Originally Answered: I think im turning emo or goth what are the main differences?
They were two COMPLETElY DIFFERENT movements. I'll outline the basics for you. ((p.s., goth was around for about 20 years before our modern day emo subculture came into existance, for one.))
Goth - has been around since the 70s. A post punk movement, is started in Britain and most of it's members are adults. Several people who are professionals are or have been goths. Gothic rock is music like The Cure, Sisters of Mercy, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division, Alien Sex Fiend, and so on. These were the origional "black clads". Goth is not satanic, it is not depressed, self harm is not part of the gothic subculture. Goth likes to view things as melancholy, finding beauty in things most society doesn't even look at, or does not want to look at. There are goths anywhere from 12 years old (Baby Bats) to in their 50s and older (Elder Goths, who have been around since the beginning of the movement). Goth, like emo, started out as a music fandom and evolved into fashion and more things. However, Gothic music (NO MARILYN MANSON) and Emo music are COMPLETELY different.... AFI is not goth, MCR is not goth, HIM is about 1/2 goth (say this because about 55% of the fans are goth, but HIM is actually just love metal), and so on... you want to hear the difference? Look up music by Bauhaus, She's in Parties is a good one.... that should explain a lot without the use of any words on my part at all.
Emo - Emotional rock, came in as goth started dying out in the 90s. Emo is a subculture based around teenage angst for the most part, as well as drama, and rebellion. Emo music focuses on emotion, and on getting emotional responses. They took things from the gothic culture when it comes to their look, but there is alot more neon and more "scene" and normal things in the dress, more "rocker", than the goths. Emo music is bands such as Hawthorne Heights, and several emos like bands such as From First to Last (might look goth to the untrained eye, but they are screamo). It is a subculture based on emotional angst, depression, rebellion, and what not. Bisexuality is common (seeing how this is when tada! Hormones run high), and anything that looks "cool" is in. Art is not as common here as in the gothic community, depression is much MORE common, and this is a subculture TARGETED at a certain age group. Hot Topic is not a goth store, however, Emo is a subculture that typically loves and finds most of their clothing, music, and what not at this mass-production mall store. Tight pants, neon shirts, and tennis shoes and hair are really big here.
Gothic fashion as more variation.
Look up the goth lyfe emo episode, dude... or just RESEARCH the gothic movement, then research the emo movement. I think when you read up on them, the difference will be REMARKIBLY clear.