It is a truth universally acknowledged that every girl who has read the Anne books by Lucy Maude Montgomery truly believes that the books were written about herself. That she is Anne. Amiright? (By the way, same with Jo from Little Women. Everyone identifies with her). I grew up on the 1985 Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea movies and can still quote them word for word ("Burnt them to a crisp in their beds!") ("Carrots!").
I guess I love this book so much because it validates parts of me that I sometimes feel are silly. It also makes me feel like life is to be laughed through and that all of my silly problems are so very silly in comparison with the beautiful world in which we live. Oh, life. Oh trees and sea and air! How glad I am to breathe you! Is something Anne would totally say and something I totally think, way too often, in true Anne fashion.
There were certain phrases throughout the book that I underlined in trying to prove to Steven that I am Anne Shirley.
"Well, I'm going to try my way first," said Anne, who had a fairly strong will of her own and was apt to cling very tenaciously to her theories.
She was an excellent target for teasing because she always took things so seriously.
One can't get over the habit of being a little girl all at once.
"Having adventures comes natural to some people," said Anne serenely, "you just have a gift for them or you haven't."
I think the world is as magical as we make it. I just need to remember the magic admist the bread-and-butter-type menialities of life. And reading books like Anne of Avonlea are the best reminders.