Gothy Books Mini-Review

While I may be a Creative Writing and English Lit student I’ve fallen into a horrid habit of not reading outside of my necessary reading list during the semester. Since I’m on my break I made a little To-Do List of books I already own that I will read. I have a guilt complex that I won’t allow myself to buy new books because I have so many I own that I haven’t read, but since I’m getting back into their pages it’s about time I did a series of Goth-like book mini-reviews!

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 The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Tales by Edgar Allen Poe

I suppose this is a classic when it comes to Goth beloved literature but what really caught my attention were tales like The Pit and the Pendulum and the couple of murder mysteries (which are my favourite stories to read. When starting The Pit and the Pendulum I thought it was going to be Poe’s typical Gothic horror in which the character is slowly driven into madness while the reader watches the characters changing perspective in terms of morals and the world. It does do all of this, but the ending changes everything. I won’t spoil it but if you’ve thought the same about this tale as me than you might be caught with the same sense of ohmyfuckinggodwhatwasthat at the ending and be forced to Goggle it to make sure your conclusion is correct! It was fabulous.

My murder mystery conclusion only hit me when I was Googling films like The Raven which I love but most people think is horrible. Anyway, I came across someone that was wrong on the internet and had proposed Poe’s mysteries to be after the original Sherlock Holmes. I had flung into a passionate rant about the obvious period differences when I realised that Sir Arthur Conan was probably heavily inspired by writers like Poe in his creation of Sherlock Holmes.

Anyway, read it. It is great if you don’t like reading big books at once because the short tales range from five to fourty pages each.

The Vampire Lestat

It feels like a million years ago that I first read Interview with a Vampire, and that I fell in love with Lestat’s cold personality and rage at the world. I feel like with each book outlining each of the character’s histories I fall in love with another character. Louis was never my favourite but Interview forced my love into Lestat, and The Vampire Lestat has forced my love into Armand. The Vampire Armand is definitely next for me.

The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo

When I first remembered that I put this book on my reading list these holidays I regretted it. But then two days later I’d finished the first book and realised how much better it represented the characters than in the (Swedish) films. I suppose it could be included in a Gothy book review since the main character is a Goth. Lisbeth Salander dresses in her token worn leather jacket, books and black. But she also listens to unpopular music whose CD’s consist of “musicians on the covers [who] looked like vampires from outerspace.” Sounds pretty familiar?

But I feel like the character in the books holds so many aspects of general alternative lifestyle that is totally under represented in the films. Lisbeth thinks consistently on mental health and the unjust treatment of those that are open about it. She’s obviously a feminist that at one point coerces someone into giving money to the women’s crisis center. And consistently thinks about sexuality from a fresh perspective (actually there’s far more about sex in the book than the film would suggest).

Now, if you don’t remember from my past film mini-reviews you can find here, my ‘mini-reviews’ aren’t really reviews. Instead they’re a short word-vomit/rant/love-list of things that really caught me about each. As such you might have entirely different ideas that I would love to read in the comments. Do you have any books that you think other Goth’s would love? I’ll put them on my to-read list!

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  1. Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter is a book aimed at people much younger than me but I think people of all ages can appreciate it. It's about a goth high school girl who wakes up one day and find that the entire world is now goth and she's the most popular girl in the school. Nobody is aware of anything being out of the ordinary except for her and her nemesis, the "barbie" and formerly most popular girl in the school who in this goth world is a bullied outcast.

  2. creative writing/lit majors represent! Instead of mentioning a whole list, I'll just mention my fav classic and fav lowbrow book. Classic: Wuthering Heights–don't let the cover illustration fool you. Everyone seems to think it's like a Jane Austen book, but it's crazy dark. Lowbrow: The Dresden Files series–such a guilty pleasure. Vampires, magic, werewolves…the main character wears a black trenchcoat and a pentagram. It's so high school goth I just want to die.

  3. The picture of Dorian Gray-Oscar wilde
    It's about a boy who gets a painting of himself and wishes to be always young and beautiful, and the painting be the one that grows old. then his wish comes true!

    Georgina Kincaid Series-Richelle Mead

    The main character is Georgina Kincaid, a succubus
    (Succubus (n) – An alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men).
    She lives in earth but she works for demons. She has a job, and finds a boyfriend she loves, who can't touch without hurting him. It consists of six books, with a different plot each. it's interesting because it's the only book I've ever seen about a succubus, but as such it has many erotic scenes, actually in the internet it's being described as an adult urban fantasy book.

    Vampire Academy Series-Richelle Mead
    Two races of vampires walk our world. One, the Moroi, are alive and wield elemental magical. The other, the Strigoi, are undead and evil–feeding on the innocent to survive. Rose Hathaway–a half-vampire with poor impulse control–is training to be a bodyguard for a Moroi princess. Learning to decapitate and stake is hard enough, but Rose's real danger may lie in an illicit romance with one of her instructors… It's also six books, it has a lot of action, fantasy and vampires.

    Bloodlines Series-Richelle Mead

    Rose's story might have wrapped up in the Vampire Academy series, but there's still lots more to tell about the other characters from that world. This spin-off series centers around Sydney the Alchemist, a human teen who's part of a group to keep the existence of vampires secret from the world. Sydney's spent her entire life being taught that vampires and dhampirs are evil and unnatural, but all that's about to change when she's forced into hiding with Jill, Adrian, and Eddie…

    Also, I don't recommend the Vampire diaries book series. It's boring and it's the first time in my life that I prefer the movie version over the book version.

    Finally, I bet you are all familiar with Lord of the rings. It's a trilogy that was written by J.R. R. Tolkien between 1937-1949. I'm sure you love the films, but the book is pure magic! There are things in the book that don't exist in the movies and there is more explanation about each character and their thoughts. Also, all books by Tolkien deserve to be read. Some of them were published by him, and some by his son after he died. When i first read the books I was amazed at how old they are. I thought at first that they were written right before the movies came out.

  4. Another lit major here! I adore all three of those, you have excellent taste. I've read most of the Vampire Chronicles now but The Vampire Lestat just can't be topped. If you like Poe and haven't read any Lovecraft yet, I'd recommend 'Hebert West – Reanimator'. Oh, and Voltaire's 'Call of the Jersey Devil' if you want something hilarious and don't mind that the writing isn't fantastic.

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