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Well it took five months, but last Friday I finished book eight of Anne of Green Gables.  The last book picked up somewhat from the idle gossip of books 5-6-7, and was a bit of a history lesson for World War I (from a tiny snippet from the other side of the world perspective). 

My biggest gripe with the books is the lack of any real character development (and lack of plot!).  You'd occasionally get insights into characters, but mostly they seemed pretty shallow to me.  And you are never kept up to date with the characters you got to know and like from book one.  They barely rate a mention in later books.  Like Diana, Anne's best friend through her youth is still called "Aunty Diana" but she's mentioned all of twice later on (give or take).  And poor Marilla aged and aged and you wondered if she was ever going to die (which of course she did unceremoniously between books seven and eight).  The books spent far too much time on boring side stories that had no real meaning for the story and uninteresting gossip.

I really did want to like these books, but really only the first one was any good, with the next three "ok". 

I was going to read the Little House on the Prairie series next, but not sure if in the mood for them...

Anne.. book 4..

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So I've just finished reading book four of the Anne of Green Gables series. 
Half way through!

I have to say that reading them has been quite pleasureable, but also a little annoying. 

There's so little plot!!  So little conflict or turmoil.  Anne just seems to live this charmed life where everything goes right for her and everyone she touches is blessed.  The books are written more as little serials where each little adventure takes only a chapter or two and then you never hear of it again.  Throughout the series you are left wondering what is happening to Diana and Gilbert, as in book four you barely hear a peep over three years what is happening to them. 

The second movie was a mish-mash of stories from the second-fourth books.  I do rememeber the Pringle conflict in the movie sequel that came up in the fourth book, but the way it was dealt with in the book was so *silly* and *as if* prejudices could evaporate so quickly!

Don't get me wrong, I'm really enjoying reading these books.. it's just that they kinda lack *something*.. and don't know how much they'd stand up to repeated readings...
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