Sunday, September 9, 2007

Mists of Avalon Mini-Series

Sometimes you love a book so much you could read it all the time, but life gets in the way and you are looking for a quicker way to get through the pages. For Mists of Avalon, I suggest the TNT mini-series. Starring Angelica Huston, Julianna Margulies, Joan Allen, Samantha Mathis, Edward Atterton, and Michael Vartan, this is a very good representation of Marion Zimmer Bradley's novel. From the back of the case:

Long live the new king. But who will it be? The answer will come through the mystical and powerful manipulations of fate emanating from Avalon.

The Mists of Avalon, from Marion Zimmer Bradley's bestseller, retells the Arthurian legend from the perspective of the women who shaped events with spiritual powers. Anjelica Huston plays high priestess Viviane, the Lady of the Lake determined to perpetuate the ways of Avalon. Julianna Margulies is Morgaine, her chosen successor. Joan Allen portrays Morgause, fiercely driven to shape the royal lineage to her own end. Out of the lives of these three and others - and out of the mists - will come a nation's destiny.
I really do not think a movie would have done this book justice, but a mini-series did a fantastic job. Some things are not there, others are changed or taken out, but overall this is a very enjoyable look at the women of Bradley's fantastic fantasy novel. I have never been sure if Julianna Margulies was the best choice for Morgaine, that is my only problem with this mini-series. She is not bad, but she is far from my first choice. Anjelica Huston is wonderful! Michael Vartan plays Lancelot. The actors that played Arthur and Gwenwyfar are Edward Atterton and Samantha Mathis. Caroline Goodall plays Morgaine's mother, Igraine. We also see Freddie Highmore as young Arthur.

A very good adaption, I recommend it.


  1. I rented this last year and thought it was pretty good.

  2. I’ve wanted to watch this series for quite some time; I never could seem to catch them on TV. I’m going to have to go out and find it now, I loved the books, & I’m a big Angelica Huston fan so I’m sure I will love it.

  3. Still haven't seen this but you know I liked the book ;)

    I wanted to let you all know that Sourcebooks,Inc. is publishing Georgette Heyers classic Regency books. I haven't read them but they dropped me a line.

  4. It's a great mini-series. I love the book, and this is a decent representation. I do not think anything could be perfect... I like the book too much and have my own ideas on how things should be done. Plus, movie makers should have to like the book they agree to make a movie of, I think. Then they will put more time into it. :)