Review: Anne with an E


Patricia De la Cal, Reporter

Disclaimer: Do not read if you haven’t watched the show. Some things might be spoiled!

Anne with an E is a three-season long Netflix show about a Scottish orphan living in Canada. This show was adapted from L. M. Montgomery’s novel Anne of Green Gable’. This coming-of-age story is about a young orphan whose parents died. Because of this she spent her childhood in abusive foster homes and orphanages, until one day she was accidentally sent to live with Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, a couple of aging siblings who were just looking for extra help on their farm in the town of Avonlea. 

Described by some to have “the devil inside her” because of her crazy imagination, her amazing way with words which won’t let her stop talking, and her showy red hair and freckles, Anne Shirley Cuthbert proves to be the most imaginative, intelligent, high-spirited girl in town. She challenges the ideas the town has about orphans, family values, and especially women many times throughout the series.

Although the show finishes with Anne and her love interest getting together after much build-up, it is not the central plot of the story. This show very clearly chooses what stories to tell and which to leave untold. Anne with an E isn’t a show to make the whole plot about the typical teen clichés or prejudices from that era. It also doesn’t have historically accurate attitudes about either race or sexuality. It tells the stories of the people who have always existed, and it includes feminist, queer, and ethnical narratives. Anne with an E is a show which will definitely be worth your watch: it’s entertaining, it keeps you on your toes at times, and it definitely made me think and reflect.