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I understood cottagecore and some of the other “-core” aesthetics, although I don’t see the reason to add “-core” to the end of the word any more than I understand the overwhelming desire to add “-punk” to every subgenre of genre literature (e.g., cowpunk, weirdpunk, splatterpunk, steampunk, etc.).
But I am drawing the line at goblincore, cluttercore, and ravencore.
That’s just plain silly. And, in the case of ravencore, terribly defined. Ravens are not any more particular about being in or out of the city compared to crows, so implying they are somehow more nature-based than their counterparts is absurd. They are opportunists and won’t eschew city life because there’s not enough trees or wilderness.
What is it with today’s social convention of creating ever-tinier boxes by which someone needs to define themselves? That’d be like me claiming to be a “Smithian Goth” instead of a “Nephilim Goth”; the “Eskimo” goths were already pushing it too far, in my opinion. Goth encompassed a lot of different ideas and that was, frankly, preferable. At least compared to people constantly sub-dividing categories into ever smaller ones instead of saying: “I like to collect shiny things, stones and bones”.
And don’t get me started on some of the other trends in eternal social subdivisions out there these days….