NosferatuI don't remember when it started, but somewhere around the age of 16 I discovered Bauhaus, heavy eyeliner, and Neil Gaiman's Sandman. (Guess who my favorite character was?). I acquired a leather jacket, big boots, and a collection of Anne Rice and Poppy Z. Brite books. Bram Stoker's Dracula and The Crow were the height of romance.

That's right. I'm a former goth. (My friends are snickering right now. Former! Former, damn you all.)

What I find very interesting is that what Twilight, from an admittedly cursory glance at its fanbase, is, well, not goth. They're screamy teens with Hot Topic tees or grown women and the occasional dude. But werewolves and vampires and smoldering glances and longing are all super goth! And there are some goths who do enjoy a bit of glitter (or a LOT of glitter), but not on our vampires. I mean, their vampires. I asked one friend, and she replied, "Because VAMPIRES DON'T SPARKLE. Make sure you put that in there. One goth I spoke to says, NO SPARKLING KTHXBAI."

But more importantly, the velvet-and-lace crew of goths are a bit older and not the target audience. And the teen goths can't relate – Bella might toss her hair and bite her lip, but her angst isn't relatable to someone who is truly an outsider, someone who is rejected or even beat up by their peers, not the center of attention, no matter how uncomfortable she might feel with her new hangers-on or her dad.
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