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Gothic Literature!

:icondragonflae:
Dragonflae Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Who else here reads and/or writes old-style Gothic literature?

I've seen many on this site claim to write it, but much to my disgust I've found nothing but teenage characters with badly interpreted emotional disorders and the repeat of the words 'bleed' and 'darkness'.
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:iconmangagirl1603:
mangagirl1603 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My friend :icontheawesomefaerie: has recently became obsessed with Gothic literature (especially Edgar Allan Poe) after studying it in school and is trying to brush it off on me. It's working, but I've been too busy lately to sit down and read anything, it's annoying.
Last week my friends and I all spent 45 minutes reading E.A.P. poems to each other, much to the disgust of one of them.
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EricThomasStudios Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Waiting for the copy of Carmilla to come in the next few days :D I grew up on Lovecraft and Poe, and try to write my urban fantasy stories with at least some of the depressing charm of the Gothic works in there.
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DeFor Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student
Melmoth the Wanderer is my absolute favorite. Followed closely by The Monk, and The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. I don't much care for the more modern stuff, unless you count H P Lovecraft as gothic.
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FerricPlushy Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Original frankenstein was like one of the worst books I've ever read. is all gothic literature written like that?
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:icondragonflae:
Dragonflae Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
No two books are the same. I prefer Poe to Shelly by far.
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Nenril-Tf Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
there are the great classic: as Frankenstein by M.Shelley or Otranto Castel or Vampires sagas by Polidori, Fanu and Stoker.
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:iconwitwitch:
witwitch Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
I've a few plot ideas which may be considered gothic fiction, but I haven't yet penned them. Does gothic fiction require a particular setting?
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:icondragonflae:
Dragonflae Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
My English textbook specifies that Gothic fiction has disturbed or unbalanced characters, dreary settings and supernatural events.
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:iconwitwitch:
witwitch Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
I'm missing supernatural; I merely have disturbed, unbalanced characters doing disturbing things in a dreary setting.
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:icondragonflae:
Dragonflae Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
You don't have to do much else, then. Just leave one or two things unexplained, and it should count -w-
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:iconwitwitch:
witwitch Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
That's true. Would you consider, for example, Sweeney Todd to be gothic, despite lack of the supernatural? It's a farfetched story, but I don't recall there being any magic, ghosts, or demons in it.
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:icondragonflae:
Dragonflae Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
I think Sweeney Todd counts, yeah, simply because it's so bizarre.

I love that play :la:
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:iconwitwitch:
witwitch Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
I haven't seen it as a play. I saw the movie, and it was amusing. I felt it would have been better if someone other than John Depp had been chosen for the lead, only because he can't sing that well.

My fiance saw it as a play, and said it was much better that way.
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:icondragonflae:
Dragonflae Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
I would have been in the play, had they not cancelled it :iconfacepalmplz:
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Katy-L-Wood Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student General Artist
I just read "Unspoken" by Sarah Rees Brennan and it's got a good gothic twist to it without the emotional disorders or any of that stuff. You should check it out, it's a pretty good book!
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:iconbenjamin-biddix:
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think my stuff counts. :P
....But I always see the same thing too...
"I bleed in the dark"......bleh.
I also have been curious about this...but never made a thread.
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:icondragonflae:
Dragonflae Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
I probably should have posted this in 'Literature', but oh well.

I love reading stuff by Poe and such. You?
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:iconbenjamin-biddix:
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The Divine Comedy I read often along with Paradise lost....the way they are written just inspires me. :heart:
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:icondragonflae:
Dragonflae Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
I'm not sure those count as Gothic, actually.
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:iconbenjamin-biddix:
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hmm....what about H.P Lovecraft?
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:icondragonflae:
Dragonflae Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
I sadly havn't read anything by Lovecraft, though I want to. It counts from what I've heard of the author, though.
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:iconbenjamin-biddix:
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:noes: you would love it...lots of crazy shit.
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Dragonflae Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
:la: what sort?
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