The Millennial Gothic

The Millennial Gothic

Soren Bryce speaks to the unsettling corners of the Millennial mind.

If you grew up loving Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events," you may understand what I mean when I use the word "Gothic." No, I'm not referring to the spike-collared-jet-black-haired goth style. I mean the literary Gothic, the genre of "Jane Eyre," "Dracula," "Great Expectations," and "Frankenstein." The misty, borderline supernatural (or sometimes definitely supernatural) books that tend to focus on vulnerability and eeriness. "A Series of Unfortunate Events" is one of tons of other pieces of contemporary literature that bring elements of the Gothic genre back into our field of vision. There's a reason they keep remaking "Jane Eyre," a reason Lady Gaga captures our attention, a reason that we're drawn to "American Horror Story." We like a little bit of eerie in our entertainment. It allows us to float a little bit outside of our rational, systematic ideologies and see the world as something that can't always be explained.

While our experiences with the Gothic may differ widely from the days of Jane Eyre, it has certainly left its mark on our pop culture. Step back with me for a minute and take a look at my favorite musician- a folk singer-songwriter from LA. I started listening to Soren Bryce's music in 2012 when she had maybe four or five songs publicly available, all of which I downloaded and stuck on a blank CD. I still remember one of the first times I played that CD. I was driving home around midnight after a closing shift at work and rain was pouring down on my fogged-up windshield. The first song that came on was called "Gone", a sweet, haunting narrative told from the perspective of the friend of someone who had just committed suicide. Call me morbid, but this whole scene somehow resonated deeply with me. The experience I had driving home that night not only spoke to my own past and battle with depression, it also changed the way the world felt for a few minutes. I think that's what we crave in the Gothic. A little bit of the unknown, a little reminder that we are small pieces of a huge system that we can't quite grasp.

Soren's latest videos have only reinforced the parallels I see between the Gothic and the Millennial mind, especially in the music video for "Ride with You." Released last September, this thing is packed with Gothic elements- a young girl in white sleeps alone in an enormous dilapidated house. In bizarre, dreamlike fashion she walks out into the misty night, passing bizarre people along the way. She seems to embody the damsel in distress in the beginning, an innocent character in a potentially dangerous space, but contradicts this by confidently walking through the night. One minute into the video Bryce's character changes dramatically, revealing a man tied to the top of a car as she enters it and begins to drive. This unexpected twist moves Bryce from potential victim to something else, possibly even becoming monstrous (another crucial trope of the Gothic is that of the monstrous, which was sometimes embodied by a terrifying human being).

I think the Gothic genre and Soren Bryce's video resonate well with Millennials because it looks a little like our own world. We're entering a scary time in our lives. The workplace is an enormous unknown full of mystery and danger. We feel threatened by predatory lending and an economy that often feels like it wants to use us like batteries. But at the same time, we have a subtle confidence in our own power and place in the world. When it comes to humanitarian causes, social justice, and the use of technology we are forces to be reckoned with. We are creating a new way for the world to operate and as we do so we become powerful in our society. In this way we can identify as both the damsel and the mystery. In interviews we may lose our confidence and feel like we're at the mercy of corporate America, but when we look at the future we see a place for ourselves and a world that we know how to succeed in.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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