Have you experienced Anne-girl, the redheaded orphan from L.M. Montgomery's famous Anne of Green Gables series? If you've never read it, perhaps I should say that she's a very precocious young reader (with dramatically poetic aspirations). You could almost compare her to Jo (from Little Women), but Anne's fiery red hair and a penchant for getting into trouble (without any real intention behind many of her exploits) makes her a singular personality in my mind.
Have I mentioned that she has RED HAIR? While others tease her with allusions to carrots, it's very clear from the first pages that her hair is an unendurable tragedy (in her mind). She dreams of a day when she will have autumn hair (beautiful tresses). She attempts to speed up the potential evolution of her hair color (this time to "raven black") by dying it--with disastrous, though comical, results.
Do you remember?
If you read the books (or even if you watched the movies), you'll remember why Anne's red hair was of such great importance...
So, we can ALL ask: "Whose bright idea was it to change Anne's hair color?" Seriously?
Anne Shirley, our quirky, be-freckled spit-fire has become "a blonde, buxom farm girl" in a new edition of the novel, according to The Guardian. Is that really the way we want to capture the reader's attention? Or is the idea for us to compare Anne with controversial characters like Lolita?
What are your thoughts?