‘Anne with an E’: Why this show is so important
What the world needs now is Anne, sweet Anne.
Fandoms are built on love and adoration, but behind the scenes of every beloved show is a business and that’s what keeps the cameras rolling. Not the joy we get from watching or the wonderful characters – it’s money. It’s a sad sucky truth, but it doesn’t mean that we have to accept every cancellation as final (many have been saved in the past). And the fans of Anne with an E refuse to let this show go without a fight.
We don’t usually know the specifics of why certain shows get cancelled, but as fans, we feel the sting of it all. The cancellation of Anne with an E has been met with public outcry and an outpouring of support for the show to get another chance elsewhere and we can absolutely see why. This show is important.
It’s true that most shows get the #save(show) treatment and many times, it’s a show that truly deserves more. Never has this been more true than with the cancellation of Anne with an E. The cancellation took many fans by surprise when it was announced that Season 3 would be it’s last and fans (including Ryan Reynolds) took to twitter to protest this abrupt ending.
You guys might want to renew Anne with an E.
Unless “final season” is just a fun way of saying “halfway point”.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) January 3, 2020
The themes and messages of the actual episodes are so timely – racism, sexism, intolerance. These are not relics of our past as a society, but rather front and center issues that need more of our attention and discussion. Anne with an E doesn’t preach, it teaches.
Also, so many stories of this era are told from the standpoint of “that’s just how it was” and we just have to overlook the complete lack of tolerance as we watch a story unfold. This is not the case with Anne with an E. Anne refuses to accept any of these ideals and through her vocalization against hatred, she is able enlighten those around her (and those watching). It’s an important show that presses it’s viewers to stop accepting things as normal and to make some noise.
This show could focus on the female characters, their journeys, growth and their strong bonds of sisterhood and we would still write these wonderful things about it, but it doesn’t stop there. Anne with an E also let’s it’s male characters shine in their emotions and doesn’t make them vehicles of stereotypical and toxic masculinity. They are bold, bright and love and emote just as deeply as the female characters, which is so refreshing and vital to see.
The characters on this show are wonderfully written, as is their development. None more than Anne herself. The character is simply incredible. She had a terribly rough start to life, yet still looks at everything with a poetic twinkle in her eye. This character encourages everyone in the show, as well as all of us to love ourselves and to never stop looking for our next adventure.
Anne is truly unafraid to be who she is and search for joy and light in everything. That’s something viewers of any age, gender and race can draw inspiration from. It would be a shame to see this character and this show go and so, the fight rages on.
The fans of this show are as passionate as the characters themselves. The moment they learned the cancellation news, they came together to fight. Much like when Miss Stacy is fired and the students held up their lights, the fans of this show have refused to accept this cancellation and have grouped together to protest. Anne would be so proud.
We asked the fans why they love this show so much:
In our daily life the dominant emotion of people is ignorance and indifference. I do believe Anne has changed a portion of the world for the better, making them more positive. I, as an example started looking more positively on the little annoying things in my daily routine
— Ralitsa Urukova 🇧🇬 (@mockingjay_blog) January 14, 2020
Because it’s an inspiring and important show. It teaches us so many things, not only emotionally but historically too. It talks about slavery, racism, indigenous people and residential schools in Canada, acceptance, self-love, love and family.
— save anne✨💐 (@Mariana22118929) January 14, 2020
Self love. Found family. Imagination. Hope. Friendship. Grief. Acceptance.
Anne inspires those around her to be a better version of themselves. Viewers included. This show spreads love in an era when this is needed. #renewannewithane
— Karinda#AWAE (@karindalynn) January 14, 2020
It’s a family friendly show with positive messages such as inclusion and standing up for what’s right, that I can enjoy with my son. There aren’t a lot of TV shows out there that have appropriate content for kids and also an enjoyable story for parents.
— Heather Hensley (@hednalibisa) January 14, 2020
i love anne with an e because it seamlessly incorporates modern day issues into a period drama, while also telling the story simple enough so that it can be understood even by a young audience#renewannewithane
— ivy🥕#renewannewithane (@avocadoedamame) January 14, 2020
One point is glaringly obvious – this show matters so much because it encourages all of us to be better. Better to each other, better to our world, and better to ourselves. And that’s a message we can all get behind.
So please, let’s save Anne with an E. We will all be better for it.
Watch Seasons 1-3 of Anne with an E on Netflix.