Jean Auel’s CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR series has always been popular in our library. Back in the mid-eighties, they made a movie out of the first book, starring then-popular Daryl Hannah, and it didn’t garner much positive feedback. They’re trying again.
This time, Auel’s story is being made into a Lifetime series, with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer behind it. Bigger names + better producers will hopefully mean the story gets told with more devotion to the characters and story Auel’s fans have grown to love.
THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR takes place 25,000 years ago and centres around a clan of Neanderthals who take into their group an orphan Cro-Magnon girl named Ayla. It focuses on the story of Ayla growing up in a society not the same as her own, and how she breaks free of the issues placed upon Neanderthal women. Gripping, right?
Auel weaves history and fiction together into a tale that explains the differences in early man, and also shows how much we haven’t changed. Auel did research at her local library, by touring archeological sites, and by going to numerous archeological conventions according to some online bios. We’ll have to wait to see if this television series makes fans happy.