Monday, April 15, 2013

Blogging A to Z: M is for L.M. Montgomery

Welcome to the Blogging From A to Z Challenge!

My theme for 2013 is Influential Women Authors.

My definition of influential is any author, classic or modern, who has inspired writers, readers, or the larger scope of culture. Some are personal favorites, or have special meaning to me.

What this list is not: a list of the most influential writers of all time. Rather, this is a collection of influential writers, corresponding with each day's letter.

For the full list of participating blogs, click here.

M: L.M. Montgomery

image: Goodreads
Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote the Anne of Green Gables series, about orphaned Anne Shirley and her adventures on Prince Edward Island. While this book and possibly Anne of Avonlea are her most popular, she has a total of eight books in the series, ending with an adult Anne sending her son off to war. As a kid, I'd seen the 1980s miniseries before I'd read the book, which is still a favorite childhood movie of mine.

What makes the series so timeless is Anne's stubborn tomboyishness, and her escapades with her friends--her kindred spirits. She's silly and adventurous, which makes her someone to root for when she seems to have everything set against her from the start.

The L.M. Montgomery Institute, located at the University of Prince Edward Island, organizes a bi-annual conference about the author. Several sites, including her Cavendish home, have been named historical sites and tourist destinations.

Have you seen the Anne of Green Gables series, or read any of the books?


  1. I"ve read the whole series, more than once. Love them! :)

  2. Oh my gosh I love L.M. Montgomery. I've read all the Anne of Green Gables books, and I loved The Blue Castle too. And the miniseries is wonderful! Good choice for M!

    1. I'd like to read some of her other books, and revisit the miniseries :)

  3. Excellent choice for M! Would you believe I still have the set of Anne of Green Gables books my dad gave me starting my 10th or 11th birthday? Every now and then I threaten to dig them out and read them again. :)

    Sherrey at Healing by Writing

  4. Good god, that series was from the 80s? I watched it ALL THE TIME when I was younger. I was a bit obsessed with Anne when I was younger. I've been to a play, too. Being Canadian = learning about Anne at an early age. I haven't yet made it to PEI to the actual Green Gables but hope to in the next couple of years. I keep meaning to reread them and some of Montgomery's other novels. Such an awesome series :)

  5. I've read Anne of Green Gables many times. It helped me through some awful middle school years. As a gawky, bookish red-head, I want to be Anne. I enjoyed the TV series but I feel they miscast the role of Gilbert Blythe - he should have been meaner and more handsome. Each of my nieces have received an illustrated copy of Anne of Green Gables for their tenth birthdays.


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