A new "ism": Gothic Romanticism. Read all about it here. Part of the Gothic tradition apparent in today's society is the popularity of horror as a literary and film genre. That's the focus of this week's discussion question (that is, if you're not already too terrified to continue!).
We'll start this week by reading horror writers Stephen King's and H.P. Lovecraft's ideas about why people enjoy horror literature. Horror stories are very popular today, in both writing and film. Undoubtedly you yourself have either read horror stories or seen horror movies, or both--and probably done so willingly--and probably even liked it! But why?
Read these authors' suggested reasons for why people enjoy horror literature. Choose one and tell whether you agree with his/her ideas about the appeal of horror. Support your position with specific examples from horror literature that you yourself have read, or from horror films you yourself have seen.
- DO mention at least one of the authors (from the linked site above) and his/her ideas.
- DO mention King or Lovecraft, too, if their ideas help you to say what you want to say.
- DO agree or disagree with, or elaborate on, the comments of those who have posted before you.
- Do NOT merely repeat what others before you have said, however. Especially if you choose to write about the same story or novel or movie that a classmate has already written about, take pains to offer new examples from it and new insights into it.
- Do NOT stray too far from the topic. For example, if you were to comment that you never read horror stories but that you do enjoy romance (lowercase "r") novels, and then you went on to describe one such romance novel, that would be off the topic. And if you were to write about how pretty cows are, that would be really off the topic!