This is going to be a quick, type-it-as-you-go posting. Please forgive my mistakes and half-thought comments....
As everyone knows, Mark Frost's The Secret History of Twin Peaks is out and it is getting some strong reaction from fans. Almost everyone is happy to have it in their hands, to be reading it at long last, and to be returning to the world of Twin Peaks that Frost and Lynch created back in 1989-1990.
But with happiness has come distress.
Some are many who are quite alarmed by the book.
And here is where I get into spoilers. I'm about to discuss a big, over-arching structural spoiler (not detailed spoilers). If you haven't read the book (or all of the book) you may want to stop reading NOW.
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The "history' recounted in the book is not the history most fans know. A great many details are just plain wrong. How can this be? Some suggest that Mark Frost simply didn't do enough homework about Twin Peaks and messed things up. Others think he may have purposefully discarded established backstory in favor of new details which he preferred.
But neither of those seems plausible once you hear what Frost has said in various interviews, and once you see what kind of effort he put into the look, structure, and writing of the book. Mark Frost knows what's what. On Twitter, Frost has declared that "all will be revealed in time." So, clearly there is a bigger scheme at work here: a more intricate plan is in place.
Many are suggesting the new history is the result of time-travel or alternate timelines. Well, I think they are onto something. When David Lynch was making Fire Walk With Me, he purposely introduced a time-travel element. When Annie Blackburne appears to Laura, she is the Annie from the future attempting to alter the past!
How do we know? Lynch said as much in an interview with Chris Rodley in the indispensable Lynch on Lynch. Below is the full passage:
|Lynch on Lynch, p 187.|
Look at that last paragraph! Lynch says he had hopes that someone would see Annie's message and "sort of see it all." See what? See the future!
And then he says, "I had hopes of something coming out of that, and I like the idea of the story going back and forth in time."
There it is. I believe Lynch's interest in the story going back and forth in time stayed with him--that he and Frost discussed the idea--and implications--of time travel and then introduced those ideas into the new series. This helps explain the altered nature of the new Twin Peaks history.
What else could explain it?
UPDATE: I just found this quote on p 19 of Lynch on Lynch:
|Lynch on Lynch p 19.|
Lynch says there's no problem with time (which I interpret to mean time travel is possible). Did Annie go back in time and change the course of events? Did she end up never visiting Twin Peaks? Could the Good Cooper also go back in time--maybe further back in time--and change even more events?
I'll try to provide a more detailed review of Frost's new book in the next few weeks or months. I'm still digesting it. There is much to study . . . . . . .