What a Google search has to say about Anne with an E:

This reimagining of the classic book and film is a coming-of-age story about a young orphan who is seeking love, acceptance and her place in the world. Amybeth McNulty stars as Anne, a 13-year-old who has endured an abusive childhood in orphanages and the homes of strangers. In the late 1890s, Anne is mistakenly sent to live with aging siblings, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, who live on Prince Edward Island. Anne, who proves to be uniquely spirited, imaginative and smart, transforms the lives of Marilla, Matthew and everyone else in their small town.

And what I found in a stupid review of “Every Netflix Original Show, Ranked from Best to Worst”:

“Netflix’s re-imagination of the beloved book series takes place in the 1890s and follows a young orphan who has endured abuse both at orphanages and the homes of strangers. Things begin to look up when 13-year-old Anne is mistakenly sent to live with her aging sibling on Prince Edward Island. In this welcoming small town, Anne is finally able to unleash her spirited and unique personality.

“The series starts off as quite bland and then, somehow, manages to become even duller. The acting is forgettable and Anne with an E does not do justice to the original source material. Although it’s beautifully shot, the serene landscapes cannot make up for the dreary dialogue and snoring plot lines There’s a high chance you’ll fall asleep while watching this snoozefest.”

You see the problem? (Not the typo I copied and pasted.) Anne is not sent to live with “her aging sibling”; she is sent to live with “aging siblings, Marilla and Matthew.” The nincompoop who wrote this stupid review had A. not read the books, and B. not watched the series either. She plagiarized the summary from another source, and got the details wrong because she A. had not read the books, nor B. actually watched the series. Stupid. So. Dishonest, stupid, and, I don’t know, did I mention stupid? How could she possibly know plot?

I only found this review from November of 2018 this morning. A more careful reading of her sources or actually watching the series, not to mention a quick read of the Wikipedia page would have aided this reviewer.

Some of our favorites made the “Best” ranking, but we were surprised to find others missing. It’s all about opinion, of course, like it or not. The reviewer is certainly entitled to her opinion, but when her opinion is so clearly misinformed and borrowed—I can think of no more polite a term—where is the credibility? I was never a fan of the Anne of Green Gables books (or the Little House on the Prairie series either—the class and race and gender issues put me off), but my husband and I were delighted with what was done with Anne.

Anne with an E is a story for grown-ups. Some children’s stories are best left to childhood.

It’s a little like trying to reread the Black Stallion series and then realizing it is no longer enough that the leading character is a horse. Instead, watch the gorgeous film version, a collaboration between one of the greatest cinematographer and editor teams ever.

In any event, the rest of this reviewer’s rankings did not mesh well with our opinions. In many cases her “Best” was unwatchable while wildly popular series such as Grace and Frankie were marked as “So-So.” I only chose to read the one complete review because it surprised me. Why would I trust the rest of her rankings?

It is worth noting that while Anne with an E ranked the “Worst.” On another site, I read this morning at least 97% of actual watchers loved it according to a another source. So do we.


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