What Makes Gothic Literature Gothic? These 10 Things.
Maybe because I’m watching The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina––when I’m not reading, of course––but even though we’re past the fright and death-centric holidays, my brain is still stuck in Halloween mode. (Also, did you know The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was a comic first?!)
The thing is, though, if you were to ask me what makes gothic literature gothic, I’d have a hard time telling you. It has to have a creepy suspenseful element. Okay, but thriller, suspense, and horror all have that and would you still consider them to be gothic literature? Like, how is gothic literature fundamentally different than other genres?
I’ve answered this over the years with “I don’t know, but I know it when I see it.” But thanks to the folks at Invaluable who let me borrow this infographic explaining gothic lit, I have a better idea.
Gothic literature emerged in the late 1700s, as part of the larger Romanticism movement. Characterized by expressions of terror and dark scenery, it’s truly a mystifying genre. Though each gothic novelists has their own way of stylizing their work, gothic novels share a few key characteristics that make them truly captivating.
Get ready to nerd out with some in-the-weeds book talk. (And if you’re currently writing a scary book for NaNoWriMo, this is going to be really helpful for you.)
There you have it! Do you have a favorite gothic novel? Are you writing one? Tell me in the comments!