Past-Life Regression

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Post by Julehart1 » 07 Jun 2018, 01:52

It depends on what people believe. Some believe in past-life regression so would probably find it more believable to read about it. Others just don't believe in it, so just consider it fantasy. I'm somewhere in the middle. I don't think it's very realistic but it could be possible. The book depicted it pretty well but it wasn't my favorite part of the story.

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Post by Kendra M Parker » 07 Jun 2018, 07:20

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bookowlie wrote:
01 Jun 2018, 09:32
The concept of past-life regression is prevalent in this story. Was it handled in a realistic way or did it verge into fantasy? When the man's eyes started moving in the painting, I have to admit I started rolling my eyes. I also thought Alex was too quick to take Angela's experiences as fact.
I think it definitely treads the line of fantasy. It's done in a way that is pretty generic, in my opinion, but I'm a fantasy nut.
Generic! I can't think of a better way to describe it. What if Angela had been Gerard in her past life? Now that could have turned up the interesting factor in this book.
Now, that would have been interesting! Mixing up the genders or doing something wild like that could have made this book into something very different,

I’m enjoying the book, but I can’t say that it is anything absolutely fabulous in any of the genres it touches (fantasy, thriller, romance). Together it just makes for an enjoyable book.

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Post by Laura Bach » 07 Jun 2018, 09:38

Past-life regression is not something we see every day and it felt a little unrealistic in the book. It is an element of fantasy for me.

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Post by Riszell » 07 Jun 2018, 11:23

Past-life regression is typically undertaken either in pursuit of a spiritual experience, or in a psychotherapeutic setting.

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Post by ChrisChatfield » 07 Jun 2018, 21:04

I suppose its a delicate balance between leaving things up to interpretation and explaining the plot clearly. Unfortunately, the books I've read that are trying for the discussion you mentioned end up being too ambiguous to do anything with...or there is symbolism that would be impossible for the common Joe to pick up on. Basically, it has to be explained enough to have an actual conversation.

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Post by SereneCharles » 08 Jun 2018, 02:21

I don't believe in past life regression and anything like it. The eyes in a painting moving? That's creepy and very unrealistic.
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Post by daniya__shah3 » 08 Jun 2018, 02:30

I think not many people believe in reincarnation and regression theory, so this might not seem realistic to most. I'm not so sure myself, however, there is this form of psychiatry where they try to probe and permeate your subconscious mind and figure out the reason behind your problems in the present, linking them to the past. Like I said, not really sure if this works.
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Post by NRoach » 08 Jun 2018, 09:06

My response to this kind of stuff in reality is utter incredulity, and I'm not too forgiving of it in fiction, either. The author definitely had a job in getting me on board, and didn't really manage it in the slightest.

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Post by sanjus » 08 Jun 2018, 10:01

it appears to me that putting the past life regression concept in the story was required to give some revelation and justification of the events in the storyline. that is how the story gets more appealing
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Post by Zain A Blade » 08 Jun 2018, 12:59

I would have enjoyed the book more without the supernatural element brought in.

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Post by kfwilson6 » 08 Jun 2018, 14:12

I enjoy the inclusion of the connection Alex and Angela have to their past lives, but I think they were too quick to accept that that was what was going on. I don't think everyone would assume they were going crazy, but I would expect a healthy dose of skepticism. Overall, I enjoyed the link between the characters in different centuries but wish the characters had shown more skepticism and hesitation in accepting that they were linked to their past lives and they were "eternal lovers."

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Post by kfwilson6 » 08 Jun 2018, 14:28

cristinaro wrote:
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Well, the past-life interludes were not exactly realistic to me. In many instances, I had the impression Alex treated everything too carelessly and light-heartedly. Besides, he does not seem to have any problem in Angela kissing him during her trance episodes. Did you notice that the action takes place between August 3 and September 15? Let's say they were lovers in other lives and their instant connection is explainable as such. However, there are too many things happening too fast over a very short period of time. I would have liked the past-life episodes to be much more detailed for the story to gain credibility.
I'm glad you pointed out the time frame. I probably would not have noticed that. One of my peeves about romance in stories is how the characters are always conveniently attracted to each other. I wish everyone I knew was so attractive! I realize there is a reason that it is written that way but oftentimes I wish for something a little more realistic. Some hesitation and a "getting to know you" period before having sex, moving in together, or professing their love would be nice.

I didn't care for how Alex was so enthralled and involved when Angela kissed him the first time in the trance-like state, and he didn't even know her. But then he doesn't want to take advantage of her in her fragile state? MMMM....we are lacking some consistency here.

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Post by Dael Reader » 08 Jun 2018, 20:26

I have a sense that the past-life regressions are completely unrealistic. From what little I know about the real spiritual beliefs surrounding reincarnation, this type of "possession" does not happen. The scene involving Angela's regression memory of Sophia having sex with Max was particularly vulgar. (I suspect people who believe in reincarnation are not expecting to relive orgasms from past lives.)

There are other ways the author could have handled this part of the story. For instance, Angela could have simply received her second-sight through a dream. Or a more typical psychic connection. Even just a visit from a ghosts would have been better. Or here's an idea. Since Angela is supposedly an art historian and Alex is an art detective, maybe they could have worked out the mystery in a more academic way. But of course, that would have meant more work for the author, since she would have had to do some research on her own. And that might have left her little time to work on the profound sex scenes that dominate the novel.

The reincarnation past-life regression angle is sloppy and uninspired and I just don't think it works.

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Post by CinWin » 08 Jun 2018, 22:31

Everyone has a different belief system. If you don't belive in past-life regression you would probably think it hokey. However, if you do believe in it then it was handled quite my humble opinion.
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Post by DorcasToo » 08 Jun 2018, 23:55

Past-life regression isn't a common feature in most reads. It is a risk as it can easily run into fantasy

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