The Dark Academia Book Club
From the passion for books and the search of knowledge and culture as a lifestyle
The Dark Academia concept refers to aesthetics that combine different aspects of the individual related to the passion for knowledge and almost the obsession for it, and, consequently, for the learning of a high cultural level. The continuous pursuit of knowledge is materialized in the taste for reading books recognized throughout history for being long sellers, or for being the great classics of literature. It also usually materializes through the reading of narratives located in academic spaces, or with the reading of those books whose plots are related to royal and secret libraries, british universities or colleges, or even with unique books, music and the most elitist culture.
The matrix aesthetic of the Dark Academia is divided into various sub-aesthetics, born after adapting to various contemporary aesthetics such as Goth, Boho Chic, or even Cottage, etc. After mixing, it is easy for us to find ourselves faced with aesthetics such as the Dark Gothic Academia, the Light Academia, the Classic Academia, the Writer Academia, the Chaotic Academia, the Gray Academia and a long etc. We will find as many aesthetics mixed with the Dark Academia as we can imagine. Stealthily, the Dark Academy has crept in in recent months as a lifestyle among young people, often more academic, or, albeit, of a higher cultural level. They are usually people with an interest in culture, who always seek to know more, but also pursue that learning through the search for knowledge in quality books, by authors recognized for being classics of literature, or because they stand out from the rest for its literary quality. We can often observe how “these knowledge seekers” share awesome libraries, books and more books, or their moments of reading in academic spaces or very “cosy”, with a cup of tea or coffee, through their social networks, usually Instagram or Tumblr.
Surrounding the Dark Academia lifestyle is also joined by physical aesthetics, related to image and fashion. Those who live 100% of the Dark Academy tend to dress classically, with white and neutral tones, they warm up with wool jackets in earth tones, or with British tweed jackets, checked trousers and thick wool sweaters, always following that visual aesthetic that reminds us of the one so characteristic of the most notorious and British Oxford or Cambridge Colleges.
It is true that the stereotyping of the Dark Academy leads us to a certain romantic vision of culture, and specifically of literature. We thus place ourselves before people who seek that knowledge in a lonely and bohemian way, and who often find themselves faced with profound reflections on life and death, as a kind of latent neo-existentialism. A version of the Dark Academia links aesthetics with a more lonely side and closer to depression, as were the Asian Emos of the 90s, but this time more linked to the romantic idea that perhaps Lord Byron already reflected in his moment in his literature.
The Dark Academy also presents a series of outstanding authors, who are the most read among the faithful followers of this aesthetic, thus we find authors such as Emily Dickinson, Jane Austen, the Brönte sisters, Virginia Woolf, but also Virgilio, Aristoteles, Sophocles, Sappho, Platon or Dante Alighieri, the Beat Generation, Camus, Dostoyevski, Tolstoj, Nietzsche, Pushkin, and also Maya Angelou, F. Scott Fitzgerald, HP Lovecraft, E.A. Poe, Nabokov, Rimbaud, Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, Dickens or also authors like Donna Tartt, V.E. Schwab or even Bram Stoker.
The truth is that I have discovered myself as a member of the Dark Academy without knowing what I was, not because of the physical aesthetics, yes, I may wear those comfortable wool sweaters in Winter, but above all, I have identified in that continuous search for knowledge and by that bibliophile passion, which as a writer I carry implicit in me and I cannot avoid it either. Thus, before this list presented by the Dark Academy of classical works of literature and authors, authors of horror and the fantastic, romantic authors, classic poets, romantic poets, writers women and writers man of all quality, I can only surrender to their works of literature and join in a more blatant way to that Dark Academia aesthetic myself. That is why as a writer (@redondocristina on Instagram) , together with my reader friend Silvia Mallol (@passiopelsllibres on Instagram), I come up with the idea to me to promote The Dark Academia Book Club (@thedarkacademiabookclub on Instagram), in which both my friend Silvia Mallol as I will coordinate the book readings categorized as Dark Academia. In this way, a large group of reader friends have already joined us on Telegram it is with those who share the first reading that will be the horror classic “Dracula” by Bram Stoker.
The Dark Academia Book Club will begin reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula on February 1st, at the end of this reading, we will continue with other literary works linked with the Dark Academia aesthetic of authors as Madellein Miller, Daphne du Marier, Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, EM Forster, Virginia Wolf or Hanya Yanagihara and VE Schwab, among others.
At The Dark Academia Book Club, we seek to honour the Dark Academia concept to the fullest, therefore we will not only share comments about the reading that may be given in the Reading Club around the selected works, but we also intend to share information of cultural interest around the books we read, that is why we intend to create a link with other readers who have the same interest, no longer in literature, but also the search for knowledge and culture at a much deeper level.
If you want to join The Dark Academia Book Club with us and share with us that passion for literature and knowledge, you just have to follow us on Instagram and tell us your interest in joining us at @thedarkacademiabookclub, you will be welcome and we will tell you how to belong to The Dark Academia Book Club.