Tumblr needs more of this….whatever this is.
Rarity and outfits in Sweet and Elite.
oh hello, who is this?
oh hai! it is me! jellybean
do you have any more tea?
you can have some more tea
HEY CUTIE 8D
Mary Poppins reaction gifs.
Today in art history class we learned about Victorian weeaboos.
That is, people in the Victorian era who were obsessed with Japan. It was called Japanisma.
I had to try really hard to not die in class.
Roxy: Wake up.
oh my god, this is beautiful and perfect.
Sometimes after an hour of apathy, my strange and beautiful companion would take my hand and hold it with a fond pressure, renewed again and again; blushing softly, gazing in my face with languid and burning eyes, and breathing so fast that her dress rose and fell with the tumultuous respiration. It was like the ardour of a lover; it embarrassed me; it was hateful and yet overpowering; and with gloating eyes she drew me to her, and her hot lips travelled along my cheek in kisses; and she would whisper, almost in sobs, “You are mine, you shall be mine, and you and I are one for ever”. (“Carmilla”, Chapter 4).
picture: Carmilla, in Chicago
how have I been on the internet ten years and never before heard of this sexy lesbian vampire novella from the 19th century.
…I read this for the first time when I was fifteen, having stumbled across a mention of it while doing research on my own name (which…only added to my conclusion that I have somehow ended up with the lesbianest name ever to lesbian). Lesbian vampire make-out sessions aside, it’s a fantastically evocative example of Gothic literature that actually pre-dates Dracula and influenced Bram Stoker hugely; literary relevance aside, IT HAS LESBIAN VAMPIRE MAKE-OUT SESSIONS, EVERYBODY GO READ IT RIGHT NOW.
If it weren’t for Le Fanu’s Carmilla, we wouldn’t even have Dracula, since that work was apparently Stoker’s primary source of inspiration— he had even planned to reference Carmilla in the first chapter of Dracula, but then he decided against it, as he thought that it would introduce the vampire theme too early. But, all that aside, the homoeroticism in Carmilla shouldn’t be surprising, since sexuality and gender-subversion are such HUGE themes in Gothic literature (seriously, most of it’s just really classy porn). The basis for Carmilla, though, was actually Coleridge’s poem Christabel (1816), which he unfortunately never completed; it introduced the lesbian theme as well as informed the novella’s plot structure.
But if we’re talking about homoeroticism in vampire literature, then you can also make a case for Polidori’s “The Vampyre” (1819). I think most people are familiar with how Polidori
stoleadapted “The Vampyre” from Byron’s Fragment of a Novel; however, there are also theories that Polidori was in love with Byron and that, when the two eventually parted on very bad terms, Polidori wrote “The Vampyre” as a way of getting back at him. Although “The Vampyre” isn’t nearly as suggestive as Carmilla, the story still centers on Aubrey’s infatuation with the mysterious Lord Ruthven, who was supposedly based on Byron (making Aubrey a self-insert of of Polidori). So, um, Gothic literature has a really long history of incorporating homoeroticism and gender themes, but that’s not really surprising, since many authors of Gothic works were either gay or bisexual— or so I’ve read. There are a billion theories out there, and there are even people questioning Stoker’s sexuality now, but I’m not sure how credible those critics’ claims are. Some of them seem a bit… dodgy? Forced? :\
… Yeah, this got really off-topic >__>
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