Dissecting Dragons

Episode 319: Love Never Dies - Romance and Obsession in Speculative Fiction

April 1, 2022

There's a fine line between romance and horror, and it doesn't take much to cross over it. Not just because romances that go wrong - 'bad romances' - can easily morph into horror stories in their own write. Romance and horror often both tap into the same universal human emotions, explore similar themes from different ends of the spectrum and even hit similar beats albeit from different angles. Naturally this crossover means that there are a handful of tropes which could fit in either genre and it just depends on how you handle them. This week, Jules and Madeleine take a look at three main tropes which they enjoy in one genre but not so much in another. What really drives the 'love never dies' trope or the idea of 'soul mates'? Find out in this week's episode.

Under the microscope this week: Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula, Over the Moon, Outlander and many more.


Title music: Ecstasy by Smiling Cynic

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