Anne of Green Gables is now a blond Playboy centerfold

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StewieGriffinsMom Thu 07-Feb-13 10:35:35

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FastidiaBlueberry Tue 12-Feb-13 20:20:01

I think that's what so depressing about it SGB - the fact that they are too fucking stupid to know what they're doing. They just unthinkingly buy into sexualisation because they have shit where their brains should be.

It's a bit naff and sad in a general way that classic books can be repacked by assorted shit-for-brains. But I agree with those who said that this being sheer stupidity rather than an aggressive active attempt to impress on all young women that they need to be SEXY, is less frightening. Someone would have gone, right, it's about a girl growing up on a farm. Pwhoooar, sexy landgirl picture (totally ignoring the hair colour, the age, and the fact that, er, women didn't wear checked shirts like that in 1899 or whatever).

Yes cheerful ISWYM, after I had dd I stop hanging out on AIBU and pretty much moved over to FWR full time grin..

You accept certain things for yourself and then get scared shitless when you have to accept certain things for your daughter.

AnneofGreenFables Mon 11-Feb-13 19:35:37

I'm affronted on more levels than usual (and that's saying something!) grin

CheerfulYank Sun 10-Feb-13 01:34:49

I am telling Mumsnet. smile Yes, it is! I'm sooo excited, but this kind of thing worries me so much more now iyswim.

Is it a girl cheerful?, are you telling people now? <nosy>

TunipTheVegedude Sat 09-Feb-13 09:56:25

Oh, CheerfulYank! <hugs>

V interesting re copyright. What would we do, suppose we were that publisher? I imagine we would use a monochrome image, or else to find one of a girl who wasn't a redhead but was in the spirit of Anne - a bit thin, thoughtful, dreamy. It was still no excuse for them to resort to That Pose.

CheerfulYank Sat 09-Feb-13 02:56:42

I was so upset by this that I cried last night. blush It was more to do with pregnancy hormones and the fact that I've found out the baby is a girl, but this whole Anne thing definitely set it off.

What am I supposed to say to my daughter? Anne is clever and kind and hard working and loyal, but that's not enough apparently. To want to read about her, you have to have an image in your head of a blonde, sexualized teenager? It's not enough to be imaginative, not enough to be a caring friend, or any of those other things Anne is. I should just tell my DD to concentrate on being pretty right from the get-go. sad

I read today that the works of L.M. Montgomery are public domain, but the "image" of Anne belongs to someone. So someone tried to self publish it and used an image that looked nothing like Anne so as not to infringe on the copyright.

A fucking disgrace. angry

piprabbit Sat 09-Feb-13 02:27:56

"A child of about eleven, garbed in a very short, very tight, very ugly dress of yellowish-gray wincey. She wore a faded brown sailor hat and beneath the hat, extending down her back, were two braids of very thick, decidedly red hair. Her face was small, white and thin, also much freckled; her mouth was large and so were her eyes, which looked green in some lights and moods and gray in others."

WhentheRed Sat 09-Feb-13 02:14:43

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hanahsaunt Thu 07-Feb-13 21:08:32

Looking at the next picture down - the first of 'for the record, this is what Anne is supposed to look like' - it's the picture that still makes my heart sore for her being a little girl all alone in the world. Anything else is a travesty.

FairPhyllis Thu 07-Feb-13 21:03:27

Yes Tunip. I mean, the pic is ridiculous, but it's just so bad that I actually find it kind of funny now. I would be a LOT more worried and pissed off if it had been any kind of more institutionalised decision.

I looked on the self-publishing site and loads of people have tried to do the same thing with AOGG, with fairly mixed results on the cover art, but that is still the worst one.

I understand why it means a lot to people here (and I do adore the books) - I think I just tend to save the anger for egregiously institutionalised porn culture (notwithstanding the fact that the individual concerned is the product of institutionalised patriarchy etc etc).

TunipTheVegedude Thu 07-Feb-13 20:47:28

FairPhyllis - exactly. It's still crappy but that's probably how it came about, not via people who had read the book sitting in meetings agreeing it was appropriate.

dizzydixies Thu 07-Feb-13 20:43:22

No no no no no no no NO NO I am enraged and devastated all at once.

FairPhyllis Thu 07-Feb-13 20:39:41

Well my point about the publisher is that it actually makes me less angry about it, in a way, because it means that the choice of picture hasn't gone through a marketing department in a publishing house. There hasn't been an involved commercial decision process to choose THAT photo: we are literally looking at someone operating out of their back bedroom slapping pictures on out-of-copyright books and hoping that someone will stumble on them in an Amazon search. So this actually makes me feel slightly better because it's about a dubiously well-read and slightly opportunistic individual buying into porn culture and hoping others will fall for it, rather than something systemic within a particular "real" publisher making them think it's a good commercial decision to choose a picture like that.

(pace the fact that publishing is not the most pro-feminist of professions anyway; and the fact that the individual contributes to a patriarchal system etc etc)

It's on Amazon because the self-publishing platform it's produced on is owned by Amazon and that's how it gets distributed. I doubt Amazon holds its self-publishers up to any standard of any kind of merit or appropiateness at all: artistic, literary etc. I guess it cares about whether the pictures and text are used legally, and that's about it, unfortunately.

IThinkOfHappyWhenIThinkOfYou Thu 07-Feb-13 19:02:00

Can you imagine Marilla allowing her to wear that shirt?

<faints>

The onion link was hilarious!

That book... anyone else immediately think of Dawson's Creek when they saw it? Which was of course was about oversexed teeangers who lived in a small town..

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 07-Feb-13 18:54:13

Dear God I'm horrified by that.

The whole thing about the book is that she doesn't look conventionally attractive.

StewieGriffinsMom Thu 07-Feb-13 18:31:57

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PrivatelyPeaceful Thu 07-Feb-13 17:26:13

Fastidia, I couldn't agree more sadsad

colditz Thu 07-Feb-13 17:23:25

Not only was she a red head, she was skinny and eleven years old. She was a LITTLE GIRL. Not a blonde, curvy teenager.

drwitch Thu 07-Feb-13 17:20:54

or the velveteen rabbit as a bunny girl smile

MooncupGoddess Thu 07-Feb-13 16:57:52

LOL drwitch. Am just imagining Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm in a catsuit.... possibly Jo March in a bikini...

Devora Thu 07-Feb-13 16:50:30

Anne of Green Gables was a role model for generations of girls who grew to learn that their lack of conventional 'beauty' was less important than their character, their relationships, their love of books.

This cover is seriously naff. It is a travesty of the book. And yes, it is a sexualised pose.

FairPhyllis Thu 07-Feb-13 16:49:50

It's not a proper publishing house. It looks like one of those self-publishing outfits - someone is just trying to make a buck out of the fact it's out of copyright, and has stuck a picture of a young woman on it without thinking/really knowing what the book is about.

I think it says more about some idiot's idea of what a default young woman looks like than a deliberate attempt to subvert the character - my guess is that they don't know the book at all and don't realise how inappropriate it is.

Of course I'm not saying it's not problematic that someone's idea of a young woman is a blonde pouty sexualised young thing.

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