Any time that you make changes to a classic, people are going to take notice. Well… notice the picture to the left? That’s the new cover on the latest edition of Anne of Green Gables. As the news story points out “(Anne) is now a busty blonde propped up against a bail of hay.” Yup. She sure is.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never read any of the Anne of Green Gables books, but I think that I know enough of the story to have a somewhat different image in mind when I picture the title character. What happened to sweet, innocent, red-haired Anne? Is that not the real Anne of Green Gables in these stories?
I certainly don’t hate the new cover. As far as covers go, it’s got a certain appeal. But I’m sorry… that’s not Anne of Green Gables. I’m disappointed that the publisher felt they needed to portray Anne like a country vixen.
In our current culture of hyper-sexualized media, beloved Anne appears to be just the latest starlet to fall from grace.