Hello readers and welcome back to another thrilling installment of Give It a Shot! Previously in this column we have recommended a lot of quality web series. Carmilla, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Romance of the Three Kitchens. This one I want to talk about today has, in fact, got these show beat in terms of cross-media storytelling. An adaptation of the popular 20th century classic, The Secret Garden, The Misselthwaite Archives opens up the world of Mary Lennox, a teen who moves in with her uncle and cousin after her parents die in a terrible accident.
The Misselthwaite Archives is an on-going web series that adapts The Secret Garden for a modern audience. Updating ever Wednesday and Friday on YouTube, the videos do not follow the strict vlogging framing device that other series have used, nor is it solely shot like a TV show. It uses multiple styles, angles, and frames in order to present the story in the best way possible. Their website also lets users interact in different ways with the story by seeing pictures, letters, and other artifacts from the story as well as using the typical tools of Twitter feeds.
I will say that what this series does best, better than most of the web series and TV shows I have seen, is that the teens talk and act like real teenagers. They curse, they are stubborn, they don’t deal with their emotions well, they can’t deal with the world around them, in a way that is much more relatable. Mary and Callie are constantly at each other’s throats even if they do love each other and use each other to grow, just like real teenagers would do. It adds a lot of charm to the story and makes it a more enjoyable watch.The actors are on point, it has high quality production, it’s smart and well paced. It promises to be one of the best web series of the year, perhaps of the entire genre. I highly advise that you give it a shot!