Hey guys! Its Tuesday, and I have a new post for you! I'm sure you're wondering which aesthetic I'm obsessed with, so let's get right to it!
A few days ago I randomly came across the dark academia aesthetic on instagram. I had heard its name before, but I had never bothered to actually find out what it was. However, once I started to explore it, I started liking it a lot! From its name, it is clear that it has something to do with knowledge and learning, but it goes so much deeper than that. Here is a clear explanation:
Dark Academia is an aesthetic that revolves around classic literature, the pursuit of individuality, and a general passion for knowledge and learning. Common themes within this aesthetic are books, poetry, friendship, prep/private schools, classical music, coming of age, existentialism, death/murder, social class, and romance. Writing poetry in notebooks, reading the classics, going to local coffee shops, bookstores, libraries, and museums also fuel this aesthetic.
I know that this isn't something everyone is interested in, but it appealed a lot to me. I just feel like this aesthetic gets me. As a poet, this aesthetic just speaks to me. I was surprised to find out that there was a whole aesthetic full of people like me. Just like any other aestehtic, there are subcategories within this aesthetic such as classic academia, witchy academia, scholarly academia, romantic academia, theater academia, art academia, etc. My favorite is Pagano - Lovecore academia. However, you can easily modify your take on academia for any subject you study, or any other aesthetic you're into.
Inspirations for this aesthtic:
1. Movies - There are tons and tons of movies, but the main ones are Dead Poets Society ( This movie is THE BASE of this aesthetics ), Kill Your Darlings ( Another major one ), A room with a view, The dreamers, the notebook, Call me by your name, etc. If you need more movies, just google!
2. Books - Classics, and thrillers are the suggest inspirations for this aesthetic. Basically all classics come in this category. Some of the main ones are - The secret history, If we were villains, the picture of Dorian Grey, Jane Eyre, To Kill a Mockingbird, Wuthering heights, The great Gatsby, The Harry Potter Series, Shakespeare, The goldfinch, etc.
3. Art - Just like everything else, this aesthetic is greatly inspired by art. The main artists are - Claude Monet, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Leonardo Da Vinci, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Camille Claudel, Roberto Ferri, Trevor Henderson, Jean-Michel Basquiat, etc. I would also recommend checking out art movements such as romanticism and impressionism, if you're interested.
Things to do - Here's a few ideas about things to do if you're interested in this aesthetic. I personally have been doing a lot of these things even before I knew this aesthetic existed. Here they are:
• Go to museums, art galleries, old libraries and bookstores, historical places, chruches/graveyards, cafes, etc. ( Bonus points if you sketch the people around you:))
• Write an essay ( On anything you're passionate about. I promise, writing essays is much more fun if you like the topic!)
• Research/ read philosophical books
• Think about how life was better in the past ( Midnight in Paris, anyone? )
• Journal, wrote poems, draw and paint ( It doesn't need to be good, just needs to be yours! )
• Daydream ( about preventing the burning of Library of Alexandria. Seriously, though, if I could change one thing in history, I would change that. )
• Fake your death ( The.Best.Thing.In.This
Clothing style - There is also a certain clotjing style in this aesthetic, but I am not including it here because I don't follow it and I don't believe in dressing according to your aesthetic. Wear whatever you look. Look cute in miniskirts and talk about Shakespeare. It's all up to you. Its what's on the inside that matters:)
I know this aesthetic seems very dark and depressing and serious, but n reality, it is full of light and beauty. It is about praising everything that humans have accomplished and created till now.
I started reading Romeo and Juliet two days ago, and I was surprised by how interesting and funny it was! I didn't find it as difficult as everybody told me it was. I've already completed it, and I'm about tos tart merchant of venice. This just goes to show that never judge anything before you ty it out! I hope you liked this post:)