Thanks to my friend Rachel at The Edge of the Precipice, I learned about Eva at Coffee, Classics and Craziness’ celebration of Lucy Maud Montgomery (and see Google’s Doodles about Anne of Green Gables today (and likely in archives and blog posts)).
It looks like fun, so I decided to participate!
- How did you first discover LMM’s books?
I honestly don’t remember. I know I didn’t read them when I was younger, so it must have been a recommendation from someone.
- What’s your favorite LMM book?
A Tangled Web. I like Blue Castle, but the way Valency gets treated at the beginning makes me cringe. Tangled Web is actually kind of fun, and a lot of good people get better lives out of all the commotion over the jug.
- What’s your least favorite LMM book?
Magic for Marigold. Just didn’t get into it.
- Who is your favorite character in allllll of LMM’s works?
Emily. I know a lot of people don’t like the Emily books as much, but there’s something about her.
- What couple is your favorite?
Valancy and Barney. They’re more truly kindred spirits than any other couple in LMM, IMHO.
- What is your favorite quote from LMM (either a quote from one of her books, or from her personal life)?
“Don’t be led away by those howls about realism. Remember-pine woods are just as real as pigsties and a darn sight pleasanter to be in.”
- How many LMM books have you read?
All of them, I think. I found most of the story collections on either Scribd or Project Gutenberg. And I’ve read all of Anne, Emily and Pat and the grown-up books: Tangled Web, Blue Castle and Kilmeny of the Orchard. Also the Story Girl books and Jane of Lantern Hill (another favorite). And Magic for Marigold. *sigh*
- Which LMM book would you most like to see made into a movie?
The Blue Castle. No casting ideas, but it would just be fun. Actually, the only casting idea is now too old, alas — I would have liked to see the actor who played “Fedora” in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Richard Young) as Barney.
- Have you found a kindred spirit?
In the books? Probably Emily (not that I have any pretense to her looks) because I know how it feels to be misunderstood and to have a passion for writing — even if that passion, at the moment is swamped by apathy and some depression.