I wonder if any of you, like me, love spotting 'token darklings' and darkly-inclined characters in films, books and other media? I don't know if it's because I find I can relate more to characters who obviously have something in common with me (even if it's just fashion) or because I can scan for style inspiration, or even in some cases because I like to either a) roll my eyes at a poor representation or b) giggle with glee at Gothy in-jokes or satirism of the subculture. Or all of the above, most possibly.
Either way, for your amusement (hopefully) and my own (most likely), allow me to rate, slate, present and dissect assorted spooky types from popular (and not-so-popular) entertainment. Beginning with a well-known perkygoth figurehead, played by Pauley Perette in the US TV show NCIS.
I first came across Perette's character, Abby Sciuto, when a friend of mine bought me an NCIS box set specifically so I could set my eyes on a Goth forensic scientist who thinks nothing of wearing black lipstick and a spiked collar with her lab coat. I was not the only one who adored kooky, quirky, fun-loving Abby - the character has reportedly made Perette the most popular actress on American TV.
Abby is a rather endearing mass of Goth stereotypes; she sleeps in a coffin, carries a parasol whenever outdoors and her lab is decorated with BEGoth dolls and toys. Often in 'Abby's lab' scenes, pounding Industrial or electronic music can be heard; much of this music is just on loop rather than being real songs, but the sharp-eared Goth will also spot Android Lust and Collide being played throughout the show. (Perette is apparently a Collide fan in real life and recently Tweeted a photo of herself wearing a tank top made by vocalist and frontwoman kaRIN.)
Abby is a tattoo enthusiast; some of the tattoos seen on screen are Perette's real tattoos, but some, such as the large spiderweb on her neck, are transfers which have to be applied each day for filming. Despite being an exceptionally good forensic scientist, Abby believes and has a strong interest in the supernatural.
Perette describes Abby's character thusly, "“[NCIS creator] Don Bellisario told me that when he created Magnum, P.I. he wanted to introduce a Vietnam vet who defied the negative stereotype. So with Abby, he wanted to take an alternative-style person with tattoos and make her someone who is happy, totally put together and successful. All the script said about her was: black hair, caffeinated and smart… She's completely unaware that anybody thinks she looks weird. She thinks she looks pretty and never calls herself anything other than happy. And I fight for that."
Abby loses some Goth cred when the show's creators pointed out that her entire wardrobe is sourced from Hot Topic, and there are many, many Goth girls with straight bangs who are sick and tired of hearing that they 'look just like that girl off NCIS'.
Not every Goth is a fan of Abby (many find her TOO perky and not a little cheesy), but as NCIS is quite a well-known show she does provide a positive example of Gothdom for worried friends and parents.
Style: *** (I like Abby's look but would love to see some more vintage or thrifted pieces thrown in there by the stylists.)
Scene Cred: ***
P.S. This is a scheduled post, as I have day tickets to Reading Festival to see THE CURE. <3