NPR reports that a new three-book set of the classic L.M. Montgomery Anne of Green Gables series features a startling makeover of the famously freckled red-head. She’s… blonde? And not nearly the tween (to use modern parlance) that the book series begins with.
To wit, from the original book (p. 11 in my well-worn copy):
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 hate 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, that looked green in some lights and moods and gray in others.
Perhaps there’s already a backlash, as this Amazon listing shows no image for the books. One can hope.