Book Lovers Are Furious That Anne of Green Gables Is Now a Sexy Blonde

The Atlantic

As anyone who has read Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic orphan tale Anne of Green Gables over the last 105 years can tell you, its protagonist is supposed to be a rather homely looking ginger. But the cover of an anthology (above) published in November on Amazon from a self-publisher called CreateSpace has readers reaching peak dye-job hysteria right now. And rightfully so: Since when is Anne of Green Gables supposed to look like an Abercrombie & Fitch model?

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Here's a sampling of some of the 162 single-star ratings — and counting — that the new version of the novel has garnered on its Amazon page since CreateSpace released it: 

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And some users aren't too pleased with the modern new wardrobe of a book that was written... in 1908:

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And, yes, there is a Michelle Williams comparison: 

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Montgomery, of course, conjured Anne as a much younger girl than this newfound, self-published mockery, and she clearly has red hair. Here's evidence from the pages:

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And one more passage:

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Fans, understandably, want Anne to be pictured the way Montgomery wrote her — you know, more like this...

...or any of the other red-headed Annes depicted on covers throughout the novel's history.

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