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Marlowe ([personal profile] marlowe_tops) wrote in [community profile] bakerstreet2017-02-17 12:49 pm

Gothic Romance Meme


Gothic Romance Meme

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…


The story goes like this: There is a house. It may be haunted. The house has a resident, or two, who has some secrets. They may be charming, or brooding, often both. Someone may have been murdered. A newcomer arrives, either as bride, governess, or journalist, and they begin to unravel all the secrets and lies lurking within the house of Usher.

Locations may be in any country, in any era, but there must be a gloomy and opulent old mansion, and some sort of dark and terrible secret to be uncovered (or just ghosts. ghosts are always an option.)

The Newcomer
1. The new bride or groom. Your new spouse is charming and attractive, but do you really know all their secrets?
2. Tutor or governess to the estate children. They seem like such innocent children.
3. Companion—perhaps as a chaperone, perhaps merely as company, but you’ve been hired to come to some remote old house to keep an unknown stranger company. Probably just reading to them, or listening to them chatter on whenever travel is required.
4. Hired hand. You’ve been hired up from the local village—or perhaps the city—as a footman or a maid. Just an ordinary job. Nice house, though.
5. Distant relation. Thanks to your circumstances, you’re reduced to accepting hospitality from some remote relations of yours. They may never turn up to family gatherings, and you’ve never heard much about them, but they’re probably just reclusive.
6. Journalist. You’ve heard some interesting rumours about this old mansion in the middle of nowhere.
7. The neighbour. You know that things are not quite right in that old house on the hill. Perhaps you feel it’s your duty to interfere. Perhaps you’re just curious. Perhaps you are childhood friends with the house’s resident.

The Resident
1. Past transgressions. Perhaps a mad wife in the attic? Someone buried in the cellar?
2. The unquiet dead. Look, you just live here. You’re not responsible for the ghosts. Even if they do all seem to be related to you.
3. The monster. You are the thing in the house to be feared. Actual monsters or monster AUs totally an option here! Vampires, werewolves, beasts and horrors all possible. Perhaps put an ordinary face on when you receive your new guest.
4. Wildcard. Choose your own deep dark secret: maybe your character naturally comes with one.
alcuin_delaunay: (Default)

Alcuin no Delaunay ( Kushiel's Dart )

[personal profile] alcuin_delaunay 2017-02-17 07:52 pm (UTC)(link)
[The newcomer. Either new groom, companion, or language tutor/translator (prefer not tutor to children).]
scottish_moira: (Default)

Moira MacTaggert | X-Men (Comics) | OTA

[personal profile] scottish_moira 2017-02-17 07:53 pm (UTC)(link)
[Governess or journalist if newcomer. Past transgressions if resident.]
ombremoon: (Default)

Selene | Starfighter: Eclipse | M/M

[personal profile] ombremoon 2017-02-17 07:54 pm (UTC)(link)
[Newcomer. Open to any of the options and very open to AUs and cross-canon.]
dalmascanqueen: (Default)

Ashe of Dalmasca ; FFXII ; OTA

[personal profile] dalmascanqueen 2017-02-17 07:56 pm (UTC)(link)
forakingdom: (Default)

Griffith | Berserk

[personal profile] forakingdom 2017-02-17 07:56 pm (UTC)(link)
[Open to everything. The creepier and darker the better.]
sleepsinblood: (talking - and again that stare)

Carmilla Karnstein | Carmilla

[personal profile] sleepsinblood 2017-02-17 08:29 pm (UTC)(link)
[Definitely the resident and the monster in that case. She even has a castle! though it'd have to be rebuilt]
desecrated: (pretending things are fine)

Sherlock Holmes || Sherlock BBC || m/m

[personal profile] desecrated 2017-02-17 10:04 pm (UTC)(link)
doctor_terror: (Default)

Scarecrow | Batman Arkham Knight | ota

[personal profile] doctor_terror 2017-02-17 10:47 pm (UTC)(link)
[The Resident. Possibly either the monster or a scientist who has horrific experiments going on in the basement.]
rateyes: (Default)

The Rat King | TMNT (2012) | m/m

[personal profile] rateyes 2017-02-17 10:49 pm (UTC)(link)
[The Resident. Lovecraft homage, anyone?]
raduvladislas: (Default)

Radu Vladislas | Subspecies | M/M

[personal profile] raduvladislas 2017-02-17 10:49 pm (UTC)(link)
[Resident vampire]
noctyourking: (Default)

THE BLOOOOOODSTOOOOOOOOONNNNNNEEEEEEE holy hell how can I not tag this...

[personal profile] noctyourking 2017-02-17 11:40 pm (UTC)(link)
yes? no? :c

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3. Companion; naturally au~

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actuallyagirlsname: (facepalm)

Sherlock Holmes (rule 63!) || Sherlock || f/f or canonmates

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unheeled: (Default)

Rita Du Clark | iZombie | ota

[personal profile] unheeled 2017-02-18 12:01 am (UTC)(link)
[She's the monster locked up in the basement by her father for fear she might kill him. Or, as [personal profile] damnedsel, she's the heiress who will own the house with monsters in the basement.]
acrappyartist: (Default)

cassie holmes ✫ push

[personal profile] acrappyartist 2017-02-18 12:26 am (UTC)(link)
wealldosillythings: (Default)

Molly Hooper | BBC Sherlock | OTA

[personal profile] wealldosillythings 2017-02-18 02:53 am (UTC)(link)
[Open to bride, hired hand, companion, distant relation, and wildcard.]
unfortunatechemistry: (Moving on the dance floor)

Fumikage Tokoyami | My Hero Academia | m/m

[personal profile] unfortunatechemistry 2017-02-18 07:00 am (UTC)(link)
[Resident, open to any of the options.]
nightchildren: (Default)

Raphael Santiago | Shadowhunters

[personal profile] nightchildren 2017-02-18 07:49 am (UTC)(link)
roblet: (hold my head under that bath)

gellert grindelwald. hp/fbawtft.

[personal profile] roblet 2017-02-18 08:04 am (UTC)(link)
[ If he's the newcomer, he's likely the companion or the (fake) distant relation. If he's older, then either of the above or a tutor to an (adult) resident.

If he's the resident, he's likely to be the monster at either age.

m/m for anything sexual; ota for more chaste "romance." Any romantic feelings will be one-sided, but he's good at pretending. ]
timetrek: (Default)

Lucy Preston | Timeless | OTA

[personal profile] timetrek 2017-02-18 04:39 pm (UTC)(link)
horriblealiases: (pic#10972219)

Genya Arikado/Alucard | Castlevania | OTA

[personal profile] horriblealiases 2017-02-18 06:23 pm (UTC)(link)
enisled: (pic#8715494)

Michael Darkholme | Marvel Comics | OTA

[personal profile] enisled 2017-02-18 06:26 pm (UTC)(link)
[Canonically the monster locked away. No smut pls.]
iisupergirlii: (Default)

Kara Danvers | Supergirl | OTA

[personal profile] iisupergirlii 2017-02-19 12:33 am (UTC)(link)
[newcomer. 2, 3, 4, 6, or 7. or choose your own adventure with her idc. open to writing starters, open to OCs, come at me.]
mommywinters: (Default)

Mia Winters | Resident Evil 7 | OTA

[personal profile] mommywinters 2017-02-19 12:37 am (UTC)(link)
[voicetesting. still. can be the newcomer or the resident, up for anything.]
drehnifusbahi: (*concerned look*)

The Dragonborn | Skyrim | OTA

[personal profile] drehnifusbahi 2017-02-19 02:00 am (UTC)(link)
[Newcomer, in hired hand, companion, tutor, or journalist varieties. Also open to playing him as the resident, either on this journal or the younger version [personal profile] goraandovah. Cross-canon ok, open to OCs.]
destenebres: (?)

Armand | The Vampire Chronicles | OTA

[personal profile] destenebres 2017-02-19 02:01 am (UTC)(link)
[Resident vampire. Unlikely to take a spouse or hire a tutor, but open to all other types of newcomer.]
perpetua: (pic#11063137)

lacie baskerville ; pandora hearts; ota

[personal profile] perpetua 2017-02-19 03:47 pm (UTC)(link)
[ ah, yes. the resident. ]