Influence of Romanticism in the Contemporary Shows True Blood, American Horror Story, and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

Influence of Romanticism in the Contemporary Shows True Blood, American Horror Story, and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Imagine a life in the 18th century when a revolution is taking place that exercises freedom, emotional liberty and importance of oneself. When the Romantic Era hit many individuals were becoming aware of a movement of intense emotion and became interested in unfamiliar and exotic experiences. Many of these experiences in which, brought to light a whole new world of darkness and strong emotions such as apprehension and terror. Romanticism in the 18th century sparked imagination; Imagination that was perceived as the “ultimate power” (see reference). Fast forwarding to contemporary culture, many of these examples of romanticism are seen in shows such as True Blood, American Horror Story, and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
There are important scenes in each episode of True Blood that emerge characteristics of Romanticism. Sookie is not-your-average waitress at Merlotte’s, she hears everyone thoughts all the time. When she meets Bill (vampire) and touches his hand for the first time, everyone’s thoughts disappear and she hears silence for the first time. This is one of the main reasons that attracted Sookie to Bill; Sookie finds peace and freedom when she is with him even though he is a blood thirsty vampire. True Blood is a perfect example of the ideas behind Romanticism because any human that is intimate with a vampire in the show experience intense and unfamiliar emotions that keep them hooked and desperate to come back for more. There is a scene when Eric (vampire) is worried about his maker, Godric. Sookie then says, “You have a lot a love for him” and Eric replies “Don’t use words I don’t understand”. This dialogue is particularly interesting because vampires are creatures of death and darkness lurkin...


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...ight, he flies into the fog like a vulture in the sky!! And they call him Sandy Claws.” What better way to catch the monsters’ attention in Halloween town, because they certainly do not know anything about the joy that Christmas is supposed to bring.
While there are many more shows and movies in which Romanticism is noticed, most is also found in writings and literature. I believe the three contemporary examples given in the essay are unique but definitely describe the freedom, emotional liberty and importance of oneself that sparked in the 18th century. True Blood with the idea of freedom, American Horror Story with emotional liberty and Tim Burton expressing his imagination into his work that was so different from the norm. There is a certain type of beauty behind all the darkness and that is what grasps peoples’ attentions while viewing this works of film.

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