A Brief Introduction to FAERIEPUNK

What is it NOT?

"Ow! It bit me!"
"What'd you expect faeries to do?"
"I thought they did nice things...like granting wishes."
"Heh. Shows what you know, don't it." -- Sarah and Hoggle in Jim Henson's Labyrinth

anything you want it to be.

There's a hell of a lot of room for diversity and self-expression in faeriepunk, which is good, but it rests on two main things: a belief in/respect for/appreciation of the fae, and a belief in/appreciation of magic and glamour. These two elements are needed for something to be considered faeriepunk. If you don't have those, you might be punk of some flavour, but you ain't faeriepunk.


Faeriepunk is flat-out left-wing, if you'll excuse the pun. You cannot impinge on someone else's rights or think of anyone else as less-than and be faeriepunk. You cannot be pro-corporatism or pro-establishment and be faeriepunk. You cannot be fascist or sympathetic to fascist ideologies and be faeriepunk. End of story.

about comfort.

Magic is not comfortable. Magic is beautiful, and fascinating, and horrifying, and enchanting, but it is not comfortable. If you want comfort and coziness and gentleness with wings, maybe try fairycore instead. You can certainly find comfort in faeriepunk, as anyone can find comfort in anything, really, but it's so very not about joining hands and singing kubiando around the campfire. Save that shit for the kiddie books; magic is about wildness. Glamour does not politely knock, it barges right the hell in.

a webclique.

I'm not wholly sure where people are getting this idea from -- faeriepunk (or this site) isn't a webclique, it's a movement! If you're looking for a webclique to join, try Aromatic?

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