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Paula's Pick: The Misselthwaite Archives (UPDATED)

UPDATE: The Indiegogo campaign for this series has officially begun and there are great perks for donating! Make a contribution at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-misselthwaite-archives

As most of you know, in my spare time, I check out a lot of web serials and I love telling you about my new discoveries. Many people still think that if something airs online the quality must be low. I'm hoping to change that misconception, one review at a time.

My most recent discovery is a web series called The Misselthwaite Archives. From the show's title it may not be immediately clear to some viewers what it's about, but it's definitely worth your time to check out. The show is described as a modern-day adaptation of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, which is right up my alley. Everyone knows I'm a sucker for shows that infuse fairy tales or classic pieces of literature into their storytelling.


The Misselthwaite Archives isn't a straight-forward retelling of The Secret Garden. That's important to note prior to watching this show, as to avoid any possible confusion. Mary Lennox's story begins when she's a teenager, exhibiting all the angst and attitude you might expect, and then some. To say she has a potty mouth is an understatement. Fair warning, she has a tendency toward profanity-laced tirades. This might be off-putting to some, particularly those who may still see the character as a ten year old child. In that regard, it might be best not to read or re-read The Secret Garden just prior to watching this series. Despite all of that, teenage Mary will win your heart. This is in large part due to Sophie Giberson, the exceptional actress playing Mary. In fact the entire cast is exceptional, as is the show's production value.



Another thing worth noting about this show is that some of the names of the characters have been changed to make them more contemporary. A brilliant move in my opinion, considering that the novel was published in the early 1900's.


New episodes of The Misselthwaite Archives are released every Wednesday and Friday. I caught up with all of them in just a few hours.


For more info. on The Misselthwaite Archives and to watch the show from the beginning go to http://misselthwaitearchives.com!


Oh, and by the way, if you enjoy the series they are beginning a Crowdfunding campaign on May 12th! I'll post more details as they become available!

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