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I have been watching a lot of the 1966 Dark Shadows lately.

  • I get upset that I cannot live in Collinsport.
  • The dead don’t stay dead.
  • The Collins family deals with scandals by sweeping them under the rug.
  • David Collins has the beginnings of being a sociopath, his list of crimes includes:
  1. Attempted Murder ( He tried to kill his father)
  2. Sabotage (by removing the bleeder valve from his dad’s brake cylinder) 
  3. False Imprisonment (Locking Victoria Winters in a closed off section)
  4. Theft (stealing Mrs. Johnson’s cigarettes)
  5. Arson (setting the fishing shack on fire) {though he was under the influence of his mother}

gothcatlady  asked:

LETS TALK ABOUT DARK SHADOWS since you're on a posting spree. I keep trying to watch it (I'm in early season two I believe) but I just get SO uncomfortable with the non-consensual double whammy of Mrs. Stoddard's blackmail plot and Maggie's brainwashing. It's 24/7 "Let's Make Women Do Terrible Things Against Their Will: The Soap Opera". Do people seriously go through the series still thinking Barnabas is a tragic, misunderstood good guy?

see i love love love both of those plots - and the first is because i love to detest jason (because dennis patrick is a treasure) and it’s the last remnant of the pre-barnabas days, and the second because it’s so, so, so messed up and i adore barnabas as a villain but like -

okay. so jonathan frid was originally hired for 13 weeks to be a villain and then be killed off. and then he proved really popular, because i’m not gonna lie, he actually is a pretty interesting villain in my book (unless people actually were sympathizing with his josette shit back in the day, which wouldn’t surprise me).

and so the writers took this popularity to the next level and gave him a convoluted plot that basically is all LOOK AT THIS EVIL WOMAN WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR ROMANTIC HERO’S DESCENT INTO DARKNESS IT’S REALLY NOT HIS FAULT!!! and then we come out of that and suddenly - with no explanation other than “understanding his motives" - barnabas has gone from certifiable canon douchebag to romantic hero.

it’s total bullshit.

but i love this show so much.

On the subject of the Collins Family scandals:


Roger: My  son tried to kill me !

Liz: Boys will be boys.

(sweep, sweep, sweep)

Roger : Bill Malloy’s death was an accident !

Liz:  Of course it was.

(sweep,sweep,sweep)

Ben Stokes : Master Barnabas is dead?

Joshua Collins: No, he went to England.

(sweep, sweep, sweep)

princess-danvers  asked:

vicki winters 4 always.

HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS CHARACTER

  • vicki winters is basically flawless. her hair is insured for $10,000 etc. but no - she gets way, way, way too much shit from the fandom - oddly enough, from the same people who don’t want to admit that their gothic soap opera is flawed, often times. but she’s a lot stronger than people give her credit for. so much stronger. and sorry barnabas collins aka your fave ruined that.

ALL THE PEOPLE I SHIP ROMANTICALLY WITH THIS CHARACTER

  • roger and quentin forever and for always. also, peter guthrie. 

MY NON-ROMANTIC OTP FOR THIS CHARACTER

  • carolyn. burke. millicent. jeremiah. angelique. so on and so forth.

MY UNPOPULAR OPINION ABOUT THIS CHARACTER

  • she really didn’t say “i don’t understand” that much - and everyone who says she did clearly hasn’t been in an experience where literally everything is different from what they expected in ways they never thought possible.

ONE THING I WISH HAD HAPPENED TO THIS CHARACTER IN CANON

  • being a precious time traveling princess AND ALSO POTENTIALLY THE GRIM REAPER and also not being killed by jeb hawkes. that’s two things. but whatever.