Saturday, December 6, 2008

Are Star Wars Eps. II & III Gothic Romance?

Beautiful lady, dashing and handsome suitor. After a 10-year absence, a whirlwind romance ensues. A secret love, secret wedding. They're young, could have a bright and happy future ahead of them...except for the escalation of Darkness and warfare. Danger, deceit and trickery swirling all around. Can their love save them?

And then all does go so horribly wrong.

A *negative* Gothic Romance? There is no happy ending here. Same as many storylines on "Dark Shadows."

I think it could classify as a Gothic Romance; it contains the necessary elements including suspense, betrayal, sinister powers, scheming and manipulation vs. nobility, kindness and bravery, etc.

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I've begun reading two Gothics. In one [published in 1970], the main character -- an actress named Maggie -- is described by her niece [the protagonist] as "a little old lady": Gaunt skin, slightly stooped posture, entirely gray hair, only a ghost of her former beauty remaining. I figured the grand dame is perhaps 78? Turns out Maggie is only *almost* 60 years old. What a change from today, with our hot 60-something sirens like Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, Susan Lucci. Sure, some of it is advanced cosmetic techniques. But it's true that "60 is the new 40." It was a nice reminder of "then and now."

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