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Gothic Charm School: An Essential Guide for Goths and Those Who Love Them Paperback – June 23, 2009
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About the Author
Jillian Venters was a fairly spooky and morbid child. When she discovered the existence of the whole Gothic sub-culture, she clapped her hands with glee and fell upon it like a babybat upon a box of Count Chocula cereal. Since then, the Lady of the Manners has spent a not inconsiderable amount of time trying to gently persuade others in her chosen subculture that being a polite Goth is much, much more subversive than just wearing T-shirts with "edgy" sayings on them. She lives in Seattle.
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The most helpful aspect of this book, though, was the encouragement Jillian gives to embracing the cliches. Incorporating what elements of goth suit a person, and not feel like a "lesser" goth when admitting some aspects aren't for you. Greatest of all, she teaches how to be polite when faced with negative opinions and comments. Without sacrificing your own self worth and identity.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a part of the goth subculture- whether that be yourself, a friend, or a family member. It makes the perfect gift for anyone of any age.
For my full review, see The Gothic Library: http://www.thegothiclibrary.com/gothic-charm-school-review-book-by-a-fellow-goth-blogger/
Ah Jillian, where were you when I was a "babybat" in high school? Had I read this book in high school (it was published after my high school years), I believe my teen years would have been worlds easier and more enjoyable. Those were the years I vehemently denied that I was a "Goth," feeling that I was above labels (as were my fellow students, friend and foe alike) because they always carried derogatory connotations. Now, having read this book in my 20s, I found myself nodding my head in agreement with The Lady of Manners on many subjects, if not all, but particularly during her section about labels and those who are labeled "Goth" but deny they are, because they do not want to be associated with labels at all (or for whatever other reason they may have).
I could sing the praises of this book for hours, I'm sure, but I'll wrap this up by saying you should read this book. No matter who are, what scene/clique/sub-culture, etc., you tend to associate yourself with, and no matter your age, I truly believe anyone could benefit from this book in some way.
Perfect for anyone - even if you aren't Gothic.