As a lover of all things, Anne who so far has been unable to sell my own daughters on anything from Lucy Maude Montgomery's oeuvre, I had high hopes. But this, just felt wrong.
Details from the book were altered to be more harrowing. In the book, Mr. Hammond's cause of death is unclear, in the 1980's miniseries, he dies of a heart attack, while Anne is late bringing him his lunch. In the new Anne, he dies of a heart attack while giving Anne the strap. It just felt gratuitous.
Nearly every adult, apart from Matthew, is harsher and joyless.
Anne's optimism feels forced, or possibly delusional under these circumstances. Together, we watched 1.5 episodes, and turned it off.
The only positive I can give to the series, is that my kids finally watched and appreciated the 1985 miniseries with Megan Follows. My 12 year old is now reading the Anne books.