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?|
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.|
and, most importantly, this:
|HE GAVE THE WORLD PACEY WITTER!|
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.