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Literature: The Circle
"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 and Supernatural 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.

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