by Kit Forbes
As a writer I’ve seen the popularity of paranormal books wax and wane, and even through the dark days when publishers insisted “there was no market”, a small but loyal core of paranormal fans helped keep the genre alive.
I’ve always felt a lot of this goes back to the generation that grew up and devoured every episode of the original Dark Shadows. We fell in love with and learned to crave our paranormal sagas full of doomed lovers, tragic heroes, plucky heroines, nasty villains, and assorted family turmoil. It’s not surprising to think that many of us passed our paranormal love onto the generation that followed who are responsible for the recent success of shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, etc.
Being the picky viewer I am, many of the shows don’t grab my attention, while the ones that do invariably get the crappy time slots (Forever Knight) or cancelled before their time (Blood Ties). However, one started last year that has sucked me in much in the way the original Dark Shadows did. If you watch The Vampire Diaries you may already be familiar with it—The Secret Circle.
Judging by my blog travels, it seems that Secret Circle doesn’t get a lot of love from the Vampire Diaries crowd, but if any of you TVD fans like Dark Shadows you should give it another try because it’s got the stuff to make it a “Spawn of Dark Shadows”.
The plot revolves around teenager Cassie Blake who comes to the small town of Chance Harbor following the “accidental” death of her mother. “Accidental” because the viewer knows the whole story while Cassie and her grandmother don’t.
At school, Cassie meets a group of kids who’ve also lost one or both parents during a mysterious boat fire some years earlier. Cassie learns her friends are hereditary witches and that their parents were, too. Cassie refuses to believe her mother was a witch until she finds her mom’s hidden Book of Shadows.
With the setup out of the way the first season has been getting more into old DS territory of hidden family secrets, surprising villains and long lost family members who may or may not be what they seem.
We’ve got the Quentin-esque bad boy, loner in the mid season appearance of Jake. Then there’s Jake’s spurned love Faye who rocks the Angelique vibe oh so well, and the star-crossed love affair with Cassie and Adam.
On the villain side are the witch hunters and their unknown and traitorous witch helper(s). Add in to that mix the tension between the elder witches and the current circle’s surviving parents and you’ve got the generational family drama icing the supernatural cake that keeps me watching.
I recommend you give The Secret Circle a try. You can watch episodes online and learn more about the show and characters here: http://www.cwtv.com/shows/the-secret-circle
~Kit Forbes is an author of Young Adult paranormal fiction and creator of the upcoming multi-author e-book series Order of the Dragon set to debut in mid 2012. For more musings on things paranormal you can check out her blog http://kitforbes.wordpress.com/ or give a virtual hello via Twitter @kitforbeswrites