Make New Friends in Gothic Chat Rooms
There are Goths in every village, town, and city in the western world and beyond. Some hide away and meet secretly in basements, or they show their pride and accouterments and gather in the village square at midnight, white faces fluorescent in the moonlight. However, for the Goth who wonders alone in his village, a life of prejudice awaits him. Stones are thrown in his direction and at the mall, loved ones pretend they are not with him. So, he joins Gothic chat rooms online and enjoys the company of like-minded souls. Even though it is merely in the realm of cyber space, it is the realm of Goths.
What is a Goth?
In the 5th century, Goths were known to be Germanic war mongers, invaders of the Roman Empire. Today’s Goth is a member of a subculture. They are not war mongers and they are not invading empires. The culture and fascination began in the United Kingdom in the mid 1980s. It was greatly influenced by punk culture and music, but it was also influenced by the literature and art of the great Victorian romantics. Victorian tastes are visible in the styles of dress, the mourning clothes, the black lace, every detail influenced by the traditional Gothic poems and literature of the past — shades of Edgar Allen Poe’s lost Lenore.
Gothic Chat Rooms
Not all members of Goth chat rooms are white-faced, red lipstick-wearing vampire types. The majority of chat room members are simply people interested in sharing their enjoyment of some literary genres, films and music related to the culture.
Gothic.net has one of the most popular online chat rooms for the Goth to let down his fangs, unfurl his fingernails and use his keyboard. It is an informational website with a lively forum. Members are free with graphic language and put-downs and they are warned in advance that flaming another member is accepted and members can expect to be flamed back. It is a bit of a free-for-all, but for the most part, it is all in good Goth fun.
MyGoth.com is another popular Goth forum, but they are not as laid back. Good manners and decorum are expected and if one member starts or instigates a flame war, he or she can expect to be banned. Expect to find posts on baby cows and Goth kittens. However, there are many more interesting and provocative posts, especially news stories of a Goth nature. Goths enjoy those discussions and the come-backs are quick and brief.
GothicGirl.com is a general Goth forum, but it also has a focus on Wicca and paganism. The members are interested in the arts and the discussions are lively and entertaining as they share their love of Goth music, literature as well as their own poems, stories and photos.
Goth Chat rooms all have a board for fashion and there is a keen interest in it. When it comes to Goth Fashion, anything goes. But many of the clothes in a Goth’s wardrobe are made or recreated by the wearer. The Goth fashionista will get all kinds of tips on Goth forums. Individuality is important to a Goth. And there must be black. Other accouterments include black lace, corsets, lots of metal, leather, velvet and chunky footwear, like high-top boots with lace-ups. Here’s more about gothic dresses and gothic platform boots.
Make-up is extreme for both sexes and if they are hitting the Goth clubs or concerts, the more extreme, the better. Goths are playing a part and expressing their style and individuality. The full gear is not necessarily a dress-up role they play in their day-to-day lives. It is easy to tone down. Gothic chat sites will offer all sorts of ideas and suggestions to turn your basic wardrobe into something phenomenal.
Goth Interests in Literature and Film
Some Goths do read those Victorian romantics, like Poe, Keats and Shelley, but for many of today’s Goths, it is all about blood, mayhem and general scary stuff. Favorites are Steven King’s Dark Tower series, the Twilight books, although mostly for young women and the younger set in general, Prince of Ayodhya by Ashok K. Banker, Lost souls by Poppy Z. Brite, and Terry Pratchett’s Witches Abroad are among the most popular books being read and discussed in the forums.
In film, the Twilight series wins again. Films about werewolves, ghosts, vampires and witches are always on the Goths must-see list. Army of Darkness, Carrie, and Silence of the Lambs are cult classics and still watched over and over.
Goth Trends in Music
Music of the subculture is varied. People will listen to everything from heavy metal and death metal to punk and industrial rock. Popular bands include Dir En Grey, industrial rock band from Japan, The Killers, Motley Crue, The Sex Pistols and The Clash.
Goth chat sites offer a lot to people in the subculture, but they also offer great discussions of pop culture in general. Sign up to a gothic chat room and find like minded people to connect with online.