An 'Anne of Green Gables' Miniseries Is Making Us Nostalgic for These Books, Too

Anne of Green Gables screen shot

Do you call your besties "bosom friends"? Does hearing the name Gilbert Blythe make your heart start to beat just a bit faster? If you’ve answered yes to either of those questions, then I’m guessing you’re as excited as I am that Anne of Green Gables is being reimagined as an eight-part TV miniseries (called Anne) for Canada’s CBC network. The best part? It’s being written by Breaking Bad’s Moira Walley-Beckett ...

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Now, I’m guessing she won’t be working crystal meth into the world of Avonlea, but I’m really, really hoping she’ll put her awesome, modern woman’s perspective into classic scenes like this one, where Anne first arrives at her new home refusing to remain quiet and meek:

I mean, just like Walley-Beckett says, the series is already full of "contemporary issues: feminism, prejudice, bullying, and a desire to belong." I think it will be amazing to see the 21st century version of everyone’s favorite redhead! 

All that excitement got me thinking ... if Anne can make it on TV twice, can’t even one of these other awesome book series make their way into our living rooms? 

Just imagine: If we’re heading back to the 1800s, wouldn’t the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace make for amazing TV? The strong female friendships, the character development ... and the satisfaction when we get to see the girls married with kids? (Those old-school happy endings never fail to leave me teary-eyed!) 

Betsy-Tacy book cover

Or what about Anastasia Krupnik (Lois Lowry’s slightly bespectacled girl with a little pink wart on her finger)? Between the sibling rivalry with her "pesky younger brother" and the pressure to achieve for her Harvard-professor dad, what kid -- or, ahem, adult -- today couldn’t relate? 

 Anastacia Krupnick by Lois Lowry

Picking up on that sibling rivalry thing, the on-screen conflict would get even more interesting with the sister-on-sister violence coming from Beverly Cleary’s Beezus and Ramona. I know it already made it to the big screen, but how awesome would it be if Selena Gomez got to play Beezus again -- but on TV, and every week instead of just a one-shot deal?

 Beezus and Ramona book

Or if you need a bit more drama, why not turn Caroline B. Cooney’s The Face on the Milk Carton, Whatever Happened to Janie, and The Voice on the Radio into a more modern version of the original TV movie? I’m thinking a little bit CSI, a little bit Deadly Adoption, and a whole lot of awesome! 

The Face on the Milk Carton book 

Now tell me: What books from your youth would you love to see make their way onto TV?

 

Images via Sullivan Entertainment/YouTube; Betsy-Tacy and Tib/Amazon.com; Anastasia Krupnik/Amazon.com; Beezus and Ramona/Amazon.com; The Face on the Milk Carton/Amazon.com

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