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Dark Shadows: Angelique's Descent Paperback – Bargain Price, April 10, 2012
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Angelique professes to love Barnabas and perhaps it had; over time, though, love becomes obsession. As much as the young woman wants her motives to be understood she cannot be understood. She shows no regret for terrible things she did in anger to hurt Barnabas; such as nearly killing Sarah Collins.
I read Lara Parker's Dark Shadows books when I was 18 but I read the books with the real of a long obsessed fan of the tv show. Much older now I appreciate the story's psychological aspects.
Lara Parker is equally as adept as a writer as she is as an actress. Having played Angelique on the small screen for so many years, there’s no one who knows the character better, and Ms. Parker superbly fleshes her out, peeling back the layers of her jealousy and hatred to reveal a truly tortured and conflicted figure. Appropriately, past events are described from Angelique’s perspective, through the discovery of her diary by Barnabas, who heads the familiar assortment of characters in 1971. Barnabas’ relationship with Angelique is a central theme that fuels the entire series, and the author depicts their first encounter at a tender age, leaving a strong impression on both.
She also likens Angelique’s witchcraft to Barnabas’ vampirism; it’s not something she embraces willingly, but the darkness within her that she’s constantly fighting, which eventually consumes her entirely and leaves her powerless to become anything other than what she is. Barnabas’ betrayal is the final catalyst of Angelique’s descent. Professing his undying love for Angelique and his goal for independence from his wealthy family, then caving to familial pressure and developing true love for Josette du Pres, coldly turning away from Angelique in the process, Barnabas often comes across as cowardly and hypocritical, making Angelique’s curse on him seem a fitting and deserved retribution. In spite of that, she continues to pursue him, her unwilling companion for eternity. Ms. Parker’s portrayal of Barnabas Collins is also spot-on.
Written by one who understands the iconic DARK SHADOWS characters, and who also brought one of those characters to startling life, ANGELIQUE’S DESCENT is a revealing tale delivered with the highest level of compelling drama found in the series itself.
In the 1700's, we meet a sweet innocent little girl named Angelique Bouchard is forced to live with her slave-owning dad and makes her pretend to be a Goddess named Erzulie in order to keep his slaves in line. I'll admit this part kinda dragged a little while with her being trapped in a room for a while. She has a book of spells and begins to practice small witchcraft.
Things really become interesting when Angelique finally breaks free and goes to Martinique and works for the Du Pres' family. This is when she meets Barnabas and falls madly in love with him. Her heart is broken when Barnabas is to marry Josette, and that's when she slowly starts to become the witch we all love to hate. It ties into the 1795 storyline pretty well. I hope I haven't ruined too much. If you love the series and want to read about how Angelique became who she was, you'll love DARK SHADOWS: ANGELIQUE'S DESCENT!!!
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The book is set in the 1970s with a series of flashbacks to the 1700s in the form of diary entries and set the scene for one of the central relationships in both the Dark Shadows TV series and the film, that of Barnabas Collins and the servant girl Angelique. It covers the development of her supernatural powers and the impact she has on Barnabas and his family.
The book itself is in the vein of many supernatural romantic novels and the use of the diary entries to tell the story itself works as it allows the book to move through the background at pace.
This is fan fiction, but with one difference, it is written by the actress who played Angelique in the 60s and 70s TV series and you get a real sense of the story being the one that shape the character she played and therefore is well thought through and has depth to the feelings of those involved.
You don't need to be familiar with the series to enjoy this book.
If you're looking for something that follows the 2012 Tim Burton movie, or even the 1966 TV series, then this isn't it. However, I would still strongly encourage you to buy this book. Written by Lara Parker, the actress who played Angelique in the original TV series, this book delves into Angelique's past in an enrapturing storyline. From her shocking childhood to her first chance encounter with Barnabas right through to the two's marriage - I'm giving nothing away, but everything is simply mesmerizing. Once I started reading this book, I couldn't stop.
An excellent look into the past, it will even get you feeling some sympathy towards Angelique, believe it or not. Full of twists to keep you going on guessing, this is a must-buy for any Dark Shadows fan regardless of your knowledge: whether you've only seen the movie, only seen the TV series, even if you've merely heard of the franchise. Whatever your knowledge, I guarantee you can enjoy this fantastic read.
The book starts in 1971, just after the series finished. Barnabas Collins has been cured of his vampirism and is about to marry Julia Hoffman. He discovers Angelique's diary in the old Collins' house, which is due to be demolished.
The first half of the book tells of Angelique's childhood in Martinique, how she learns voodoo and meets and falls in love with the young Barnabas Collins. This, original, part of the book is far better than the second half which is a retelling of the 1797 storyline from the series. Since Barnabas kills Angelique in the series, the end of the book ties up the plot by means of a letter written by Barnabas to his mother discovered in the ruins of the old house, which comes across as rather contrived. The vivid descriptions of Angelique growing up in Martinique, first with her mother who is a healer and witch, then her father who uses her to keep control of his slaves by pretending she's a voodoo goddess and finally as servant to Josette DuPres, are the strongest point of the book. After Angelique travels to Collinsport and events start to retell what happened in the series the book goes a bit flat.
The book, perhaps wisely, ignores the events of the 1840 storyline which has Angelique's origins as Miranda DuVal follower of 17th century warlock Judah Zachary, who left Collinsport for Martinique in 1692 after giving evidence against her former master when he was tried and executed for witchcraft. It also ignores Victoria Winter's time traveling to 1797 and it is Phyllis Wick, the original governess with whom Victoria exchanged places, who gets executed for Angelique's witchcraft.
Der traurige Barnabas Collins ist ein 200-jähriger Vampir, der von einer in ihn verliebten Ärztin geheilt wurde und deshalb das Tageslicht erträgt. Nach wie vor hat er Mühe mit seiner schlimmen Vergangenheit fertig zu werden, seine Gedanken schweifen immer wieder zur bösen, aus Martinique stammenden Angélique, die ihn zum Vampir verfluchte. Um sich von den Gedanken an sie zu befreien, brennt er das Herrenhaus nieder, das er mit ihr verbindet. Einzig das Tagebuch der jungen Angélique überlebt das Feuer. Widerwillig, aber fasziniert, beginnt er das Buch zu lesen und entdeckt seine Mitschuld an den Ereignissen.
Das Buch besteht vor allem aus den traurigen Erlebnissen von Angélique, die ihr Leben lang von allen ausgenutzt worden ist. Anfangs von ihrem Vater als Jungfrauengöttin missbraucht, um die Sklaven ruhig zu halten, rutscht sie immer tiefer in den Voodoo-Kult hinein. Ohne Perspektiven bleibt ihr nur die Rache. Die Story ist recht extrem, speziell für Liebhaber von Voodoo-Geschichten geeignet und recht negativ. Gestützt wird sie mit Tagebucheintragungen, Logik lässt sich wenig blicken. Die erste Hälfte des Buches hat mir gut gefallen, weniger jedoch die folgenden brutalen Beschreibungen.
Wer jedoch ein Buch voller vampirischen Zähnegefletschens erwartet, der wird enttäuscht sein.
Ich jedoch konnte das Buch nicht weglegen und bin wirklich begeistert davon. Den zweiten Teil habe ich mir auch bereits gekauft. Eine volle Empfehlung!
The only saving grace is that I bought this for 99p as a Kindle offer. My heart goes out to those who bought the paperback version. At least I can dispose of mine by pressing a button and I can do it with a clear conscience that no trees were harmed by my purchase.