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Friday Feature || MARYJOY JACOB: Features and Content Manager, Teacher, Writer, Beauty Queen

“Helping others and leaving a significant difference in their life delight my soul. That, I think is part of unleashing my life’s purpose. I dream of contributing to the body of knowledge that’s why I pursue my research despite the ordeals along the way. Publishing my work and presenting it would make my heart leap. It would be a dream come true.”

Blog || Queenly Quest

The true empowerment lies in the ability of a woman to exemplify beauty, brain, and blessing by being an inspiration to multitude of people around her. It is not being a chauvinist but a way of showcasing the jewels women have to offer in this world full of judgments. However, what really defines a true queen? Is she somebody who embodies perfect aesthetics or somebody who possesses an uncommon beauty?

The command of one’s self does not rely on personality alone. Wit will play a great part in the essence of being a woman.  So do not feel overly anxious physically because obviously beauty is highly subjective. As long as you have the magic of confidence, beauty just shines through you.

Today’s standards of looks will always alter so why not concentrate on the constant? Goodness is one of the constant values that will never fade in someone’s list of qualifications. Aside from such, excellence matters because every woman should have something to say and that she should be eloquent enough to bring about changes.

Many girls would feel narcissistic because of the notion that beauty is gauged through physical aspects. Nevertheless, many people fall short in realizing that the combination of intellectual, social, and emotional well-being are tantamount to the perfect face and figure the society has stereotyped queens.

Many prominent individuals are beautiful but they do not delve deeper in that thought– for their life has bigger sense of purpose. These queens also have reasons too but what’s more endearing is if they could walk an extra mile to be a genuine voice for  a myriad of people who do not have the grit to speak.

I know individuals who are excellent enough to represent our country in varied tilts. One of them is my inspiration. She has been my pageant sister too who left heartprints in my life. I can never forget her because she made a difference.

She is Ms. Joana Verdeflor whose beauty, wit, and confidence have been instruments of change. I was left in awe upon knowing that she has achieved greater heights and her love for reading and writing were great platforms to cascade learning. That opened my eyes to the fact that if she can make it, why can’t we? Indeed, she is a true queen—unique in multifaceted ways like a diamond which shines in every side.

Friday Feature || Better Late than Never: My thoughts on Netflix and CBC’s “Anne with an E.”

Cast: Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James, RH Thompson, Dalila Bela, Lucas Jade Zumann, Corinne Koslo
First and second series/season released by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Netflix, 2017 and 2018

Having grown up reading Lucy Maud Montgomery’s books always makes me excited and wary whenever a screen adaptation of her work is on the television. After all, it’s not everyday that it happens. I won’t lie–I’ll always have high expectations.

Take Anne of Green Gablesfor example. No child who grew up in the eighties and nineties could ever forget Megan Follows’ portrayal of the lovable redheaded orphan. While Kevin Sullivan wasn’t exactly faithful to the plot (coughContinuingStorycough), it was a good adaptation. After all, it’s hard to jam in eight books into more or less two or three more series–or episodes, rather. I’ve yet to see Rilla of Ingleside adapted into a screenplay–something I’d hope to see in my lifetime.

Back to Anne of Green Gables. Last year, Netflix released their take on the aforementioned book, but they titled it Anne with an E. I’ve already finished watching the second series/season, and I love it just as much as I loved the Kevin Sullivan production (well, except for Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story).

.And yep, Netflix wasn’t faithful to the source material, either. I am however, giving five reasons why Anne with an E is still worth a watch.

  1. The characters, while  some of them not entirely in keeping with the books, still managed to be well-rounded. And I loved the best friend dynamics between Anne and Diana. For some reason, the portrayal of their friendship was so authentic and you would just want to hug them both. Not that Megan Follows and Schuyler Grant didn’t do a good job–but Amybeth McNulty and Dalila Bela put a wonderful, sweet, homey spin to it. Oh, you know what I mean.
  2. The storyline doesn’t just focus on Anne Shirley, but on other characters too. Here, in the series, we get a glimpse of Diana Barry’s life, in Jane and Prissy Andrews’ life, in Gilbert Blythe’s life–you get the picture. The viewer gets a chance to know them more.
  3. The filming location is 100% lush. I have friends who rave about how much they love Canada, but man, I probably did not receive the memo about how BEAUTIFUL Canada is (in addition to being fabulous). Prince Edward Island is stunning. I can go on all evening.
  4. It’s a bit darker, but it fits perfectly. Initially, I wasn’t sold on the theme, but when I watched the first series another time, it grew on me. The series touched on topics such as bullying, racial prejudice, and peer pressure, matters that are terribly relevant today. This was grittily yet beautifully portrayed in the second series. The second to the last sentence does sound ironic, but it is true.
  5. Yes, Megan Follows was best known for playing the titular role. I’m going to risk getting a lot of hate–because Amybeth McNulty made a very engaging Anne, and I do think she deserves to tie with Megan in that top spot.  The way she delivers her lines (majority of which weren’t in the source material)–there was so much emotion, that it felt like every time she opened her mouth, jewels and flowers fell out. Consider me a fan, stat.

That being said, I hope you would give Anne with an E a try! 🙂 Any Netflix recommendations, by the way? 🙂

Image credits: screencaps from the show