...perhaps that sounds kind of strange...but, seriously? I think Anne would have been thrilled to know people were calling themselves fans.
I think it all started when I watched the Melissa Gilbert TV movie about her in the 4th grade. (Michael Landon is one of my ultimate heroes, so, of course I love Half-Pint, too.) I would go on to read every book I could possibly find on Anne Frank, and watch every last film.
So...of course, I snatched-up the brand NEW Anne Frank book on the shelves...Anne Frank: The Life, The Book, The Afterlife. http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780061430794/Anne_Frank/index.aspx
I was reading on the train (which is where I do most of my reading) and was carrying the book as I was getting-off at my stop.
Conductor: (30-something old man with an accent and long dreadlocks) THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK!
Now, for a second, I looked at this man and realized how different we looked on the outside, and yet...we both knew Anne Frank! Anne Frank was so universal...she still brings people together.
Conductor: I have not seen a copy of that book since high school.
Me: (I had to correct him! It wasn't a copy of the actual diary!) Yeah...it's actually not the diary, it's kind a book about the book...
Young Man in Military Gear (most likely going to Fort Monmouth), gets off the trian with me:
So, it's like the story BEHIND The Diary of Anne Frank?
Me: Yeah...and about how the book got discovered and published and everything.
Military Guy: She brought the diary to the concentration camp with her, right? And that's where they found it?
Me: No...it was found in the hiding place...
Military Guy: So she left it in the house she stayed in?
I will give this guy a break, since he is serving our country...and I know that not everybody has my strange knowledge of all things Secret Annexe...but I cringed a bit inside.
Not gonna lie.