Film/TV Adaptations of Montgomery's Works
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My husband and I just finished watching Tales from Avonlea, the miniseries very loosely based on The Story Girl, Chronicles of Avonlea and Further Chronicles of Avonlea books. They were enjoyable but I didn't think they were as good as the Anne movies.
So what are your thoughts on the adaptations? Are there any other than the Sullivan ones I've mentioned? I would LOVE to see a good adaptation of the Emily books....
I have been hoping for years that someone would 'do' the Emily books. They are my favorite of Montgomery's works. Though I no longer think I want the Sullivan Studio's to do it after making such a hash job with the last Anne movie.
I've watched part of the RTA series and I do enjoy them. They're wholesome in the way of Little House in the Prairie so they're fun to watch.
If you're interested: http://www.avonleatreasures.com/forums/index.php? - we have a lot of fun there.
Oh, and I thought that Frank Converse was the absolute WORST actor ever!
*my 2 cents* :)
There is also scuttlebutt that Kevin Sullivan is releasing a fourth Anne movie, apparently a prequel; however, I don't know any details beyond that. I seem to recall reading something that Megan Follows will not be a part of it.
Kevin Sullivan needs to have his head examined. *rollseyes*
The TV film mentioned by jannief looks like a very 'romantic' version of Anne's early life - but then this would certainly be in keeping with Anne's character! However, I've just read Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson and thought it an excellent prequel to the series (if you ignore the occasional discrepancy), and wonder if this book would have been a better model for the new film of Anne's life pre-Avonlea.
#3: It looks like they made a lot of changes to the Emily stories for the TV series. I don't like tampering like that — don't think I'll be checking those out. But thanks for the info :)
#4: I'll have to check out that messageboard. It looks fun :) And yes, Kevin Sullivan does need his head examined. I will never understand how he could produce something so wonderful as the first two Anne movies and the Road to Avonlea series (with a few exceptions) and then go on to mutilate the original source material so terribly as he did in the third Anne movie. And now this! *sigh*
My husband and I recently fell in love with the Road to Avonlea series. It ran for seven seasons in Canada, and I can see why! With a few exceptions (like the terrible episode with Cecily in the sanatorium), this series has been absolutely brilliant. We are finishing up the last three episodes tonight, and I'm kind of sad the series will be over for us. I have never really gotten into TV shows, but I understand now a bit why people get addicted to them. You feel like you're part of the characters' lives, crazy as that is.
Yes, do check out that messageboard. We're pretty much all former/current members of the Anne forum on Sullivan's site. When his site was experiencing technical difficulties and was down for quite awhile, two other forums were started up and this is one of them.
I signed up at AvonleaTreasures. It looks like I have to be approved before I can start posting. Just what I needed, another online hobby... :-)
I'll look to see if season 7 is available yet on Netflix.
I also hated Anne 3. If you watch the original trailer for the movie Anne actually kisses Jack. I was horrified. But Kevin came to his senses and did not put that into the movie. Can we say: fan revolt! Did anyone catch at the beginning how the time pass between Anne of Avonlea and The Continuing Story was ONLY 6 years? Give me a break. I tried watching it a few more times over the years but I just can't do it. Anne would NEVER move on from Gilbert so quickly if he had died. Ugh! Fans of the books, would have been perfectly happy with anything taken from the book. Now i understand they wanted the movie to match the Road to Avonlea movie, also about the war, but come on, Rilla anyone? I loved Rilla of Ingleside. I would have been thrilled to see her story.
The tv series, Road to Avonlea, is amazing. I love love love this series. I started watching this series when I was 6. I am 25 and I STILL watch it. I had originally bought the VHS tapes, and then bought the dvd's. Unfortunately some have become scratched and lost when I moved. I hope they get cheaper soon because i intend to re buy them.
I don't know about this prequel. I haven't seen it yet or even checked to see if it's been released. I will watch it out of loyalty to the series and because i adore Patricia Hamilton who reprises her role as Rachel Lynde. They have a new adult Anne. The adult Anne is probably around Megan Follows age and unfortunately not played by her. So it starts off with adult Anne finding a secret letter in the floor boards of GREEN GABLES? Um, okay how did that get there? I guess i'll find out when I watch it.
Well, i just wrote a lot for forgotten thread, so more people write please. :)
although I suspect in those days, they took quite a few liberties with story-lines. The lead actress changed her name to Anne Shirley when she did the film.
I really loved the first two 'Anne' mini-series with Megan Follows, because they were true to the books. I'm sorry to hear that the other films are such a departure.