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26th Jul '17 8:47:51 PM Pastykake
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Unlike TheSavageSouth where the southern areas are teeming with life (most of which wants you dead), Southern Gothic settings have a constant feel of decay, death and malaise. Anything living there will feel unnatural on top of possibly being very dangerous. Supernatural elements are popular, especially with themes of the undead or "things that should not be" instead of the typical wild animals and hostile natives usually seen in TheSavageSouth.

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Unlike TheSavageSouth where the southern areas are teeming with life (most of which wants you dead), Southern Gothic settings have a constant feel of decay, death death, and malaise. Anything living there will feel unnatural on top of possibly being very dangerous. Supernatural elements are popular, especially with themes of the undead or "things that should not be" instead of the typical wild animals and hostile natives usually seen in TheSavageSouth.
The Savage South.



See also DeepSouth, Southern Gothic's mother trope. Compare LovecraftCountry, CampbellCountry, NordicNoir, and {{Uberwald}}. Compare and Contrast WeirdWest, which could be thought of as the [[ThirstyDesert sun scorched]] counterpart to the [[SwampsAreEvil dark and humid rot]] of Southern Gothic. Though distinct in tone and setting, the two can blend in border areas between the DeepSouth and the WildWest (which is to say, mostly Texas, though Oklahoma can do in a pinch).

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See also DeepSouth, Southern Gothic's mother trope. Compare LovecraftCountry, CampbellCountry, NordicNoir, and {{Uberwald}}. Compare and Contrast WeirdWest, which could be thought of as the [[ThirstyDesert sun scorched]] sun-scorched]] counterpart to the [[SwampsAreEvil dark and humid rot]] of Southern Gothic. Though distinct in tone and setting, the two can blend in border areas between the DeepSouth Deep South and the WildWest (which is to say, mostly Texas, though Oklahoma can do in a pinch).



* ''Manga/MeAndTheDevilBlues'' is loosely based on the life of legendary blues player Robert Johnson. Set in the DeepSouth during the Great Depression, it follows a man named RJ who barters away his soul at a crossroads for the ability to play perfectly.

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* ''Manga/MeAndTheDevilBlues'' is loosely based on the life of legendary blues player Robert Johnson. Set in the DeepSouth Deep South during the Great Depression, it follows a man named RJ who barters away his soul at a crossroads for the ability to play perfectly.



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* The collected works of Creator/TennesseeWilliams, particularly ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire.''
* Creator/StephenKing, T-Bone Burnett and JohnMellencamp created a musical called ''Ghost Brothers of Darkland County'' which plays with a lot of the tropes associated with the genre. It also contains several shout-outs to FlanneryOConnor, TennesseeWilliams and Creator/WilliamFaulkner, but with a supernatural elements thrown.

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* The collected works Sons of Creator/TennesseeWilliams, particularly ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire.''
Perdition fits this trope to a T.
* Creator/StephenKing, T-Bone Burnett and JohnMellencamp created a musical called ''Ghost Brothers of Darkland County'' which plays with a A lot of the tropes associated with the genre. It also contains several shout-outs to FlanneryOConnor, TennesseeWilliams and Creator/WilliamFaulkner, but with a supernatural elements thrown.
imagery in Music/{{Beyonce}}'s visual special for her album ''Lemonade'' falls into this, much of it being shot in Louisiana.



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* Sons of Perdition fits this trope to a T.
* A lot of the imagery in Music/{{Beyonce}}'s visual special for her album ''Lemonade'' falls into this, much of it being shot in Louisiana.

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* Sons of Perdition fits this trope to a T.
* A lot of the imagery in Music/{{Beyonce}}'s visual special for her album ''Lemonade'' falls into this, much of it being shot in Louisiana.

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* The collected works of Creator/TennesseeWilliams, particularly ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire.''
* Creator/StephenKing, T-Bone Burnett and JohnMellencamp created a musical called ''Ghost Brothers of Darkland County'' which plays with a lot of the tropes associated with the genre. It also contains several shout-outs to FlanneryOConnor, TennesseeWilliams and Creator/WilliamFaulkner, but with a supernatural elements thrown.

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20th Jun '17 2:11:47 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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This trope is deeply rooted in American history. For most of civilization fabric tended to be either uncomfortable (wool, linen) or very expensive (silk), and for early adopters, cotton farming was like being able to grow gold. However, soil degradation and the development of overseas competition caused profits to plummet, and many Southern families built mansions only to find them impossible to maintain. As a result, the South became littered with decrepit properties occupied by bitter, downwardly-mobile planters. Combined with the insularity and tense social order of the region, this provided the writers who established this genre with ample inspiration.

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This trope is deeply rooted in American history. For most of civilization fabric tended to be either uncomfortable (wool, linen) or very expensive (silk), and for early adopters, cotton farming was like being able to grow gold. However, soil degradation and the development of overseas competition caused profits to plummet, and many Southern families built mansions only to find them impossible to maintain. As a result, the South became littered with decrepit properties occupied by bitter, downwardly-mobile [[RichesToRags downwardly-mobile]] planters. Combined with the insularity and tense social order of the region, this provided the writers who established this genre with ample inspiration.
24th May '17 6:41:40 PM karstovich2
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* ''Podcast/STown'', although nonfiction, is usually described as Southern Gothic (more in the Creator/WilliamFaulkner-Creator/FlanneryOConnor mode than the "Supernatural South" one), as it focuses on a small town in the Deep South (Woodstock, Alabama, in Birmingham's southern hinterland) and its social divisions and problems.

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* ''Podcast/STown'', although nonfiction, is usually described as Southern Gothic (more in the Creator/WilliamFaulkner-Creator/FlanneryOConnor mode than the "Supernatural South" one), as it focuses on a small town in the Deep South (Woodstock, Alabama, in Birmingham's southern hinterland) and its social divisions and problems.
problems. To top off the vibe, the closing theme is Music/TheZombies' "A Rose for Emily", which is a ShoutOut to [[Literature/ARoseForEmily Faulkner's famous short story]].
24th May '17 6:33:03 PM karstovich2
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*''Podcast/STown'', although nonfiction, is usually described as Southern Gothic (more in the Creator/WilliamFaulkner-Creator/FlanneryOConnor mode than the "Supernatural South" one), as it focuses on a small town in the Deep South (Woodstock, Alabama, in Birmingham's southern hinterland) and its social divisions and problems.

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24th May '17 6:25:22 PM karstovich2
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See also DeepSouth, Southern Gothic's mother trope. Compare LovecraftCountry, CampbellCountry, NordicNoir, and {{Uberwald}}. Compare and Contrast WeirdWest, which could be thought of as the [[ThirstyDesert sun scorched]] counterpart to the [[SwampsAreEvil dark and humid rot]] of Southern Gothic. Though distinct in tone and setting, the two can blend in border areas between the DeepSouth and the WildWest.

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See also DeepSouth, Southern Gothic's mother trope. Compare LovecraftCountry, CampbellCountry, NordicNoir, and {{Uberwald}}. Compare and Contrast WeirdWest, which could be thought of as the [[ThirstyDesert sun scorched]] counterpart to the [[SwampsAreEvil dark and humid rot]] of Southern Gothic. Though distinct in tone and setting, the two can blend in border areas between the DeepSouth and the WildWest.WildWest (which is to say, mostly Texas, though Oklahoma can do in a pinch).
20th May '17 11:38:50 AM JackTheHammer
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* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'' is set in a derelict plantation in Dulvey, Louisiana, [[RevisitingTheRoots returning the franchise]] to its original survival horror roots in rural America.

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* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'' is set in a derelict plantation in the fictional town of Dulvey, Louisiana, [[RevisitingTheRoots returning the franchise]] to its original survival horror roots in rural America.
4th May '17 2:21:34 AM Blackie62
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* ''VideoGame/KentuckyRouteZero'' nails the intersecting point between this and MagicalRealism.

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* ''VideoGame/KentuckyRouteZero'' nails the intersecting point between this and MagicalRealism.MagicalRealism while setting itself in the modern decay of the South after the the Great Recession of 2008.
4th Apr '17 9:47:17 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/ARoseForEmily'', by Main/Creator/WilliamFaulkner, could well be the poster child of this trope. Emily Grierson's mansion, a symbol of better days long since past, is described in the most wretched terms of rot and decay--and the house hides terrible secrets.
** Almost everything that was written by William Faulkner, from ''Absalom, Absalom!'' to ''Literature/TheSoundAndTheFury''.

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* ''Literature/ARoseForEmily'', by Main/Creator/WilliamFaulkner, could well be the poster child of this trope.Creator/WilliamFaulkner. Emily Grierson's mansion, a symbol of better days long since past, is described in the most wretched terms of rot and decay--and the house hides terrible secrets.
** %%** Almost everything that was written by William Faulkner, from ''Absalom, Absalom!'' ''Literature/AbsalomAbsalom'' to ''Literature/TheSoundAndTheFury''.''Literature/TheSoundAndTheFury''. %% ZCE
11th Mar '17 11:37:25 AM thestarryskye
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* ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' takes place in Alabama, mostly shot in abandoned and wooded areas. Nobody is who you think they are, and the forest is hiding something supernatural.
11th Feb '17 7:36:40 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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The Southern Gothic is its own subgenre of Gothic media, characterized by bleak settings in the DeepSouth, flawed (and often disturbing) characters, and the darker side of the Southeastern United States including racism, sexism, and BarefootPoverty. If you're in Louisiana, HollywoodVoodoo might make an appearance.

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The Southern Gothic is its own subgenre of [[GothicHorror Gothic media, media]], characterized by bleak settings in the DeepSouth, flawed (and often disturbing) characters, and the darker side of the Southeastern United States including racism, sexism, and BarefootPoverty. If you're in Louisiana, HollywoodVoodoo might make an appearance.
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