"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."
I was so upset by this that I cried last night. 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.