"The apocalypse begins in Bergslagen"The Circle
(Swedish title Cirkeln
) is a Swedish
young adult fantasy novel written by Mats Strandberg and Sara Bergmark Elfgren and published in 2011. It is the first part of the Engelsfors
trilogy. It was published in the US in 2013.
The novel takes place in a fictional rural town in Bergslagen in central Sweden and follows a group of six teenage girls, Minoo Falk Karimi, Rebecka Molin, Anna-Karin Nieminen, Ida Holmström, Vanessa Dahl and Linnéa Wallin. They have little in common until they discover that they all are witches chosen to save the world
from an otherworldly evil
. The authors have cited Twin Peaks
, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
as some of their main influences. The book was quite a big success in Sweden, being nominated for the prestigous annual literature prize "Agustpriset" in the young adult category. It has been sold in over 20 other countries. A film adaptation was announced but was halted due to conflicts
between the authors and the production company Filmlance, who wanted to make certain changes to the script that the authors felt uncomfortable about. As of 2013, this has cleared up as Benny Andersson (of ABBA
fame) has stepped in and bought the rights from Filmlance. The film will be directed by Levan Akin, with a script by Levan Akin and Sara Bergmark Elfgren. Filming is expected to start in early 2014, with a tentative release date of 2015.
The sequel, Fire
, was released in 2012 and the third and final part, The Key
, in 2013.Needs Wiki Magic Love
The Circle provides examples of:
- Academy of Evil: The witches are told straight out that their school is a place of evil. And much of the bad stuff in the novel happens there.
- Actually Pretty Funny: When the circle meets in Linnéa's flat, Linnéa can't help snickering at Ida's first comment:
Pretty cozy ... if you're a serial killer, that is.
- Adults Are Useless: And how!
- Anyone Can Die As of Fire, three of the seven witches are dead.
- All Witches Have Cats
- Alpha Bitch: Ida
- Apocalypse Maiden: It's hinted that Minoo might be one.
- Brainless Beauty: Averted
- Corrupt Church: Not really a church because religion is not really adressed beyond the Chosen Ones attending funerals, but the Council which runs the world of the witches. Due to their cover up of the prophecy they do not belive the Chosen Ones are the Chose Ones which may very well end of the world. They are pretty much a bunch of principles zealots.
- Dark Secret: Oh, so many to pick from...
- Domino Revelation
- The Dragon: Multiple examples.
- Max for the demons in the first book, Olivia in the second. Both are dragons with an agenda.
- Viktor Ehrenskiöld acts like one for his father Alexander Ehrenskiöld.
- The Malmsten couple acts like this for Olivia.
- Drama Club: Used as a cover up by the witches to meet up.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Not really. Max only spares Minoo because he was in love with her. The demons agreed with him and changed their deal. That is not going to end well considering the authors are fans of Joss Whedon.
- Elemental Powers
- Exposition of Immortality
- Five-Man Band
- The Leader: Rebecka
- The Lancer: Linnea
- The Smart Guy: Minoo
- The Big Guy: Anna-Karin
- The Chick: Vanessa
- Sixth Ranger: Ida
- Then again, this is subverted. Rebecka dies forcing Minoo to become the leader of the group. In Fire Ida develops into a more usefull member of the group and works along with the others. While Minoo is useless for the most of The Circle, at the end she reveals are hidden power which is similar to the ones the demons have. Because Minoo likes clearcut rules there is a chance that she may become a Sixth Ranger Traitor in The Key.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Goth: Linnea and her "brother"/soul mate Elias.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Lots of these feelings goes around.
- Jerk Jock: All of the bullies.
- Knight Templar: The demons
- Legacy Character
- Like Reality Unless Noted
- Love Makes You Evil: The Big Bad in the second novel loved Elias and wants to sacrifice the entire school because the demons have said that it will get him back from the dead.
- Magical Society: There's references to a secret magical society run by a tyrannical council, but it does not affect the plot until the second novel.
- Meaningful Background Event: The first novel references a blue haired girl at a few points and the inscription "Only the good die young" on a toilet door. These elements becomes very important in the second novel.
- Playing Against Type: The Circle is pretty much a breakdown and subversion of the regular stereotypes for girls in horror and fantasy novels.
- Principles Zealot: Alexander Ehrenskiöld. He got somewhat better.
- Tsundere: Oliva
- Six Student Clique: Subverted; with the exception of Minoo and Rebecka, none of the witches hang out or know each other very well.
- Shipper on Deck: about half the cast is cheering for Vanessa and Linnea
- Shout-Out: In the comic tie-in, Olivia has a drawing of the main character in the Swedish horror graphic novel Alena on her wall.
- Staking the Loved One: Minoo turns the teacher Max into an empty shell after the witches find out he killed Rebecka and Elias.
- Starts with a Suicide: That's what the baddies want you to think, but it's completly clear this is not a suicide as much as first degree murder with the use of mind control.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Linnea. Big time.
- Teacher/Student Romance: Miloo has a crush on the young, handsome teacher Max and it turns out he is in love with her.
- Unreliable Narrator: The novel is told from the perspective of seven different characters and the description of several characters changes depending on the subjective view of the narrator character.