Canadians and people around the globe are familiar with Anne Shirley of beloved Canadian television show Anne of Green Gables. It’s almost like a Canadian custom of passage to learn about adventures of Anne, and the majority of us can happily explain the raspberry cordial scene or the young damsel’s burning crush for school pal Gilbert Blythe.
So, it seems almost heretical to mess with the formula, to take something so pure and frankly Canadian and alter it nay any path. That’s accurately what Netflix has done with the CBC and Netflix co-production of Anne, which begins upon the United States streaming service on 12th of May. The company is not even going with the real title, either; it’s converted it to Anne With an ‘E’, referring to one of Anne’s personal quotes from the novel.
This is a relatively fresh progress- up until now, Netflix had been advertising the show as Anne. Along the way, the title got converted. On a streaming service providing titles like Riverdale and other racy teen shows, how can sugary, saccharine Anne compare? Netflix, for its part, struggles that the name change is strict to permit similarity in all of its regions.
Netflix said in statement, “Outside of Canada, Anne will be called Anne With an E, which is a title we are able to use globally,” also added, “Fans of Anne Shirley know that if she couldn’t be named Cordelia then she’d settle for her given name – but only if spelled with an ‘e.’ Anne always insists her name be spelled properly and the title speaks to her plucky outspokenness.”
That’s not the only thing this streaming service has conversed about Anne: the CBC version’s real poster appearance to have airbrushed and saturated, masking 15-year-old Anne actor Amybeth McNulty’s patches, flawed teeth and hair. The background is light, golden and almost fantastic in comparison to the original poster, which looks far darker, and some might claim, more representative of Prince Edward Island weather.
Many diehard Anne fans and pedants are not happy with the Anne makeover, especially considering Anne’s story is one of individuality, and how she stands out from the drive. To make her facile another perfect-looking being devalues the very spirit of the tale of the orphan.
CBC even asked some people on the streets of Charlottetown, P.E.I, what their opinion on ‘adjusted’ poster. One woman said that “it looks like they’re trying to make her look more glamorous or prettier or something.”