I am, admittedly, a Brit Lit junkie, and I’m not afraid to proclaim my love for soap operas either. (The recent cancellation of One Life to Live just about killed me, by the way.) So, when I discovered that the two had come together in a PBS Masterpiece series, I nearly fell out of my chair at the circulation desk in front of a patron.
Many of our customers are way too young to remember the old TV soap opera Dark Shadows. I was five when it premiered and was only ten when it was cancelled, but I remember being scared witless when it aired. My parents were actually very protective of our TV viewing, but I can still remember being scared TO DEATH when I saw Barnabas Collins on TV as a child.
There's something about the charm of Victorian or Edwardian eras that capture our interest. Maybe it's the proper nature of everything, the dignity and regalness of the time. Perhaps its the fashion, taking us back to a time of many layers, pantaloons, and petticoats.