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I've been re-reading Rainbow Valley, from the Anne of Green Gables series.

It's funny, because I have distinct memories of thinking the worst two books in the series were Anne's House of Dreams and Rainbow Valley, with Anne of Ingleside as a nice interlude between them. This time around, though, the worst two books are clearly House of Dreams and Ingleside, with Rainbow Valley being really really fun.

(The two very best Anne books are Anne of the Island and Rilla of Ingleside, as all right-thinking people are well aware.)

I think it's largely vegemite effect, really. The first time I read them, Ingleside was a pleasant-enough recovery from the deeply dull House of Dreams, even if it did focus on Anne's children, rather than on Anne herself. And then, horror of horrors, Rainbow Valley kept forgetting what the story was about and wandering off into digressions on completely different people, not even noticing that whole chapters weren't about the Blythes. Silly author!

This time, though, I know what to expect. Ingleside is silly stories about the Blythe children... and actually isn't all that interesting. Whereas Rainbow Valley is about a completely different family, who just happen to share a neighbourhood with characters we've met before.

I'm expecting it to be about the Meredith family - and in fact it is. And it's really fun.

I still find it odd when I discover myself switching opinions like that.

Date: 2011-02-20 09:09 pm (UTC)
velvetwhip: (Archy the Cockroach)
From: [personal profile] velvetwhip
I've had drastic opinion changes when it comes to books in my life. They happen.


Date: 2011-02-20 10:57 pm (UTC)
velvetwhip: (Archy the Cockroach)
From: [personal profile] velvetwhip
The Agatha Christie novel I first read? The one that hooked me on Hercule Poirot and Christie on the whole? Third Girl. Yes, I am now well aware that it's possibly the worst novel she ever wrote. But I was 7 when I first read it, so allowances must be made.


Date: 2011-02-20 11:01 pm (UTC)
velvetwhip: (Archy the Cockroach)
From: [personal profile] velvetwhip
Postern of Fate is also a contender.

True, Ariadne Oliver brightens even the most dismal fictional surroundings.


Date: 2011-02-21 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I liked the ones about the children, though, because I loved Walter. I so completely have a type.

Date: 2011-02-21 03:33 am (UTC)
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Rrrrrrrrrrilla! Definitely.

Date: 2011-02-21 02:54 am (UTC)
vass: A sepia-toned line-drawing of a man in naval uniform dancing a hornpipe, his crotch prominent (Default)
From: [personal profile] vass
I like Anne's House of Dreams. It's domestic, and sometimes that's what I need. But Rilla of Ingleside is the best Anne book, hands down.

Date: 2011-02-21 03:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] verity
Anne of the Island is awesome, but I have a special place in my heart for Anne of Windy Poplars. :D

(I've read almost everything L.M. Montgomery wrote. She's one of my favorite authors.)

Rilla; and The Island a close second

Date: 2011-02-21 11:19 am (UTC)
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My favourite passage to read in elocution lessons was from Rilla (Jem Blythe returning home). Even forty-five years later I can almost recite it. Recently I hunted up the bit in Rainbow Valley about Rosemary having a hen for a pet and ended up reading the whole book.

Re: Rilla; and The Island a close second

Date: 2011-02-26 11:14 am (UTC)
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Oh goodness yes. "...gone clean mad with joy". I love that part.

Re: Rilla; and The Island a close second

Date: 2011-02-26 11:17 am (UTC)
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and wasn't it Faith who had the hen? No, a rooster?

Date: 2011-02-22 04:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lirazel
I definitely agree that Anne of Ingleside is weak and that Rilla is made of awesome, but I quite like Anne's House of Dreams. I like Owen and Leslie, I like Captain Jim, I like getting to know Miss Cornelia, I just like it. So: disagreement!

But I'm a mad, mad, mad LMM stan; I reread The Blue Castle every few months, and I have sections of the Emily books memorized I've read them so many times. Easily on my top-5 list of writers who have been most important in my life.


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