As we are closing in on the conclusion of our read along (can you believe there are only two books left?!), it’s obvious Anne of Green Gables contains quite an amazing cast of characters. Sadly, but reflective of real life, these characters come and go from Anne Shirley Blythe’s life. Despite their waxing and waning that doesn’t mean they need to go far from our hearts! This month, Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I encourage you to join us as we reflect on our favorite characters from the Anne of Green Gables series.
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And without further ado…
Top 5 Favorite Anne of Green Gables Characters
1 – Miss Lavendar
Miss Lavendar Lewis is certainly one of Anne Shirley’s Kindred Spirits. The whole tale of Miss Lavendar is nestled deeply into my heart. She lost her one true love and grew old, but refused to let life get her down. She still made the most of her life— keeping Charlotta the Fourth around for company, using her active imagination, and focusing on what brings her joy. Lavendar’s story, thankfully, ends positively. While she echoes much of Anne’s character, and in some ways acts as foreshadowing for Anne’s own future, she is still her own person. Miss Lavendar’s story gave me hope and joy. And that was all I needed to fall in love.
2 – Philippa Gordon
Philippa “Phil” Gordon is a remarkable conundrum to me. A bit ditzy, a bit day-dreamy, a bit spacey– she reminds me quite a bit of Luna Lovegood. Because, like Luna, Phil is also incredibly self-aware. She knows she is indecisive and flippant in her comments. While she tries to better herself, Phil also doesn’t let her “failures” get her down. When she makes a mistake or realizes she is acting in a way others would prefer she shouldn’t, Phil makes a note and moves on. She doesn’t wallow or pout. She never feels sorry for herself. She accepts that sometimes, life throws you lemons and you can’t be perfect. So just do your best! Now– that’s a message the world needs to hear more often.
3 – Susan Baker/Rebecca Dew
Okay, it feels a bit like cheating to put these two ladies together, I know. They both held similar roles in the life of Anne Shirley Blythe, but they are definitely distinct and unique characters. I adore how Susan Baker and Rebecca Dew become Kindred Spirits upon meeting in Anne of Ingleside. It’s heart-warming to see this happen to someone who isn’t Anne herself! Everyone deserves this sort of friendship. Besides, they both have a lovely level of sass which makes my own experiences at both Windy Poplars and Ingleside even brighter. After all, you can’t be all whimsy and romantical all the time, right? Right.
4 – Anne Shirley Blythe
How can I omit Anne Shirley Blythe? Yes, she is the protagonist. This is her life story! That said, it’s worth noting I am often one who cheers for the underdogs and the sidekicks. There are few main characters I’d list as my favorite characters in literature. But Anne? She’s magical. She is winsome, romantic, light-hearted, passionate, and carefree. Her ability to see the joy in the world is mesmerizing. I need her in my life just to help me see past the junk which makes me unhappy. Anne Shirley Blythe helps me achieve a level of zen no other character ever has. And for that, I thank her.
5 – Captain Jim Boyd
Yup. Captain Jim is my favorite character!! I bet you didn’t expect THAT. Captain Jim, unfortunately, only appears in Anne’s House of Dreams. But he found his way into the hearts of the Blythe family so deeply, I imagine he will be mentioned in all the other books following. After all, Anne’s first born son is named after him.
Captain Jim, just like all the other characters I adore listed above, is unabashedly himself. But unlike most of the characters I’ve mentioned before he is both humble and a bit of a scallywag. I appreciate how homely he is; Captain Jim never put on airs or expected that he could do better than anyone else. He always seemed to sell himself just a tiny bit short. Not in a demeaning way, mind you. He also loves to provide a good-natured ribbing to many of the Four Winds residents. While Anne, Gilbert, and sometimes even Leslie, can dish it right back, some of my favorite moments in Anne’s House of Dreams center around Captain Jim’s relentless teasing of Miss Cornelia.
Despite the fact that there are two books left to go, I have a feeling Anne’s House of Dreams will remain my favorite book in the series if only for the inclusion of three of my top 5 favorite Anne characters. Only time will tell for sure, but it will be difficult for someone to surpass my love of Captain Jim!
Other Top 5 Favorite Anne of Green Gables Characters
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What do you think?
- Who are your favorite characters from the Anne of Green Gables series?
- Who are your LEAST favorite characters from this series?
- Are you someone who often consciously picks out their favorite characters in a book/series? Why or why not?