, that it’s a hayride with the school instead of a Sunday school picnic? One of those “avoid religion at all” things. (Also clearly “don’t make fun of religion” means Christinity with a strong Catholic leaning.)

Gilbert is sticking his lunch in the stream, which is actually a thing from the book, as Anne and Diana walk over this adorable little bridge. This is a good set piece.
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Things get… weird, here. Diana asks if Marilla or Matthew will be taking Anne on the hayride. Anne says Marilla wouldn’t, but Matthew might if she asked. (Book!Matthew would hate it and do it for her, and not say a word to anyone there.)

Then Diana says if Anne hadn’t fought with Gilbert, he might have taken her. Anne asks, “What makes you think he wouldn’t now?” And she says, “All I have to do is wave my little finger at Gilbert Blythe and he’ll come a-begging.”

Gilbert makes this face.
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I. No! This is not Anne! She was Not Impressed by Gilbert Blythe! She refused to say his name out loud for THREE YEARS!! She held a grudge! My God this is all kinds of wrong! What is this????

Also apparently it’s Christmas now as Matthew creeps in with a package, and this look on his face.
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(It’s not really Christmas – the movie just decided this big event just happens on a random Tuesday or whatever with no build-up.)

Also it’s probably not coming across how HUGELY frizzy her hair is. I really don’t get it. Slap some butter on it or something.
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We’re gonna come back to hair another time, though.

Marilla’s brooch has gone missing! Anne has her, “I never do the same wrong thing twice line”, which… besides hitting Gilbert, she hasn’t actually DONE anything wrong. Kinda loses the impact there.

Random but it amused me how loud this lightbulb was… though you know, that’s a thing worth mentioning. I don’t actually think they have electricity in Green Gables in the book.
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Okay no joke, can we bring this window back for other adaptations? Anne always was at her window in the book, and like.

This is just the gayest thing ever and I love it.
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Diana says Gilbert is going to take “Alice Wainwright” which… who???? I legit googled that name thinking I had forgotten a character but, no, that is not a character from any Anne book. What even is the point of that??? Why didn’t you use Josie Pye, who Gilbert ACTUALLY TOOK TO THE WHITE SANDS HOTEL CONCERT, or Ruby Gillis, who actually courted a little with him??? What is the point of making up a name???

Anne says, “I’d like to go, if for no other reason than to show I can make Gilbert Blythe eat right out of my hand.”

No! She just wanted freaking ice cream! This is like saying Cinderella wanted the prince when all she wanted was a dress and a night off. Maybe worse, since at this point in the book ANNE AND GILBERT HADN’T EVEN MET. He’d been away all that summer and the picnic was in the summer!

I actually can’t here.

You know what even annoys me more is that book!Anne basically did have Gilbert eating out of her hand at this point. Remember the part where she’s been snubbing him for years and he picks her spring flowers that she loves? How about the Christmas concert (which is WHEN SHE GETS THE DRESS THIS TIMELINE IS ANNOYING) when one of the roses falls out of her hair and he quietly picks it up and keeps it???

RAGE.

Yada yada, this spurs her to confess, she makes it up, no hayride, etc. Only real difference here is *Matthew* finds the brooch on Marilla’s shawl. They keep putting him in scences he wasn’t even there for in the book.

Marilla’s much harsher, too.

Luce pointed out that having Matthew find the brooch completely changes the scene. (Thanks, sweet pea.) Marilla could have pretended it was lost still, but she owned up to her mistake and apologized completely on her own. Here, with Matthew finding it in front of Anne, it puts her on the spot and she has no choice but to apologize.

We do however get a brooch close-up! It’s pretty.
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Marilla is perfect in this scene, though. When she asks why Anne confessed to something she didn’t do, her voice is soft, but stern.

And look at her face.
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This honestly is casting the best person for the role even if they don’t 100% fit the physical descriptions of the character. This actress is my favourite of the entire cast.

It’s hayride time! Ready to see Anne’s dream dress, the one with the perfect puffed sleeves and all the amazing detail that made her cry in happiness and even Marilla thought was pretty?

Wow. My mind is blown.
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This is not the dress Montgomery was describing. We’re going to go into clothing more at a later date, but wow. I am underwhelmed. It’s honestly not even trying.

She says hello to Gilbert and he snubs her and it’s all very silly and I don’t like it.

But seriously this dress is kind of terrible. And where’d Matthew get it anyways??? In like a day and a half? Hello, plot hole.
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She still looks kind of underdressed and drab compared to the other girls. The skirt is way less puffy and there’s like no details like ribons or anything. It’s still very plain.

Blah blah blah, a while later (it’s unspecified) Gilbert catches Anne walking to school and annoys me and her both. She calls him “a character” and he looks like this:
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And then. He has the nerve. To say he think she reads too much.

And my head explodes in rage.

Gilbert Blythe likes that Anne Shirley reads a lot! He reads a lot too! It’s a thing they have in common, to the point that Ruby Gillis compares them when talking about him! He like that Anne is his academic equal and enjoys their (in his mind friendly) rivalry! When Anne finally, after three years, agrees to be his friend, his first thought is that he wants to study with her because she keeps him on his toes!

I am actually enraged.

He also grabs her when she tries to leave. In the book, Gilbert “laid a detaining hand on her arm” but that’s only to get her attention so he can apologize. Again. After doing so for 3 years. And also after saving her life. This Gilbert basically does it to hit on her.

GREAT.

“One of these days you’ll be glad to have me for a beau,” he says.

“I have a beau,” Anne says. She claims her beau is too grown-up for hayrides and that’s why he wasn’t there.

…would anyone happen to have something stronger to slip in my tea?

When we finally get to school, a former student of Phillips’, Herbert Root, has one the Junior Student’s Prize in an essay contest.

Anne pretends to drop this:
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Again this is basically MASH, eh? Or a version of it. Gilbert picks it up and gets jealous.

Anne continues this ruse through lunch and until our immediate cut to the next week.

Guess who’s visiting their classroom today? HERBERT ROOT HIMSELF.

He talks about his essay and it’s boring. It was about the Lady of Challot and unrequited love and blah blah blah he’s boring. The others kind of push her to go talk to him and obviously he has no clue who she is.
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This scene is just awkward and weird.

Editing Laina: Okay, while Herbert Root is a kind of hilarious name, you know what would have been an awesome name to use here? Moody Spurgeon MacPherson.

Anne runs away and finds Matthew tying up a boat. I guess he was fishing or something, and the movie needs him in every scene instead of allowing any other character to be developed. Now instead of the class having studied Tennyson under Miss Stacy, and the girls deciding to re-enact it for fun, it’s just Anne doing it because she’s embarassed and kind of overdramatic.

Sigh.

Oh God please don’t touch the child, you creep.
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Strangely, Anne comes off as more overdramatic because this scene is way less theatric than it is in the book. Anne just floats off. There’s no black shawl, no gold (yellow) crepe piano scarf, no flower, even. She just says a few lines of the poem alone and goes. The boat starts leaking for no reason. It doesn’t even bump over anything. Anne just flops her hand down and there’s water in the bottom.

We greenscreen towards a… thing? Tree trunk? I’m not sure what this is.
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Honestly I’m not knocking the greenscreen effects. For the time, they were good and they’re still fine for what they are.

Though for some reason, I don’t think this is Shirley.
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She also apparently lost the oar they showed her using before which probably would have helped her reach this land that’s five feet away.
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OH MY GOD LUCE REMEMBERED THE SCENE DIFFERENTLY THAN ME AND I WENT BACK AND CHECKED. ANNE DELIBERATELY THROWS THE PADDLE INTO THE WATER BEFORE LAYING DOWN.

WHAT WAS HER PLAN HERE???? Okay yeah, they don’t use the oar in the book, but that was something they’d DONE BEFORE and only an unexpected accident changed it. Not to mention she just lost Matthew’s oar! ON PURPOSE.

Luckily ole Gilbert happens to be walking by making the only face he knows how to make, the blank stare of confusion.
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A large tree branch comes out of nowhere so Anne can grab it. I guess a bridge cost too much.

She hangs there for a minute and – seriously, you’re two feet from the ground. Look, I’m trying not to overdo the screencaps, but the movie is making that difficult.
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Gilbert offers much helpful advice like “Don’t be afraid” and “Don’t let go” and then helps pull her up in… actually a realistic way.

I hate complimenting this movie.

He grabs her arms one at a time to pull them around his neck, and then uses the tree limb to help support her as he uses his whole torso to help pull her up, not just pulling her with his arms. Yeah, there’s probably a person whose hands she’s standing on out of sight, but I’m not gonna lie, that was well done.

This may be the last point you get, movie. Take it gracefully.

Ugh. Anne says he hurt her feelings by making fun of her hair and Gilbert says it’s because he couldn’t “take my eyes off it” and it was nice to look at. “When I tried to tell you about it, I guess I didn’t say it right.”

ARE YOU KIDDING ME, MOVIE?

Does this look like the face of a compliment?????
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Anne falls for this and frogives him. She says, “You are entitled to a reward – and I shall kiss you.”

This is so off book. I can’t.

Gilbert says he wants Anne to be “his girl”.

We suddenly skip ahead to fall? I guess???? Anne’s wearing a shawl and the trees don’t have leaves. They’re still having the same conversation, though, and Gilbert says he always liked Anne and that’s why he teased her.

Good message, movie.

Oh, apparently it’s been over a year since the hayride, according to Gilbert. Um. Okay. They rehash that whole thing and honestly I need a break. We’ll finish the movie next week.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday (65)

can't wait wednesday threeCan’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was created by Jill Breaking the Spine. Buy links include affiliate links, and I can earn a small commission if you purchase through them.

Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg

Release date: July 9th, 2019
Amazon / Book Depository / Indiebound

Summary (from goodreads): Small-town Wisconsin high school senior Allison Smith loves her life the way it is-spending quality time with her widowed father and her tight-knit circle of friends, including best friend Marian and maybe-more-than-friends Neil.

Sure, she is stressed out about college applications . . . who wouldn’t be? In a few short months, everything’s going to change, big time.

But when Ally files her applications, they send up a red flag . . . because she’s not Allison Smith. And Ally’s-make that Amanda’s-ordinary life is suddenly blown apart. Was everything before a lie? Who will she be after? And what will she do as now comes crashing down around her?

The part where I talk: You know what this reminds me of? Did any of you ever read The Face on the Milk Carton? I read like that entire series as a kid and I loved them. I think it’d be really interesting to see something similar done in a modern-day setting.

So it’s almost summer! What are you all excited about reading this summer?

Peace and cookies,
Laina