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To What Extent Has Gothic Literature Continued Or Changed From The 18th Century To Present Day?

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When coming to the conclusion, it is interesting a range of opinions about whether or not Gothic Literature is losing his popularity or is still popular as ever. A range of opinions inform the judgment to be made about Gothic Literature. Overall, the responses gathered come up with the idea that Gothic Literature is losing its popularity, although, according to figure 2.2 this is supported by figures made in 2007 to 2008 which establishes that since then there have been more novels that have come out which either support the argument that gothic literature is popular or not.

Firstly, a member of the form, Paige number in 2007 says that she feels that some writers, publishers and companies feel that the “Gothic” novel will not be as popular as other novels like Romance etc. However, she goes on to argue that some people do not like the “Gothic” because it is labelled as ‘trash’ to which GothicLover says that he feels angered by the prospect of Gothic genre becoming popular again, this is evident when he said that he’s waited “35 years for it to regain popularity” which indicates that, according to GothicLover, that one of Gothic Literature’s most popular eras was in 1972 which works such as King and Hill as one of the important authors of that time. However, with another forum member, Desdemona said that she thinks that “Gothic would have to reinvent itself” for mainly “confident women.” Interestingly, this is another element that features in most Gothic novels – some written by female authors compared to figure 1.1. This is evident with such works as Jane Eyre, Rebecca, Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights etc. showing a flowering interest in female perspectives about society and surroundings. Although, according to Mystery Mind, she says that there are many Gothic novel lovers who are hiding away and without hearing their opinions of a targeted few who like the genre, people automatically think that the genre is dead or losing its popularity. Although, GothicLover seems to perfectly summarize how many people feel that there is a strong...

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