When I had a few days off between taking my two finals and graduation, I ended up bingeing on Netflix. At one point I came across Disney’s Avalon High. This was one of my favorite books when I was in high school. Naturally, I went back and re-read the novel before watching the movie on Netflix.
I always love it when an author takes either historical events or legends and ties them into the plot. If you love Camelot or legends about King Arthur, this book is a must read! Also, Meg Cabot is a wonderful author. I want to say that I have read almost all of her books, and I have never hated a single one of her books.
In summary, if you want a mental escape from your average day, curl up on the couch and lose yourself in the novel Avalon High!
As mentioned earlier, I loved the novel. The movie…not so much. I don’t know if Meg Cabot had any say in the movie, and, honestly, I would guess not based on how it turned out. The writers took some bold liberties when adding in characters and writing the script. They even made those who were good become evil and vice versa. Honestly, I even thought the casting choices were sub-par! Elaine/Ellie is supposed to be 5′ 10″ and the actress who somewhat portrayed her is 7 inches shorter than that. I mean what is this?
I just went to IMDB to double check how short the main actress was and saw something shocking that I didn’t catch when I watched the movie. In the book, the heroine’s name is Elaine Harrison. As you read the text, you’ll see how her name ties into the plot. In the movie version, the heroine’s name is Allie Pennington. Oh my gosh, I think my hatred of this movie has increased even more (when I didn’t think it was possible). Where was Meg Cabot when Disney destroyed her work?
Also, I think my biggest pet peeve was the major plot change they threw in. I’m not going to go into too much detail (so I don’t spoil the ending though I now see the change of the heroines name fed into this issue), but I think Disney was trying to make a movie that was all about girl power. Truthfully, the novel does have an emphasis on girl power. The heroine rises to the occasion and surpasses the expectations of her peers! How does that not empower the young girls watching this movie? I just don’t understand why the believed they needed to change the story.