In this Newsweek article about the 100th anniversary of the publication of L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, journalist Ramin Setoodeh deplores the sorry state of children's literature today (in a lame "these kids today" move if ever I saw one) and Trinna Frever, an Anne scholar, asserts that "literary smart girls" show up in modern kidlit as sidekicks not heroines, a remark that is causing a bit of a fuss in the kidlit blogs.
In Slate, Meghan O'Rourke claims that Anne is finally getting "her due" because the venerable Modern Library is putting out an 100th anniversary edition. In this piece, O'Rourke seems almost to invent criticisms of the book as not feminist enough (without naming any of the critics who've apparently said as much) in order to refute them. And Jezebel echoes O'Rourke, wondering too if Anne doesn't get the respect she deserves simply because she's a girl. Here in Canada, Anne is definitely considered a classic on par with Twain's Huck and Tom. If she isn't getting the same kind of reverence in the states (and I'm not at all sure she isn't), I wonder if the problem is simply because she isn't an American.