Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Anne of Green Gables Flashbacks

"I saw myself in a long skirt and a high-necked lace blouse with my hair piled up on my head. I saw Edward looking dashing in a light suit with a bouquet of wildflowers in his hand, sitting beside me on a porch swing.

I shook my head and swallowed. I was just having Anne of Green Gables flashbacks." - Eclipse, p. 277

Therein lies the motivation for reading Anne of Green Gables! It was just a small segment, but in the context of the passage - Edward and Bella discussing why Bella was having such a hard time accepting Edward's requirement of marriage before he would change her to a vampire - it was vitally important to me to understand what she meant!

What prompted Bella's Green Gables Flashback was Edward explaining to her that he was "that boy". In the time he was living in before he was changed, he was considered a man. He told Bella that if he had found her then, he would have "gotten down on one knee and endeavored to secure your hand. I would have wanted you for eternity, even when the word didn't have quite the same connotations." (p. 277)

It still boggles my mind that she was so against the idea of marrying him. ::shaking head:: What is WRONG with her?? Even if I had been totally opposed to it before, after that little explanation, I'm quite certain I would have changed my mind! ;)

Later when Alice shows Bella the wedding dress she has had made for her, Bella thinks, "It was my Anne of Green Gables vision all over again." (Eclipse, p. 614). Of course, now that I've read Anne, I can't help but picture Bella's wedding dress as having "puffed sleeves"! LOL I'm sort of hoping that's not the case! ;)

So, is Edward Cullen really a Gilbert Blythe?? I have a hard time picturing Edward ever pulling a girl's hair and calling her names! But maybe he did when he was young and human!? I guess as I read more about Gilbert and get to know him better, I'll be able to compare them! LOL


TL said...

I love the idea here, of looking at the books mentioned throughout the saga. However, I noticed there isn't any Shakespeare. No plans to look at "The Merchant of Venice", "A Midsummer Night's Dream" or "Romeo and Juliet"? They are all wonderful plays, and offer some very relevant (and interesting) insight into the plot progression/themes of the saga.
Either way, I think this is a wonderful idea and I'll be checking back to follow your discussions.(I am currently reading "Wuthering Heights", so I'll be checking back here to compare notes when I'm done!)

Niffercoo said...

Hello, TL! Welcome to Bella's Bookshelf. I didn't forget about Shakespeare, but the plays in their original forms are truly beyond my grasp right now! I have read the Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night's Dream in a children's retelling found in Shakespeare Stories by Leon Garfield, and Charles and Mary Lamb's Shakespeare for Children. I purchased the complete version of A Midsummer Night's Dream to attempt, but it won't be during 2009. I have a friend who loves Shakespeare, so maybe she will be willing to be my Shakespeare tutor? :)

Enjoy Wuthering Heights, and please come back to share your thoughts!