Literature / Avalon High

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Avalon High is a 2005 novel by Meg Cabot.

The plot follows Elaine 'Ellie' Harrison, the daughter of two professors who specialize in medieval and Arthurian studies. The family moves to Annapolis, Maryland for a year long sabbatical and Ellie begins High School at Avalon High. There she meets some of the students like Lance the jock, Jennifer the cheerleader and Will Wagner, the Big Man on Campus. Ellie begins to bond with Will and gets a crush on him despite him dating Jennifer. Slowly Ellie begins to notice major similarities between the situations at Avalon High to King Arthur legend. Will is Arthur, Jennifer is Guinevere, Lance is Lancelot and Ellie herself is believed to be Elaine, the Lady of Shalott, a woman who committed suicide after falling in love with Lancelot. She is not the only one to know this as it is revealed her teacher Mr. Morton (aka Merlin) and Will's evil step-brother Marco (who is Mordred) are also clued into the legend. Now Ellie must try to help save Will from Marco and the powers of darkness but how can she if she is just the Lady of Shalott?

A sequel came out as 3 part Manga titled Avalon High: Coronation.

Despite being based on the Legend of King Arthur, the series isn't altogether faithful to its source. Many things had to be Bowdlerized or taken out to fit the story in the American high school setting.

Disney Channel has put out a Made-for-TV Movie version.

Not to be confused with Josh Phillips's 1999 webcomic Avalon.


This work provides examples of:

The movie provides examples of:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: After Allie turns the prop sword she was holding into Excalibur, it becomes an exceedingly sharp blade.
  • Action Girl: Allie
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole : Making Ellie 'Arthur'. Traditionally Arthur was at least attracted to Guinevere, even if he didn't love her. Shouldn't Ellie have a crush on Jennifer?
  • Adaptational Heroism: Marco (who was the reincarnation of Mordred in the books) is now a member of the Order of the Bear, and thus loyal to King Arthur.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Whereas Mr. Moore (who was called Mr. Morton and was the reincarnation of Merlin in the books), is Mordred.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: The security guard finds the idea that a teenager could sneak an actual antic broadsword into a school a bit ridiculous. Thankfully Excalibur turned back into a normal prop sword at just the right moment.
  • Artistic License Sports: You can not run a blocked extra point back for a touchdown.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning
  • Black Best Friend: Lance is black and the best friend of the idealized Will.
  • Captain Ersatz: If an unintentional example. The changes from the books mean Allie is Saber sans the majority of her powers.
  • Cool Sword: Excalibur which can be summoned and sent away in an instant by it's master.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Miles
    Mles: (to Marco) When I'm at Yale and you're in jail, I'll be sure to tell everyone how cool you are.
  • Good All Along: Marco
  • Heroes Want Redheads: In the movie Jennifer is portrayed by a redhead.
  • Hope Spot: After Marco decks Mordred it looks like it's all over and everyone is safe, wrong! Mordred proceeds to get his Villainous Second Wind.
  • Instant Armor
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: The actor who played Will in the movie is from England. His accent shows through quite a bit.
  • Meaningful Name: Allie Pennington...sounds a lot like Arthur Penndragon
  • Pimped-Out Cape: Seems very popular amongst the characters.
  • Prophecy Twist: Arthur was reborn in the modern world, but as a young girl. Surprise!
  • Red Herring: Will in the movie, as it's Ellie/Allie who's Arthur, not him.
  • Reincarnation: Unlike the book, the characters in the film appear to be direct reincarnations of there past counterparts.
    • Allie Pennington = King Arthur
    • Miles = Merlin
    • Lance = Lancelot
    • Jeniffer = Guinevere
    • Mr. Moore = Mordred
    • And in a twist, Will is implied to be Sir Bedivere, Arthur's marshall.
  • Reverse Mole: Marco, in the movie.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: Miles to Allie... and everyone else.
  • Seers: Miles has been experiencing random glimpses of the future for while before he meets Allie. It's an obvious sign that he's Merlin's reincarnation.
  • She Is the King: Mr. Moore thought she might have been the lady of the lake, but didn't really consider that she might be King Authur. And yet, here we are.

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