A New Favorite: Dark Academia

Dark Academia

While it isn’t new, the Dark Academia aesthetic has been showing up everywhere; on Instagram feeds, Pinterest boards, etc. But probably the most important place for it is Tumblr, as it started to grow there. And here is a little guide to what you should know about this 

Generally thought to be inspired by the novel The Secret History by Donna Tartt didn’t start as an aesthetic but as a literary genre. According to Wikipedia, the starting point of this transformation was the creation of a book club that centered around classic and gothic novels on Tumblr. 

  • Why has it taken over the hearts of many academics and literature lovers?

There are many reasons for this. My personal interest started on Instagram, or rather Bookstagram. The photos looked quite pleasing, and they were talking about general favorite classics and, more importantly, gothic classics. As I started to look into it, the more fascinated I became. The gloomy yet beautiful vibe it was creating, the romanticizing of this mysterious aesthetic became the center of my attention. While it is hard to explain why I love it, I can only say that it has been an inspiration to the way I look at life.

Book Recommendations 

  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelly 
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Movie Recommendations that embodies the soul of Dark Academia

  • The Dead Poets Society (1989)
  • Little Women (2019)
  • The Theory of Everything (2014)
  • Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
  • The Imitation Game (2014)

Source for the cover image: https://tr.pinterest.com/pin/132152570304980095/

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