Yes… amazingly… this is what I’ve been hearing about Margaret Josette Dupres and about “The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows” How can this be possible?
Well, I did do all that combing from 2007-2011 before my decision of solving ALL of the problems in Collinsport came to a beginning. I didn’t find anything solving all of the problems and as I combed there was nothing I could truly read fully without feeling most of it had been done to make matters worse, pair up the wrong people with each other, or only focus on a few characters while The Muse ran out of steam. Now that complete DVD sets of Dark Shadows have been released this may be changing… and yet… here I am starting a healing process I could only see by inviting more spooky characters along for the ride.
And people keep saying: Crossover, crossover, crossover… I do stick with the term Multi-Fandom… but the amazing lesson here is: Dark Shadows is ALREADY a Multi-Fandom! Look at the story-lines borrowed to create it:
- Victoria Winters and her role as governess is inspired by title character in Charlotte Brontë’s gothic novel Jane Eyre.
- Burke Devlin and his motivation for returning is reminiscent of Alexandre Dumas’ novel The Count of Monte Cristo.
- The witchcraft trial involving Victoria Winters is inspired by Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible. Reverend Trask’s fate is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Cask of Amontillado.”
- The character of Adam is inspired by Mary Shelley’s horror novel Frankenstein.
Elizabeth’s Fear Of Being Buried Alive, episode 513 to 672. This storyline is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Premature Burial.”
- The character of Quentin Collins and his role is inspired by the Peter Quint in Henry James’s gothic novel The Turn of the Screw.
- The heartbeat that tortures Quentin is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Tell-Tale Heart.”
- Jenny Collins is inspired by the character of Bertha from Charlotte Brontë’s gothic novel Jane Eyre. (Hence my attempt to think of something else by watching Jane Eyre did me NO good.)
- Worthington Hall and Gregory Trask’s running of it is inspired by Charles Dickens’s novel Nicholas Nickleby.
- The portrait of Quentin Collins is inspired by Oscar Wilde’s gothic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.
- The hand of Count Petofi is inspired by W. W. Jacobs’s short story “The Monkey’s Paw.” Quentin’s torture is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Pit and the Pendulum.”
Need I say more? (This list goes on at wikipedia.org)
So why the broo-ha over crossovers? I’m only blending in newer ones. And why? To change things for the better and to fix them. But which people makes sense for each other? Well… ever try asking any characters what they want?
My deduction is a few characters fascinate enough to create a singular story or at least one that makes sense to a few characters needs. But all of them? No wonder I get so much silence. Not only is there humour, for which people seem to have lost the ability to detail what caught them, but also there could be that underlying trouble that not only am I creating a radio series similar to the actual show by switching scenes and inter-changing plot-lines, which incorporates as many DS characters as possible, but also adding ones they haven’t met before. Must be too much of a mind-blow to happily comment on lines.
The wonderful part is these characters floating towards Collinwood are NOT naive about how it operates. They know the score and they are not surprised by it, some are even tickled:
Or know precisely how to handle it:
But then again, Dark Shadows fans are used to keeping tabs on what goes wrong, not so much on what turns out well. How to make it all work out without anyone being left behind is tough. For me, I’m used to dodging bad moods in order not to deal with foul-play. I’ve had an entire life of solving problems just to save myself and a few others (not that they’re grateful…). So this concept is beyond obscure. But a mutli-fandom with more spooky characters? Hmm… after the evidence that that is what Dark Shadows is to start with… I must wonder.
But still… 40 Years… Yes… that’s how frightful this whole thing has gotten. Creative expression was often daunted by cliques and bullies putting down ideas, which is easy to incite from people in a dark soap opera… those skills are turned up full-blast from the exposure of hideousness and self-righteous indignation, but also from the complexity.
So, many Julia/Barnabas, Angelique/Barnabas or other more popular designs cascaded for decades in fanzines and online. Of course, they’re the FEISTY gals and turn-on the FEISTY side of creators who like them… Makes me wonder how the 2012 film came up with the story they did.
Could it be because who Barnabas Collins desired was… I don’t know…. OBVIOUS? (Remember, I started mine long before that film came out.)
Still, that film gave a ray of hope to a few who understood, whilst the downpour of hatred exploded online and all the DS bullies were re-vitalized in their rage against it.
And so, one creator who continued to be ignored fought vigilantly on. And now, after so many decades, the choices she’s making and spending thousands of dollars to create in voice and sound is finding those who want that relief.
As Moominmamma says: “What a strange world the world is…”