Gothic Charm School: An Essential Guide for Goths and Those Who Love Them

Jillian Venters Pete Venters

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Gothic Charm School: An Essential Guide for Goths and Those Who Love Them

Gothic Charm School: An Essential Guide for Goths and Those Who Love Them By Jillian Venters Pete Venters Gothic Charm School An Essential Guide for Goths and Those Who Love Them An essential fully illustrated guidebook to day to day Goth livingThere s to being a Goth than throwing on some black velvet dyeing your hair and calling it a day or a night How do you dress with m

  • Title: Gothic Charm School: An Essential Guide for Goths and Those Who Love Them
  • Author: Jillian Venters Pete Venters
  • ISBN: 9780061669163
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gothic Charm School: An Essential Guide for Goths and Those Who Love Them By Jillian Venters Pete Venters An essential, fully illustrated guidebook to day to day Goth livingThere s to being a Goth than throwing on some black velvet, dyeing your hair, and calling it a day or a night How do you dress with morbid flair when going to a job interview Is there such a thing as growing too old to be a Goth How do you explain to your grandma that it s not just a phase JillianAn essential, fully illustrated guidebook to day to day Goth livingThere s to being a Goth than throwing on some black velvet, dyeing your hair, and calling it a day or a night How do you dress with morbid flair when going to a job interview Is there such a thing as growing too old to be a Goth How do you explain to your grandma that it s not just a phase Jillian Venters, a.k.a the Lady of the Manners, knows how to be strange and unusual without sacrificing politeness and etiquette In Gothic Charm School, she offers the quintessential guide to dark decorum for all those who have ever searched for beauty in dark, unexpected places, embraced their individuality, and reveled in decadence and for families and friends who just don t understand.
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    1. Michelle Morrell on said:

      If you ve hung around the Seattle scene enough, you ve probably seen the author of this book Dressed in giant swirling dark concoctions of lace and frills, petticoats and layers, giant hats and shiny shoes, Jillian stands out instantly She s always impeccably dressed, and at first glance can be an intimidating fixture, even with a smile on her face Yet every time I ve spoken with her usually in a bathroom, sharing the same mirror , she is kind, polite, funny and goes out of her way to put one at [...]

    2. Stacie on said:

      This book is snarky If I wanted a child s point of view on life I would have asked my 4 year old who seems to have better manners than this ranting author.In this simple guide to everything you ever wanted to know about Gothic culture in today s world, Jillian Venters the Lady of Manners , attempts to enlighten the nieve and broaden the Goth with proper do s and don t s of the genre I would really like to believe that people that chose to follow this way of life are much vibrant, fun and ecleti [...]

    3. Sarah on said:

      I thought I might learn some interesting facts or insights into the goth subculture Turns out, I already seem to know everything about it This book is too long The author makes the same 4 points over and over, even repeating the same sentences throughout the book, making it read oddly like deja vu.1 If you aren t goth, don t be an asshole to those who are.2 If you are goth, be polite to those who aren t.3 Goth is about literature, music, and most importantly, fashion.4 Goth is not just a phase g [...]

    4. Arya on said:

      A nice behavioral guide to the Goth subculture Written in a personable style with neatly organized sections to make it easier for you to pick and choose what you want to read Also, BEAUTIFUL illustration by Pete Venters, the author s husband and a talented artist Those were my favorite parts of the book.Recommend to anyone newly interested in the Goth world, or those who might just be curious.

    5. Lila Lockhart on said:

      Honestly, I m a little surprised that some people consider the tone of this book to be snarky I think quite the opposite Jillian comes across as a warm, bubbly lady who wishes to inform both goths and non goths alike about the culture While there is certainly an emphasis on the importance of etiquette perhaps a bit too much , it is an important message to be sending for anyone, not just the darkly inclined This book, in my eyes, conveys a love for Goth and Gothlings Further, it touches on import [...]

    6. Caroline Åsgård on said:

      I sense that this book is going to be quickly worn as my hands are a little sore and sweaty because of fighting with myself to put the book down after every chapter and go do something else or at least watch an episode of The Addams Family.I have read all the blog posts at gothic charm school several times, and finally that wasn t enough to me I had to get the book, and support the lovely Jillian Venters who I also follow on Tumblr.Before I go in depth about the book, I just want to say that I [...]

    7. Jay on said:

      Many have stated that this book repeats itself and a lot of it can really come down to common sense However, some people don t realise that being kind to people on the street also means being kind to people at clubs, music concerts, in the shops, at work and online And common sense, as the adage goes, isn t really that common I will accept that Jillian Venters repeats herself a bit, but sometimes it s necessary.A lot of this book is also just general tips on manners and kindness I will admit I t [...]

    8. Brandy Y on said:

      Jillian is a friend of a friend, and while I ve never met her, I do remember her from back in my newsgroup days, back on alt.gothic I always thought she was delightful and charming then, and this book proves that ten years hasn t changed anything Jillian s book is well written, full of great advice, and great for both goths and non goths I wish I d had a copy of it to hand to my parents when I became all morbid

    9. Gemma Thomson on said:

      Venters book is a charming and light hearted romp through goth culture, resplendent in manners and decorum Though written from the perspective of a Victorian goth, it runs the gamut of spin off cultures and provides a few short essays on what they have in common.The chapters are best read in stages, or else dipped into on an ad hoc basis, for there is a lot of repetition Some parts of the book also read as generic common sense only towards the end do we see some quite useful gothy advice, on fas [...]

    10. N.L. Riviezzo on said:

      A silly little read I picked up randomly in my local library The topics address in the book really did not need 236 pages to be explained 1 or 2 pages would have sufficed at the most nor did the topics need to be explained repeatedly in every chapter.As someone of the Gothic persuasion, most of the content qualified as a Well, duh reaction.

    11. Breanna on said:

      I know some people don t really like agree with this book for some odd reason, but I really enjoyed it Jillian Venters is a gothic rolemodel for goths of all ages and she writes out this helpful,insightful guide to all who are goth or enjoy goth.

    12. Therese on said:

      Cute book I came across a copy at the local used bookstore, otherwise I probably wouldn t have sought it out, since I m guessing most of the material is or less online But a fun read since I have a lot of friends who run in gothy circles and am a fan of the music and fashion.

    13. Devi on said:

      This book was massive shortlasting fun with really interesting facts I didn t know yet and with facts that made me smile a lot Jillian Venters has a really entertaining writing style A perfect book for times when I don t have the moood for reading novels at all.

    14. Andrea Delesdernier on said:

      This book is so much fun Makes my inner and outer Goth smile It deals with history, fashion, and etiquette.

    15. Alesia on said:

      Although much of this was common sense ettiquete, and preached to the Gothy little choir of my heart, I enjoyed this Especially the constant referals to her readers as Snarklings

    16. Michael Hanscom on said:

      Simply put, this should be highly recommended, if not required reading not just for goths, but also for anyone curious about the goth community, whether because they are personally interested or because they have an acquaintance, friend, or loved one spouse, significant other, boy or girlfriend, relative, child, or secret crush who counts themselves among the spooky set.Miss Manners somber dressed and bat festooned doppelg nger, the Lady of the Manners, has adapted from and expanded upon column [...]

    17. Shannon on said:

      So I still need to properly sit down and read this book all the way through, from chapter from chapter but what I ve read so far isn t accurate Compared to all of the internet sources I ve read, all the fanzines on the subculture sold when it was at its beginning and, most importantly, books like Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace The Worldwide Compendium of Postpunk and Goth in the 1980s that have interviews from the people who were in the original Batcave scene or musicians like Alien Sex Fiend [...]

    18. Maria Giakoumatos on said:

      As a Seattle native, it s impossible to miss Jillian Venters beautiful gothic Victorian dresses at local conventions and gothy events The few times I spoke with her, she was nothing but sweet, kind, and modest making her the perfect goth rolemodel and author for Gothic Charm School Bubbly, playfully snarky, and of course polite, Gothic Charm School is a great book for those new or interested in the goth scene, or for anyone looking for a fun and interesting read.

    19. Sam Bux Romatet on said:

      im tempted to give it 2.5 stars but there wasnt really that much wrong with it i found myself rolling my eyes a lot but that was to do with me as a person i liked a couple of chapters but wasn t that interested in the rest unlike most people i actually do like the way she refers to herself in the third person

    20. Jessica Hobson on said:

      Truly Essential Jillian is amazing As a longtime blog reader, I ve been a fan since the early days, and am so grateful this book exists It is a delightful, sane template of polite behavior that encourages spooks and non shpooks to co exist in peace and civility.Bless you, Lady.

    21. Zara Mcaspurren on said:

      Fun ReadA fun little read Gives a bit of history of the Goth subculture, some cool recommendations for things to check out, and basic helpful hints on how to deal with the world while being Goth Like I said, a fun read.

    22. Helena Bradford on said:

      A little repetitive at times but it didn t phase me It was fun, informative, exploratory and well put together I like the sarcasm in the authors voice too, I think some may confuse it as sharply critical but it s not She s just blunt and playful Would love another

    23. Katharine on said:

      Had some interesting bits of information, but the snarky cute style of the narrative did get a wee bit repetitive The illustrations dispersed through the pages were a nice touch.

    24. Kelley Something on said:

      I thought I would love this, but the repetition was intolerable This came across as a draft, in need of much editing.

    25. Nicole Pramik on said:

      Taken from my blog scififantasylitchick.wordpressOverview This obscure but entertaining gem was written by a Goth herself, Jillian Venters, who prefers to go by the title Lady of the Manners That s because Venters ahem, Lady of the Manners is all about good old fashioned etiquette But this just isn t your usual how to say please and thank you handbook Gothic Charm School explores the background, explains the aspects, and explodes myths of and about the Goth subculture.My Take I confess the Goth [...]

    26. Sunil on said:

      This book is both enjoyable and appropriate for people who aren t even very Goth at all, this non Goth proclaims I assume that any Goths reading this post are already interested in the book, being part of the built in audience, but you may want to read this book if any of the following apply to you You know a Goth personally Does that person you hang out with who s always wearing black kind of freak you out Jilli s here to tell you that you have nothing to worry about, and she will even tell you [...]

    27. Niki on said:

      I wanted to like this book a lot than I did Being a Goth, reading this book was almost a required read, since mrs Venters is a pretty famous figure in our subculture She s basically been around since the beginning of the subculture and lived during the early years of it, so she has a bit experience than people who were born years after the golden age of Goth ended like me, a 90s kid However, this book has a very us and them attitude Us Goths and them normal people that just don t understand so [...]

    28. Marsha on said:

      If you ve ever seen someone with multiple piercings, spiked collars and death warmed over makeup and wondered Why is she dressed that way , Is he dangerous , How does he sleep with his hair like that or Halloween was yesterday, wasn t it , then this book is for you If you re one of those who wish to seek out the dark forces and join their hellish brigades maybe this book isn t for you But the Lady of the Manners is here to help all those fledgling and seasoned Goth lovers learn everything there [...]

    29. Julia O'Connell on said:

      I discovered the Gothic Charm School blog a couple years ago, and enjoyed it immensely Jillian Venters and I have similar ideas about what it means to be a goth and what constitutes the gothic aesthetic I also appreciate her notion that members of the gothic subculture should put an extra emphasis on politeness and etiquette for a variety of reasons The Lady of the Manners, as she refers to herself, speaks in a charming style throughout the book notable for her frequent use of the third person S [...]

    30. Corpse Gallows on said:

      I had heard about this book, a few years back, and just recently decided to pick it up Here s what I found The book itself is easy to pick up and read For someone who is looking for a brief overview of the subculture, it s a good quick read However, if you re already accustomed to the subculture, then there really won t be much information in this that will be anything new I found myself, quite a few times, wanting to skip over parts, just on the basis that it was either something I was familiar [...]

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