Monday, March 14, 2011

Secret Circle: The Cheestastic 90s YA Series Will Be One of Next Fall's Biggest Hits

by Megan S.

The Secret Circle, my favorite trilogy of books when I was a teenager, is going to be one of the biggest hits on television this fall.  Of course, I haven't seen any of it yet, nothing has even been filmed and the producers just cast the lead roles last week so the statement is pure conjecture but, humor me for a minute...

First, the cast.  Our heroine will be played by Brittany Robertson.  Now granted, I've found Robertson grating in every role I've seen her in (Lux in Life Unexpected and [spoiler alert!] the reincarnation of Arthur Pendragon in Avalon High) but she could have hidden depths.
Look at that facial expression!  She could do deep and meaningful, right?
Worse comes to worst, you don't have to be a fan of the main character.  I didn't actually like Sarah Michelle Gellar for most of the series but I loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  OK, so that's not a strong first point on which to build an argument.  Moving on to the only other cast member as of yet attached to the project, Thomas Dekker.  Any fangirl or boy worth their salt will remember Dekker from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles as John Connor.  John Connor, people!

Do you know how much moaning and groaning I listened to when this show went off the air?  People loved T:TSCC and this kid.  Fans are practically honor-bound to watch The Secret Circle if only to stick to FOX for canceling his previous series.  Let's put it this way, if you don't watch, Skynet wins.

Like I said, I'll be back.
Next, the crew.  Ahhh, here's where it starts to get promising.  The pilot is co-written by Kevin Williamson.  He's the man that brought you this:

and this:

and this:

and, most importantly, this:

Ahem. Where was I?  Ah, yes.  Williamson.  His dialogue is witty, entertaining, quick moving and chock full of angst.

That brings us to the crux of the argument, the storyline.  The Secret Circle, written by the same woman behind The Vampire Diaries, is so full of teenage angst, cliches, evil high school cliques, and burgeoning magical powers that it couldn't be contained in one book.  Our story begins with beautiful 16 year old Cassie moving from California to Salem (Salem, people!  Think of the historical context!) leaving behind her home and the cute boy she just met to move in with her stern grandmother and start a new life.  Cassie is quickly adopted by the school's most popular girls, the dark and dangerous Faye and beneficent Diana.  Diana just so happens to be dating Adam, the mysterious boy Cassie left behind in California. (Coincidence?  I think not!)  Diana and Faye couldn't be more different but they have two things binding the pair together along with ten other popular kids in town, all are children of the town's leading families and all belong to a coven.  Now hold on to your seats 'cause I bet you didn't see this coming, Cassie just might be their 13th member.

It's cheestastic.  Seriously, I had a blast when I read it as a kid and, when I read it again a few years ago, I still liked the series.  All three are a quick read and a great way to pass a rainy weekend stuck indoors.  Grab the books from the library before the show debuts.  Even if you don't end up a lifelong fan like I apparently turned into, you'll still know what your friends are gossiping about in September.  With an attractive cast, snappy writing, and an angst filled storyline brimming with magic, The Secret Circle is bound to be a hit.
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  1. And now, a rant from this old lady:

    One thing that irks the heck out of me about Williamson's stuff is that he crams as many soulless pop songs as he possibly can into every episode. I counted 11 (eleven!) song snippets in one Vampire Diaries episode. It gives the impression of a teenager flipping through the radio.

    In other news: Get off my lawn!

  2. The way you describe it Laurie it sounds like an hourlong montage. MONTAGE!

  3. I have been trying to remember the name of this series for many years!! Thank you thank you!!