|Weekly Feature # 6|
Hello, My Lovelies,
Paranormal/Fantasy or Gothic.
Other Classis Love Stories:
One of the first stories to combine romance and horror was The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, published in 1764. The Castle of Otranto is a drama and a love story where a peasant boy saves a Lady from marriage to a selfish Lord and becomes a prince in the process.
Other gothic novels such as The Vampyre and Bram Stoker’s Dracula have a stronger horror element, as they feature men and women falling in love and becoming lovers with dangerous paranormal creatures. In Carmilla, a young woman is the object of a female vampire’s affection.
Horror movies, too, love to combine elements of romantic movies with horror both to satisfy the variety of desires viewers have and to juxtapose the two, making whatever horror we’re watching even more terrifying because two, making whatever horror we’re watching even more terrifying because it’s viewed against the backdrop of your mortality.
Even Star Wars has a prominent romantic subplot. Come to think of it, so do King Kong, Shrek, and Beauty and the Beast. Let us not forget, Phantom of the Opera.
In Francis Ford Coppola’s rendering of the famous Bram Stoker novel, Count Dracula—still reeling centuries later after his wife’s suicide and hell-bent on vengeance against God and mankind—travels to England, where he suspects he has found his wife reincarnated in the form of another woman. Roger Ebert sums up the film’s main paradox: “the vampire shakes his fist at heaven and vows to wait forever for the return of the woman he loves. It does not occur to him that after the first two or three centuries he might not seem all that attractive to her.” Keanu Reeves stars as Jonathan Harker, with Winona Ryder as Mina Harker, Gary Oldman as Count Dracula, and Anthony Hopkins as Professor Van Helsing.
The movie is intensely emotional. You can feel the prince's heartache for his wife.
Dracula Untold, 2014
Though this movie did not garner stellar reviews, I found it a more believable take (I know it's Paranormal fiction) on a mortal's motivation and internal fight to hold on to a piece of his humanity after becoming a monster.
In 15th-century Transylvania, Vlad III (Luke Evans), prince of Wallachia, is known as a just ruler. With his beloved wife, Mirena (Sarah Gadon), Vlad has brokered a prolonged period of peace and ensured that his people are protected, especially from the Ottoman Empire. However, when Sultan Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper) demands 1,000 of the country's boys, including Vlad's son, for his army, Vlad makes a deal with a monster that will enable him to defeat the Turks -- but cost him his humanity.
I'm a sucker for a good love story, what about you? 🧛💞
Do you have a favorite Classic Gothic Love Story?
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