an improved guide to dark academia

September 6, 2020

hello friends and enemies, and welcome to yet another round of Emily, too idealistic for this world as it seems, failing to understand aestheticism.
aestheticism not aesthetic, you read right.
aestheticism is defined, by the free encyclopedia wikipedia, as following

Aestheticism (also the Aesthetic Movement)
is an intellectual and art movement supporting the emphasis of aesthetic values more than social-political themes for literature, fine art, music and other arts.

while aesthetic is defined, now following the English oxford dictionary,


1. a set of principles underlying the work of a particular artist or artistic movement.

so while “aesthetic” is a Principe, something you chose freely because you felt it would represent you, aestheticism stands above every deeper meaning, any other purpose than the aesthetic pleasure. and doesn’t that kill the very idea of art itself?
isn’t art, robbed of its political ideals, its dreams, its messages (other than the obvious), nothing more than a meaningless piece of paper, of canvas, of stage?
what would art be, if not political?

i refuse to believe there is such thing as unpolitical, for every time we go outside, walking on streets, we walk on taxes, every choice we make influences our world, our politic. so how could art, of all things be unpolitical?
well, generation z, my generation, brought the answer.
dull, forever repeating, unoriginal social media accounts, copying themselves over and over and over, creating echo chambers and uniforms, while also desperately wishing to be different, to stand out from the crowd, to be chosen, to be a valid individual, to not be like their parents, not realizing that they’re starting to build a new system, full of closed minds and hate, just as the one we try to destroy.

stop claiming to hate thinking in drawers while also creating new ones.
it’s dangerous to tell young girls that they are a vsco girl, when they’re just trying to find themselves in this universe of dying stars. stop telling us we are emo, stop telling us who the fuck we are, when you could just shut up and eat vegan pizza.

so how to be a proper dark academian?

don’t limit yourself.
read what brings you joy, wear things that make your eyes sparkle, satisfy your curiosity, learn something new every day, change your opinions, change and challenge yourself everyday.

but how?

books that made my heart sing

these are the very books that I love, I carry so close to my soul, they gave me so much and perhaps, perhaps they can make you happy too. if they don’t that’s fine.

  • the historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  • good omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  • Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • Emily Brontë’s collected poems
  • A Quaint And Curious Volume //tales & poems of the gothic with an introduction by Sarah Perry 
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (I read it 18 times in a row when I was 12 and this gorgeous novel just got published)
  • The Binding by Bridget Collins
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • Peter Pan by James M. Barry (my very first book I still read every year on my birthday eve)
  • The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

clothes I feel comfortable in

this is so very individual, just as everything about me, about you, about us, but perhaps this helps you too. perhaps it doesn’t. and that’s fine.

  • vintage clothes
    this is quite broad but I just adore buying second hand, continuing stories of other people.
    circa the half of my closet is preloved, which is something I’m rather proud of.
    pros: sustainable, cheap, the chance the you ever find something your age wearing the same is *minimal*
  • muji *unpaid advertisement*
    muji is for the basics, selling you the comfiest turtlenecks, the most elegant white blouses and the tidiest trousers.
  • Lucy and Yak *unpaid advertisement*
    very cool because sustainable, fair trade and still somewhat affordable.
  • Urban Outfitters *unpaid advertisement*
    I actually try to avoid buying there first hand, for it’s a major fast fashion brand, but you can easily find their products second hand on depop etc.

how to cosy up your room ☞ the perfect study environment

  • candles, candles in antique candleholders, candles in bottles, candles everywhere. their soft light make a calm atmosphere
  • diffuser—I found them to be so very helpful, for i easily get triggered with smells I don’t know/like
  • plant children, protecting you of curses and gifting you the air you breath :))
  • white linen, bringing, other than patterned or colourful bedding, a bit of calmness into your room

my other posts about dark academia:
what is this dark academia? a haphazard defense of its origins and the love to books
The cozy kingdom’s guide to dark academia

hope you’re staying safe, brave and cosy,

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