gothic-heroines

Alices (when male: Alistairs or, of any gender: “Fools”) are unlike other adventurers in that they are actively sought by adventure.  Alices forever find themselves falling into cursed rabbit holes, accidentally killing witches, having their half-brothers stolen by goblin kings, being willed magic rings, finding demons inserted in their chests or having armored knights ride through their homes at bedtime.  Obscure gods, however, sympathize with them…and an Alice is a boon to any adventuring party.  Some Alices wear striped stockings, some Alistairs wear pointed shoes.
—  A Red and Pleasant Land
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In this video, we see the proper way in which monstrous villains may court heroines without being dicks about it:

  1. Invite her to your lair and let her accept the invitation of her own accord.  No kidnapping!
  2. If your face resembles that of a goth Klingon, focus on your other positive aspects to impress her (such as a powerful voice and impressive showmanship.)
  3. Hospitality is important.  And again, hospitality is all the more appreciated when your guest has not been kidnapped!
  4. Don’t judge her for being attracted to your vampire brides.  If she’s cool with you, you can be cool with her.
  5. Have a straightforward relationship talk, in which you can both agree on what you want from each other emotionally and what your boundaries are.
  6. Shyness on the part of reclusive monsters is understandable, but allow her to see your face nevertheless.
  7. Take her on a motorcycle ride.  Heroines love motorcycle rides.

Although I have used male and female pronouns here based on the video, these are good guidelines for any gender!

(As a side note, I love this song.  I’d have it as the first dance at my wedding if the constantly changing tempo didn’t make it impossible to dance to.)

Poe junkie

The cold of London is forgotten in the glow of a lighter,
It is all you do to kill the grey,
Numb at the tips and you flick it right up,
And a dead man they say,
as you get High another day,
Just a drag to a smile, its chocolate.

Just a dab you use it,
Get high to get calm,
Paranoia but you do it,
Sweet lies its all like chocolate

You and your friends call it chocolate,
The lyrics of the song called it fate,
Roll up and strum the strings, chocolate to forget,
Dead inside and sad soaked futile hate,
You bite her lips, taste like wine and chocolate,
You call it chocolate, just a lie; you dead?

Your lungs they take it in like a friend,
Your heart breaks again, remember why you like it?
She broke your heart so you broke your head,
Bent with drags of chocolate, loved her but she didn’t know,
Bite your lips, light it up and inhale your fate

Inspired by the 1975 chocolate and my own addiction and self destruction
“Suppose I broke away and left you, or made it impossible for you to stay. That I was base and false; in every way unworthy of your love, and it was clearly right for you to go, what would you do then?”
“Go away and–”
He interrupted with a triumphant laugh, “Die as heroines always do, tender slaves as they are.”
“No, live and forget you”, was the unexpected reply.
—  A Long Fatal Love Chase, by Louisa May Alcott

Speaking of makeup, just like there are many shades of alt-girl clothes, there are many ways for gothic heroines to adorn their faces.  I’ll try to avoid specifying exact shades here (since everyone’s coloration is different) and stick to general images.

  1. ‘I am an innocent but clever maiden who looks like she stepped out of a sedate country portrait’- soft neutrals, 'dewey’ skin, subtle blush.
  2. 'I am beautiful and tragic and Poe wrote a whole book of stories about me’- strong eyes and mouth that pop against your skin tone.
  3. 'Just because I’m a vampire doesn’t mean I can’t be a gothic heroine’- classic 'goth’ makeup, with heavy eyeliner, super-dark lipstick, and no blush.
  4. 'Mina Harker didn’t shop at Sephora and neither do I’- no makeup, just a fantastic outfit and maybe chapstick.
Finally, a don’t-judge-the-book-by-its-cover bookshop in Australia!

(Photo by James Rollins)

Quite literally, the Elizabeth’s Bookshop in Australia got a simple, but brilliant idea, selling secondhand books wrapped up in brown paper like gifts, and writing in clues which will certainly tickle one’s curiosity!

A Blind Date with a Book is how they call it. It’s a promo which started in 2014, basically for those who wanted to save time choosing a book, by not judging on how they look like.

(Photo Tag the Bird)

The bookshop’s website describes the idea:

A Blind Date with a Book is basically a MYSTERY title alluded to by clues on the plain brown paper wrapper.

One of the wrapped up books would read like this:

  • First novel by top 19th c English Lit / 20th c  cult author
  • “And what are you reading, Miss ——- ?” “Oh! Its only a novel” replies the young lady.
  • Gothic heroine, Romantic mystery, Creepy old building

Someone bold enough and take the challenge guessing what book is this?

rin-tohsaka said: I wish this was reblogable! Also, I am so VERY interested in the academic pieces that have been written on the subject. Any links you can share?

Your wish is my command.

Furthermore, here are a few academic papers for your perusal.  Naturally, varying viewpoints are contained within:

The Female Gothic: An Introduction

Haunted House/Haunted Heroine: Female Gothic Closets in “The Yellow Wallpaper”

Catherine Morland in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, An Unlikely Gothic Heroine

From Virtuous Virgins to Vampire Slayers: The Evolution of the Gothic Heroine from the Early Gothic to Modern Horror

Also, if you can get ahold of it, take a look at the book The Female Gothic, by Juliann E. Fleenor.  Amazon says it’s rare, sadly, but my old library had a copy and it was what got me interested in this topic to begin with.

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“It was long before the terror of recent events subsided; and to this hour the image of Carmilla returns to memory with ambiguous alternations—sometimes the playful, languid, beautiful girl; sometimes the writhing fiend I saw in the ruined church; and often from a reverie I have started, fancying I heard the light step of Carmilla at the drawing room door.”

I didn’t exactly come up with a costume, instead just dressed like a literary reference no one would just guess. Still, it’s an excuse to wear this nightgown/dressing gown pairing I found on Etsy with a black wig and my Osteal Chesire moon necklace.