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If you haven't heard, Geocities is closing on October 26, 2009. Geocities has played an important role in the history of the Anne of Green Gables fandom. On Fan History Wiki, we want to help chronicle the history of this fandom on Geocities before it is lost forever. We'd love to have you involved.

One way that we're trying to preserve the history of the Anne of Green Gables fandom on Geocities is by creating articles about Anne of Green Gables stories on Geocities. So far, we have information about 1 story. These articles use Template:StoryGeocities. If you want to create a new article about a story, you can copy and paste the template into an article with the title and author. If there are a lot of stories you'd like to add to Fan History, you can create an excel file with columns for title, author, fandom, url, archive name. This can than be e-mailed to support@fanhistory.com and we will add it to Fan History for you. The stories can be written by you or by others.

In preserving stories, we are not copying the text of those stories. We're just creating articles about them to get a feel for what fandoms were big on Geocities, when stories were written, and so that long term, trends in the fandom can be assessed. (When did slash become popular in the fandom? What were the major AU themes? Did and when did the fandom embrace PWPs?) We're also looking to see how fandom responded to certain stories. Because some people have issues with their stories being linked to or discussed in places where they can't control, if you find an article about story you wrote, we'll delete it upon request.

Fan History is also trying to preserve the history of fansites and fan fiction archives located on Geocities. Like story pages, you just need to copy and paste a template (fansites, fan fiction archives) to the blank article and fill it out. If there are a lot of sites, just put them into an excel file and send it to support@fanhistory.com and we'll get it on the wiki. Fansite and fan fiction information is important to preserve. We'd love to see more of the history of these sites documented, especially given how important the webhost was to parts of the fandom.

If you don't feel comfortable creating new articles, we'd still appreciate if you could contribute by editing the Anne of Green Gables article to include more information about the role of Geocities in the fandom.

Thank you for your help!
21 August 2008 @ 10:14 am
Probably half of you have finished the first book by now, but I just read the first few chapters before I went to bed last night.

I always forget how much I love Anne-with-an-e and her ability to see possibilities everywhere when I haven't read her in awhile. :)

Where are you guys in the book?

I need an Anne icon.
18 August 2008 @ 06:00 pm
It appears that most of us want to start with Anne of Green Gables. Let's dive in! Please post as you read so we can discuss.

Happy reading!
18 August 2008 @ 04:45 pm
I remembered that the chronology of the Anne books is interesting.

The seven books weren't written in numerical order; they go like this:

* Anne of Green Gables (1908)
* Anne of Avonlea (1909) (sequel to Anne of Green Gables)
* Anne of the Island (1915) (sequel to Anne of Avonlea)
* Anne's House of Dreams (1917) (sequel to Anne of Windy Poplars)
* Rainbow Valley (1919) (sequel to Anne of Ingleside)
* Rilla of Ingleside (1921) (sequel to Rainbow Valley)
* Anne of Windy Poplars (1936) (sequel to Anne of the Island)
* Anne of Ingleside (1939) (sequel to Anne's House of Dreams)

So Island and House of Dreams were actually written during WWI, and Rilla was published three years after it ended. (I think of House of Dreams as thematically one of the darkest in this series.) And I had no idea that INgleside was written so late relative to the other books. I am interested to read it again and look for stylistic differences.

I thought we would start with a book and not necessarily read chapter by chapter at the same pace, but instead post things that came to mind as we read. (We could read chapter by chapter together if people would prefer, though.) I didn't know if everyone would want to start with Green Gables, so here's a poll:

Poll #1244096 first book to read

i'd like to start with...

anne of green gables
anne of avonlea
anne of the island
anne of windy poplars
anne's house of dreams
anne of ingleside
rainbow valley
rilla of ingleside
18 August 2008 @ 01:34 pm
Hey all--this is a community for reading L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables books (and maybe some of her others as well). Lots of people have memories of reading these books as kids and I still love them, even though I now find some things about them quainter than I might have as a kid.

I recently discovered that all of LMM's books are actually available online, and they are linked here under "etexts." So we have a lot of freedom regarding which books we could begin with. I've also linked some other stuff about LMM and her very interesting life, and will continue to add more links.

Anyone is welcome to join. Feel free to jump in with thoughts. I don't yet have a plan about how discussion and reading together might go, so suggestions about that are eagerly solicited as well :)