(This post isn’t anything deep or analytical, as the title might suggest – it’s just a look at the covers for some of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s books, and how accurate or inaccurate the depictions of the characters are. I’ve always been interested in the covers, and I figured that now is as good a time as any to share my thoughts on the subject. Pure fluff, of course, but hopefully it’ll be entertaining fluff.)
#1 – Anne of Ingleside
Just so you know, I’m focusing on the later Anne books because all the earlier ones just have Anne on the cover (sometimes Gilbert, too), which doesn’t provide much scope for imagination. Or comments. Anywayyyyy…I think it’s pretty obvious that the two girls in front are Nan and Di – the red-head would be Di, and the brunette Nan. As for the boys in the back, the one on the far left is Walter, I believe, because he has straight, black hair and is reading a book. And then Jem is beside him, and then Shirley, a conclusion that is mainly based on their height, although if you squint, you can kinda make out Jem’s red hair.
#2 – Rainbow Valley
Now here’s where things get a little complicated. The girl holding the flowers on the far right is Nan. I think. Or Faith, but I’m pretty sure it’s Nan. The boy standing beside her is Walter, as far as I can make out. He’s got black hair and some kind of book or drawings in his hand. The girl standing beside Walter is definitely Faith. She looks like how I imagined Faith, anyway. And then things get interesting, because there are TWO red-haired girls – one is Di, but who’s the other? Neither Mary Vance nor Una has red hair. Huh. But the last boy is SO Jerry.
#3 – The Blue Castle
I have two problems with this cover. First of all, why isn’t Valancy wearing some gorgeous 20s-era gown? Like all the beautiful ones in Downton Abbey. SUCH a missed opportunity, people. And is it just me, or does the dress she actually has on look a lot like the one Rilla wears here? Weird. And my second problem, is that guy in the background. I won’t call him Barney, because he’s not. Barney does NOT have blond hair, and he doesn’t wear weird scarf things either. Ugh. In my opinion, Barney looks like this guy. (*winks at Naomi*)
#4 – Kilmeney of the Orchard
Kilmeney is my second least-favorite Montgomery book (The Blythes Are Quoted is at the very bottom), but I happen to love this cover, and I think it’s very accurate to the book. (Though does Kilmeney have black hair? For some reason, I thought she was blonde, but I could be mistaken.) Kilmeney looks sweet and young and pretty, as she ought to be, and I’m glad they included her violin on the cover – she’s my favorite character in the book, even if she is a bit of a Mary Sue, and I think the illustrator did her justice. (Her dress is quite nice, too.) And I’m glad Eric is standing wayyyyy back because a) this looks like when he first sees her, so he’d naturally be distant and b) he annoys me to no end. Easily my least favorite Montgomery hero – in fact, I don’t think he deserves to be called a hero at all. But that’s another post for another day…
#5 – The Story Girl
Finally, there’s The Story Girl. *squints at the cover* Um…from left to right, I think it’s Bev (or Dan), the Story Girl (because she’s holding Pat), Felicity (the blonde hair, of course), and Peter (because he’s right next to Felicity, only I’m not sure whether his hair in the book was blond or brown or what – but I’m still pretty sure it’s Peter). My question is, why are there only four children on the cover? We’re still missing (if I go with my first guesses) Dan, Felix, Cecily, and Sara Ray. That’s half the children! At least they got Pat in there.
What are your thoughts on these covers? Are there any other covers you would have liked me to talk about?