Stories are indeed getting grittier these days. Around the world, audiences want drama with suffering that's isn't so polished to look neat and presentable. They want to see the pain and trauma of real life, and the more innocent the protoganist, the better. Who would have thought that Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables would fall into this category? Anne is so sweet and charming, it's hard to believe she has a dark, sordid history to contrast her lovable self. Canadians fell in love with Anne as retold by Megan Follows in 1985. She was "the fiery and headstrong redhead" who, since then, has gotten a dramatic upgrade since the newest version aired on CBC on March 19th 2017. A grittier Anne, indeed. And who better to write this new, grittier version of Anne of Green Gables than Breaking Bad Canadian writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett?