I am a 20-something reader/writer from the Philippines. Anne Shirley was first introduced to me when, as a nine year old, a missionary friend gave me a paperback copy of Anne of Green Gables for my birthday and gave me the next books in the series as birthday and Christmas gifts.
Anne Shirley was a character I found easy to identify with — despite living in different eras, continents, and climates. In Anne Shirley, I found someone who was like me: unbelievably talkative, imaginative, smart but not exactly free from getting into scrapes, and in desperate need of kindred spirits who understand her.
I’ve reread all eight of the Anne books numerous times. It’s kind of a tradition to go through it every year. And with each rereading, I still find something new that I didn’t see or understand before.