Thursday, July 2, 2009

"Gothic Charm School" by Jillian Venters

Bizarre Subcultures

Since its beginning in the latter part of the 1970s post-punk movement in the UK, Goth has generated a lot of confusion and uncertainty; not only from outsiders but from the diversity of Gothic lifestyles within the subculture.

To take a look at some of that and ways to combat it, author and Goth Jillian Venters has written a book named, "Gothic Charm School: An Essential Guide for Goths and Those Who Love Them," in hopes of dispelling some of the myths, while also giving tips for her fellow Goths on living in a non-Goth world.

Part of Venters focus is on the need for Goths to just be themselves, and not try to form a caricature of what the origins of Goth in the punk rock culture was, which dwelt a lot on anger, depression and being anti-social.

Pretty interesting. I'm interesting in how Goths respond to the book.

Bizarre Subcultures

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