I loved Anne of Green Gables as a kid. Adored Anne-with-an-E Shirley. I tried reading the sequel but was a bit bored with old Anne; when I was older, then I returned to the series and flew thru them. I didn't read Emily (she's on my to be read pile, I swear.) I liked Kevin Sullivans's various adaptations, including the Story Girl/ Road to Avonlea series (but let's not mention that horrible Anne Goes To War movie, OK? I'm pretending that doesn't exist.)
I started reading L.M. Montgomery's journals when they were first published. Wow. That was when I fell in love with not only Anne, but also her creator. I like the journals because they give a "real life" glimpse into life at the turn of the century; I also liked seeing how the fiction of Anne and Emily and others were created. Most importantly, Maud isn't Anne; and critics of LM Montgomery tend to forget that.
Any-who, I was reminded of all that when I saw this over at Kate's Book Blog: L.M. Montgomery in Response to Her Critics. It's the perfect look at the person behind the books; and also a great response to the type of criticisms still being made.