Growing up, for some reason I was drawn to the characters written by Lucy Maude Montgomery. For as long as I can remember, Anne of Green Gables was my favorite story. I remember watching the movies over and over, and even though I owned them on VHS, if they were being aired on tv I was sure to tune in.
As I got older, I read the books - I have read the entire series of books 3 or 4 times, and even as an adult I still love them.
When I was out in Halifax for a family reunion as a child, my father took me on the ferry over to PEI, and I had a chance to visit LM Montgomery's house. (My brother and cousin that were dragged along didn't appreciate it, but I sure did) We didn't have the chance to see the play (which I still long to see) but being there, seeing her house and property was something that meant a lot to me. 22 years later, I would still love to go back.
When I think of Anne, I will forever think of Megan Follows - as she is the one who brought her to life (for me). When I heard last week that a US publisher was changing the cover of the book, and that the new "Anne" had blonde hair I was shocked. Anne is a redhead. Her hair colour is actually QUITE significant to the book and to the character.
After originally reading about the change, I was reading through Tales of a Ranting Ginger and found her take on it also. To see a picture of the new cover, you can check out her blog.