Bonnet Heads Fight Back: Anne vs. Laura debate heats up the Prairie!

Melissa Gilbert and Laura Ingalls fans are making their voices heard in Culture Schlock's exclusive Laura Ingalls vs. Anne of Green Gables Poll -- considered by some observers to be an allegory for American-Canadian relations.

Melissa Gilbert and Laura Ingalls fans are making their voices heard in Culture Schlock's exclusive Laura Ingalls vs. Anne of Green Gables Poll -- considered by some observers to be an allegory for American-Canadian relations.

In what began as a fun-spirited popularity survey about North American children’s book icons, the Laura Ingalls vs. Anne of Green Gables debate has degenerated into a nasty girl fight.

First, there were the ultra-literate bullies over at the L.M. Montgomery Resource Page gloating that Anne wipes the floor with Laura in a “Google Fight.”

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Then, Christopher Czajka, a historical consultant for Little House on the Prairie: The Musical, launched what may be the most visceral defense of Laura since Ingalls herself tricked Nellie into swimming in a leech-infested creek.

In an exclusive screed for Culture Schlock readers, Christopher writes:

“On any given day, Laura Ingalls Wilder could kick Anne of Green Gables’ butt across the street. First of all, she was a real person. Not an fictional character modeled, physically, after a notorious stripper (really, now, who writes a children’s book and bases the heroine on Evelyn Nesbit?)

“Laura was as tough as nails. . .enduring blizzards, tornadoes, plagues of grasshoppers, near-starvation. . . and all without unravelling a braid. If only we could put Anne and her cunning little hat in a Dakota claim shanty when it’s forty degrees below zero. Then we’d see what would happen, we would.

“I have just returned from a LITTLE HOUSE festival near Mount Rushmore, where I ran a trivia contest to promote LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, THE MUSICAL. There were people of all ages in prairie drag. There’s ¬†a reason why die-hard LITTLE HOUSE fans are called Bonnetheads. . .they show up for events, you see, in their bonnets. And there are legions of them. They make pilgrimages to historic sites. They can recite lines of the TV series. They do in-depth historical research into the people and places mentioned in Laura’s books.

“And there are a LOT more Laura fans than Anne fans, at least in the United States. Trust me on this.”

We’re not educated enough to understand the allusion to the stripper and Evelyn Nesbit — and we feel we’d be deceiving you if we Googled it and pretended we did — but it’s pretty clear that Mr. Czajka is not complimenting the Babe from the Gables.

No matter which side of the Anne/Laura rivalry you come to this blog from, it is your moral responsibility to vote. Here’s where you can take a stand.

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2 responses to “Bonnet Heads Fight Back: Anne vs. Laura debate heats up the Prairie!

  1. I’m not a bully. That was a joke. :p

  2. Alice

    It’s so hard to compair the two. Laura was real. Anne is fiction. Aside from this, Laura is an American heroine, and Anne is a Canadian one. To have this be a true comparison you would have to find a Canadian girl that is real to compare to Laura, and a fiction American girl to compair to Anne. Both tellings of life in the day and age they are set is amazing! They are both so rich – and have so much to offer. Both Anne and Laura can only really do one thing, together and so well, and that is to inspire.

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