I MYSELF AM STRANGE AND UNUSUAL
By Angela Garrity, Guest Blogger
Get shrouded in the darkness today because it’s World Goth Day.
Long before the world was given the dark gifts of “Dracula” and “Frankenstein”, there was one man who was so fascinated with medieval history and artifacts, that he breathed life into what was then termed “new” and “old” romantic realities. This blending of styles placed ordinary characters in extraordinary situations.
In 1764, Horace Walpole wrote a story called “The Castle of Otranto”, and was granted the subtitled “A Gothic Story” during its second printing. It describes a “pleasing sort of horror” and was absolved as a natural extension of Romantic literature. It implies a sort of romance with the darker side of life, which is something that can be said to describe the little blossoms of gloom described at the beginning.
"History is a romance that is believed; romance, a history that is not believed," Walpole said. Tragic, isn’t it?
The elements of Walpole’s story have never died, despite it being centuries old. It continued to cover Europe in its shadows and eventually spread worldwide. This obscurity has inspired art, architecture, music, novels, movies, television, fashion, beauty and all things shaded by this subculture – both then and now.
The term “Goth” is a subculture made famous through the development of gothic rock, a post-punk genre, that came from the English 1980’s music scene. The aesthetic behind being “Goth” was black clothing and hair, piercings, and lots of dark lipstick – all adorned on pale skin.
World Goth Day celebrates all people worldwide who identify with the strange and unusual, gives us our own date of celebration of being, and the opportunity to make this subculture known, yet also welcomes those who want to “get their Goth on” to be bound, for at least one day, in a little bit of our darkness.
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