Sunday, April 1, 2012
A is For... Anne & Anne
As I've mentioned previously, I signed up for the the A to Z Challenge in April. The main purpose is to improve your blogging skills by committing to write 26 posts, all themed to the daily letter (and we get most Sundays off for good behavior). You are also encouraged to check out other bloggers who have signed up for the challenge... there are a TON of people playing along.
I decided that I wanted to have a unifying theme for all my posts, so I decided to go with fictional characters who I love or relate to. Books have been my friends, companions, and heroes all my life. They have seen me through every major life event, from a turbulent childhood to my happy marriage, from long, leisurely afternoons in the library when I was a kid to surviving two miscarriages and my battle with infertility. Nowadays, I share my passion for books with our wee sweet girl, Ginny.
Today's characters are my two favourite Annes.
When I was 11 years old, I discovered the wonderful world of Anne Shirley (aka Anne of Green Gables). I think it was the first really long book I ever read. It taught me the meaning of the word fortnight. I was drawn to Anne's imagination, her sense of melodrama, and all the ridiculous situations in which she found herself (one of my favourites being the cow-in-the-cabbages scene in Anne of Avonlea). She's a character who grew with me, and there are parts of her story that have touched me differently over the years. A couple of years ago, I reread "Anne's House of Dreams" and when I got to the birth of her first daughter, it slammed me to the ground, and I understood her pain in a profoundly different way. If you haven't taken the time to read the series, I highly recommend it.
When I was a freshman in college, I discovered the wonders of Jane Austen. It started with "Pride & Prejudice" (of course) but I quickly devoured her other novels. Anne Elliot from "Persuasion" quickly supplanted Emma, Lizzy, and Eleanor for top spot in my heart. Her patience with her increasingly infuritating family, her integrity, and the obvious undying love she holds in her heart for Captain Wentworth all moved me. There's something so endearing about how misunderstood she is by almost everyone in her life. "Persuasion" isn't usually the tops of anyone's list of Austen's works, but for me, it is the one that gives me goosebumps every time I read it.
(And now, I'm going to have to go back and re-read these books again soon. I miss them.)
Do you have any favourite "A" fictional characters?