The Fall of Angels
In the movie, City of Angels, when Nicholas Cage chose to fall from Heaven to be with Meg Ryan, my friends thought it was really romantic. They loved the film. I screamed at the TV. How could he leave the grace of God for the love of a human woman? Clearly, he was insane!
Why do we find the idea of angels falling from heaven for human love so appealing?
It's romantic. Sure. It's one of the most romantic notions, that female allure is stronger than the grace of God. After all, God's love is supposed to be powerful, so the idea of choosing human love over that makes suggests a love so strong that it's willing to forsake everything, even God and eternal life.
Years after seeing City of Angels, I learned about the fall of the Watchers who were apparently so consumed by desire for human women that they rebelled against heaven by taking wives.
However, the idea of fallen angels dates back to at least 3000 B.C., when the Sumerians believed in winged messengers who fell to earth, called the Annunaki. The Annunaki eventually became known to Western culture as the Sons of God, Watchers, or Nephilim in The Book of Enoch, an apocryphal text that never made it into the Bible.
The idea that these winged supernatural beings, who apparently lived in God's grace, would choose to fall is a tremendous lesson of some kind. Partly, it speaks of love, and partly it speaks of sacrifice. But what happens when angels fall? Do they keep falling or do they simply become human? The story of the most famous fallen angel, Lucifer, suggests that rebellion against Heaven leads to great evil. The higher they are, the harder they fall.
What makes the fallen angels so appealing is that their fall is obvious. They know what they have walked away from. They know the ultimate mystery of the presence of God, and yet they chose to rebel in order to have a human experience. While that choice speaks volumes about the wonder of the human experience, fallen angels don't simply become human; should they continue their fall, they face becoming demonic, which is the ultimate character flaw. It's about things going wrong in the worst possible way. However, any story of a fall also has the potential for redemption within it.
I liked the idea of fallen angels, and what happens to them, so much that I wrote The Watcher a romantic thriller about a seventeen-year-old girl whose psychic abilities awaken when she meets a boy, with the soul of an angel, who was her lover in a past life.
Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her. Can he face her without falling again?
Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and somebody trying to steal them.
When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but
not from any textbook.
In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?
Ancient history is only the beginning.
About Lisa Voisin
After studying English literature at the University of Toronto and creative writing at Simon Fraser University, Lisa Voisin had the great fortune of being mentored through Betsy Warland's Vancouver Manuscript Intensive solo program.
A member of the SCBWI (Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), she can usually be found writing at a local cafe in her home town of Vancouver, B.C.
A self-proclaimed coffee lover, when Lisa's not writing, you'll find her meditating in the mountains to counteract the side effects of drinking too much caffeine!
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