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What is it about all things dark gothic (romantic) that is so addictive?

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Carole Gill | 16 comments Mod
I hope I'm doing this correctly. This is the first group I've ever had!
I think we can all agree that we love this genre. What is it about dark gothic romanticism that we find so addictive?

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We are attracted to the darkness. Too much literature tries to lighten things like vampires (Twilight anyone?) and demons. We prefer the dark and evil, oppressive side of gothic literature

message 3: by Carole (new)

Carole Gill | 16 comments Mod
yes! thank you so much for that!
that is perfect!
I don't know why that is. As a writer of the darkly gothic vampire I feel so strongly about it.
I was wondering if you read my blog post about gothic fiction?
It's on my profile here.
I wrote it in response to this feeling I have that what is passing for gothic romance is not really gothic.
again, thank you so much!

message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

I have not read it, but I definately will. I myself dabble in the darker writing. I have a strange obsession adding demons to my writing

message 5: by Carole (last edited Feb 18, 2013 04:19PM) (new)

Carole Gill | 16 comments Mod
oh i like you!
I have that in my two books (there are four in the series)!
Satan, demons, fallen angels, vampires.
Hey! why not read the first book for free?


read it for free! i'd love to read some of your work!

ps here's that blog post!


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

I downloaded your book. I look forward to reading it. I went to the version on goodreads and added a comment to it, but I also went to your site and added it to my favorites bar.

message 7: by Carole (new)

Carole Gill | 16 comments Mod
aw thanks! that's so nice of you!
i hope you enjoy it!
the dark is so much more interesting i think!
For me the other is YA which is fine. But we want something to sink our teeth into! :D

message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

I agree. I find it easier to write the YA version, although I enjoy reading the upper level stuff. To be honest, I cut down a lot on the gothic parts of my own book. It was far darker and more evil in the first drafts but I was told by my editor that it was too dark for YA. It isn't free right now, but I can email you a word attachment for it if you are interested.

message 9: by Carole (new)

Carole Gill | 16 comments Mod
sure thing!
i'm in the UK btw, so i didn't see this. went to bed.
sure, love it.
well she's rigtht, you can't get too dark i think for YA.

message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

That's quite alright. With the YA if you go to far no one will catigorize it as YA anymore if it gets too dark

message 11: by Carole (new)

Carole Gill | 16 comments Mod
so true. and it probably can't be crossover then either.
if you like the dark, go for mature audience and you could always write another another name, Desiree Dark or something! :D

message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

I could, and I have considered it. I want to finish this series first though. I have one book left to write and 2 left to publish, so I am hoping to be able to start on that soon.

message 13: by Carole (new)

Carole Gill | 16 comments Mod
great! just keep me posted please.
this is me on Facebook (profile)

message 14: by [deleted user] (new)

Sent you a request. My facebook is Shay Johnson. (I know, another name. I consistantly use about 4 different names)

message 15: by Carole (new)

Carole Gill | 16 comments Mod
oh right! i just confirmed that.
off i go again!
i wish i could use 'Anne Rice' :D

message 16: by [deleted user] (new)

That's a good one. I use Shay Johnson, SKN Hammerstone, Shay Hammerstone, and Shannon Johnson, depending on the sight,

message 17: by Carole (new)

Carole Gill | 16 comments Mod
nice names.
use this for different sorts of writing?

message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

usually. SKN Hammerstone is the one for my YA gothic fiction, Shannon Johnson is the realistic fiction (I don't do a lot of that anymore), Shay Hammerstone is the short story and poetry, and Shay Johnson is usually the name I go by on a regular basis

message 19: by Carole (new)

Carole Gill | 16 comments Mod
OMG! i would forget who i was!
that's good tho. it might even be perfect in that it's inspirational. you know?
that's interesting!
i feel a blog post coming on about what names we use and why and how they could inspire us.

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I will definately check that blog out :)

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Carole Gill | 16 comments Mod

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