Saturday, August 27, 2011

Literary Lolita: On the Sweet Lolita's Bookshelf

What makes a work of literature a sweet lolita piece? Sweet lolita literature is a different breed from gothic and classic lolita. It is from a much different time period, starting about 1800 and going through the 1980's. Like the fashion itself, sweet lolita literature is more modern than its counterparts, but it is also focused on Europe and North America. Children's literature features heavily, especially those books which are written seemingly as children's novels, but are actually geared more towards adults. Other common themes are uniqueness, love, self-exploration, and the beauty of the world around the subject. Sweet lolita literature is light and effervescent with deeply-resonating undertones.

On the Sweet Lolita's Bookshelf...

In no particular order:
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Serendipity book series by Stephen Cosgrove, especially Flutterby
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll
  • Tales of my Mother Goose by Charles Perrault
  • The Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti
  • Any anthology by Shel Silverstein, but especially A Light in the Attic
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Margaret
  • Andrew Lang's Fairy Books, compiled by Andrew Lang
  • Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

As always, fellow lolitas! What's on your sweet lolita required reading list?

And this concludes the Lolita Required Reading series! I may end up doing a few more, or maybe just one big post of a few lists for specific substyles, but I think everyone is sick of seeing these things by now! Sorry that this post is a little late, I was in Boston all week with friends and now I'm running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to get ready for school before the hurricane hits. Sigh!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Literary Lolita: The Gothic Lolita's Bookshelf

What makes a work of literature a gothic lolita piece? A work of gothic lolita literature is a little more broad time-wise than the classic lolita pieces; it can include everything from the Bible to modern vampire novels. However, for these works, I drew mainly on a similar time from as the classic lolita pieces, namely around the 1500's-1900's, also mainly written in Europe and North America. Gothic literature is actually its own genre, so this list taps greatly into those classics with a few other unexpected additions. Victorian horror is a heavy hitter in this list, but early science fiction and fantasy also make an appearance. Common themes in gothic lolita literature are, obviously, gothic classics like vampires and murder but also the supernatural in general, malaise with society, ennui, discontent with the modern world, and a deep-seated feeling of one's own strangeness. It is an escape from the false brightness of modern life like a London or Paris back alley; dark and shadowy, these works have a slightly foreboding air and rarely end happily.

On the Gothic Lolita's bookshelf...

In no particular order:

  • The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells
  • Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
  • A Modest Proposal by Johnathan Swift
  • Grimm's Fairy Stories by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Anything by Edgar Allen Poe but especially his poetry and short stories
  • Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire
  • The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights by Sir James Knowles
  • Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster
  • A Light in August by William Faulkner
  • Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
I have to admit, as someone who doesn't dapple much in gothic lolita or gothic fashion in general, this was a difficult one for me! So I encourage my more gothically-inclined followers to please add your suggestions to the comments section below! I'd love to see what you all recommend~

Monday, August 8, 2011

Literary Lolita: The Classic Lolita's Bookshelf

You know I love anything related to literature, so today it occurred to me, just for fun, to make a list of my reading recommendations for lolitas. However, as I was thinking about it, I realized that the books I wanted to recommend may not really inspire followers of every style, so I'm breaking them down into sub-styles. This is my required reading list for lovers of classic lolita; if it goes over well, I'll work on gothic and sweet lists, too!

What makes a work of literature a classic lolita piece? It was probably written between 1600-1900 in Europe or North America. This collection focuses mainly on novels but also includes essays, plays, and poetry. Early science fiction and the pastoral convention feature heavily. It focuses on themes like the domestic sphere, nature versus society, tradition, art and its importance to the human soul, science and its effects on humanity, and the importance of knowledge of oneself and the world around one. Like the lolita herself, it is classic and timeless with an implication of scandalous experimentation which, though it would cause little commotion these days, certainly rustled the petticoats of its time.

On the Classic Lolita's Bookshelf...

In no particular order:

  • Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
  • Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • Beauty and the Beast by Marie Le Prince de Beaumont
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • A collection of fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The Passionate Shepherd to his Love by Christopher Marlowe
  • Anything by Shakespeare but especially As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, or King Lear, or most of his sonnets.
  • A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
  • The Poet by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Anonymous
  • Il Canzonere by Francesco Petrarch
  • L'Allegro and Il Penseroso by John Milton

Fellow classic lolitas! What's on your bookshelf?

Part of the Literary Lolita series


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