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Marlowe ([personal profile] marlowe_tops) wrote in [community profile] bakerstreet2017-09-09 11:04 am
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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.
scottish_moira: (Default)

Moira MacTaggert | X-Men Comics

[personal profile] scottish_moira 2017-09-09 05:08 pm (UTC)(link)
[Governess or journalist if newcomer. Past transgressions if resident.]
reliantnav: (Default)

Abel | Starfighter (Comic) | M/M

[personal profile] reliantnav 2017-09-09 05:08 pm (UTC)(link)
[Newcomer, probably new groom or companion, could also be journalist. Very open to cross-canon and AUs. Could scifi gothic romance be a thing? Let's do it.]
tenebrarius: (windblown)

Adam Parrish | The Raven Cycle | M/M

[personal profile] tenebrarius 2017-09-09 05:12 pm (UTC)(link)
[POC!Adam. Probably newcomer, but willing to go with whatever.]
preciousbrat: (suit)

Eren Jaeger | Shingeki no Kyojin | M/M

[personal profile] preciousbrat 2017-09-09 05:29 pm (UTC)(link)
[The Resident. Can be the Monster for this too]
thelastdanceismine: (Default)

Death (Personification) | Elisabeth (Musical)| OTA

[personal profile] thelastdanceismine 2017-09-09 05:32 pm (UTC)(link)
(the resident)
yearnsforfeathers: (Default)

OMG an Elisabeth muse!

[personal profile] yearnsforfeathers 2017-09-10 12:53 am (UTC)(link)
[Don't suppose this little OC takarisienne could come knocking? Research for a role, or something, not realizing who the true owner of the place is?]

Squee!

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telltaleschemer: (vi.)

Edgar Allan Poe | Bungou Stray Dogs | ota

[personal profile] telltaleschemer 2017-09-09 05:35 pm (UTC)(link)
[ O k a y. This meme is kind of his jam. I'm up to negotiate a lot of scenarios o/ ]
18th_century_rockstar: (Ray of Sunshine)

Wolfgang Mozart | Amadeus

[personal profile] 18th_century_rockstar 2017-09-09 05:36 pm (UTC)(link)
(the newcomer, either the groom or a musician who was hired to keep the owner of the house company)
scalpedsociety: (she wanted nothing in return)

Aramat Drawdes | Alabaster

[personal profile] scalpedsociety 2017-09-09 05:46 pm (UTC)(link)
[If a newcomer, would like Distant Relation or Neighbor. If the Resident, anything is cool bc she got a creepy house in canon. OTA for shipping.]
ferociousleader: (Default)

Steve | Original

[personal profile] ferociousleader 2017-09-09 05:50 pm (UTC)(link)
elderflowermacarons: (I have magic powers)

Taako | The Adventure Zone | OTA

[personal profile] elderflowermacarons 2017-09-09 06:16 pm (UTC)(link)
[Newcomer or monster. I mean, he dates the grim reaper, but he can be pretty spooky on his own if he wants.]
outofthemanor: (Default)

Wednesday Addams

[personal profile] outofthemanor 2017-09-09 06:30 pm (UTC)(link)
[there's a few options that could work]
heardyouthefirsttime: (Default)

Edith Cushing | Crimson Peak

[personal profile] heardyouthefirsttime 2017-09-09 06:32 pm (UTC)(link)
soulsteal: fanart credit ✞ pixiv ids (02)

soma cruz; castlevania

[personal profile] soulsteal 2017-09-09 06:36 pm (UTC)(link)
[either role!]
ebony_wings: (Default)

[personal profile] ebony_wings 2017-09-12 07:42 pm (UTC)(link)
[[Do you mind an OC? She's pretty much a (disguised) harpy from a noble house, and could go either way (either as a newcoming bride, investigator or nosy neighbor, or being the 'monster', albeit she's mostly harmless unless cornered or trying to protect someone)]]

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dogamidstmen: (coffee thoughtful)

Gabriel Starling | OC | OTA

[personal profile] dogamidstmen 2017-09-09 06:47 pm (UTC)(link)
[ The monster, most likely. ]
b_e_w_obsessiveskeptic: (manga profile)

Seto Kaiba | Yu-Gi-Oh! DM | OTA

[personal profile] b_e_w_obsessiveskeptic 2017-09-09 06:59 pm (UTC)(link)
[Probably a resident with his own secrets - possible haunting with grim shit in the basement.]
Edited 2017-09-09 19:01 (UTC)
silvae: (Default)

nuada silverlance | hellboy

[personal profile] silvae 2017-09-09 07:06 pm (UTC)(link)
[ the resident/monster. ]
helplessworld: (⇀ a time of love)

tate langdon : ahs (m/f)

[personal profile] helplessworld 2017-09-09 07:22 pm (UTC)(link)
[Resident ghost in the guise of a troubled (and dangerous) teen. Won't necessarily admit to being dead, at least not upfront.]
Edited 2017-09-09 19:22 (UTC)
oneirism: (Found the place to rest my head)

Lapis Fathalla | Original | OTA

[personal profile] oneirism 2017-09-09 08:44 pm (UTC)(link)
[Info can be found here! Most likely the Newcomer, someone who's been hired to investigate the house and the rumors surrounding it.]
gothicnovels: (pic#6872288)

catherine morland | northanger abbey

[personal profile] gothicnovels 2017-09-09 09:42 pm (UTC)(link)
[ gothic romance u say? ]
doctor_terror: (Default)

Scarecrow | Batman Arkham Knight

[personal profile] doctor_terror 2017-09-09 10:00 pm (UTC)(link)
[The Resident or the Monster. Maybe both? Crosscanon and AUs welcome.]
Edited 2017-09-09 22:04 (UTC)
fireandhoney: (Default)

The Dragonborn | Skyrim | M/M

[personal profile] fireandhoney 2017-09-09 10:03 pm (UTC)(link)
[Possibly either companion, the new groom or is doing the adventurer thing and came to investigate. Or he could be the resident, with a secret shrine to Sithis in his basement and is hiding the fact that he moonlights as an assassin. Crosscanon and AUs welcome.]
Edited 2017-09-09 22:05 (UTC)
lycanhybrid: (Default)

Michael Corvin | Underworld | M/M

[personal profile] lycanhybrid 2017-09-09 10:04 pm (UTC)(link)
[Most likely the newcomer. Crosscanon and AUs welcome.]
Edited 2017-09-09 22:05 (UTC)
negotiates: (check out that bow tie)

Elijah Mikaelson | The Originals | M/F

[personal profile] negotiates 2017-09-09 10:49 pm (UTC)(link)
[The resident monster.]
halfsick: (for all your lies to come undone)

Shilo Wallace | Repo! The Genetic Opera

[personal profile] halfsick 2017-09-09 10:49 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Excited about most newcomer options! Would also be pretty jazzed about unquiet dead. Can play her aged up, as necessary. :) ]
itshighmoon: (Default)

Werewolf Mccree | Overwatch |OTA 18+

[personal profile] itshighmoon 2017-09-09 11:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh look, a Resident werewolf

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