TOP TEN TUESDAY: 10 literary Halloween costumes

Helllllllo readers, it’s Tuesday again, and it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday and it’s a Halloweeen Free Topic! *eeee* I adore Halloween although it wasn’t something that was really a big deal for me until I went to university. I remember going to Wilkinsons with the girls in my block and seeking out the cheapest dresses; then taking them back to the flat and chopping the sleeves off, making them way too short and customising them with blood and the like. Gah those were the days; this year I’m much more likely to be snuggled up by the television with a bowl of candy waiting for tiny trick or treaters to appear. Bless. For my topic I’m going to do my top ten literary Halloween characters to dress up as. Enjoy!

Bernadette, from Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Maybe not the most easily recognisable of bookish characters but if someone does recognise you might make a new bookish friend! To make this costume add some very large bug-eyes shades, wrap a scarf around you head and wear a fisherman’s vest. Add a map or two, act as offish as you can towards Seattle and you’re there.

Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web

This links a little more with the more stereotypical Halloween characters but Charlotte is a wonderful character to go trick or treating as. A suitably black costume – (skirt, vest, cardi) and then using grey glitter glue/pen cover the skirt with silver webs. Add webs drawn around the eyes using kohl pencil and you’re there. Carry around a plush pink pig for bonus points.

Hester Prynne, from The Scarlet Letter

This addition is for those that have left their costume making time a little to the last minute and are stressing a little. Pop into your local charity shop and find a loose dress something as old fashioned – think colonial.  They find some red material and cut out a giant red A and attack it to your chest. Da-da.

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Miss Havisham, from Great Expectations

I’m still not sure why I haven’t done this one yet but all it really needs is a used wedding dress – once again think charity shops, and second hand stores. Cut rips into it, rub a little dirt in and pile your messy hair all over your head. Wear a forlorn expression for the entirety of the night and yell about Compeyson as much as you like. Stunning.

Lady Macbeth from Macbeth

Another one that I’ve thought of doing but this is pretty simple. Find a long flowy black lace dress, and pop your hair up into a knotted bun – add a crown if you and stain your hands with fake blood. Wander around aimlessly scrubbing at your hands proclaiming Out Damned Spot. Easy peasy.

 

The Fish from Dr. Seuss’s One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

This one works best as a group costume which is always pretty awesome. Find simple t-shirts and tutu’s easily found on le internet in the colours yellow, green, red and blue. Either write or cut out and sew on the letters to spell out the names and you’re good to go. 

Lisbeth Salander from Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series

One for those that had a bit of a goth/emo/punk era during their lives. Leather jacket, ripped, jeans, dark hair and lots of eyeliner and you’re pretty much good to go.

Princess Elizabeth from Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko’s The Paper Bag Princess

Another super simple outfit: all you need is a paper bag to cut arm holes out of, a crown and a cuddly dragon!

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Fred and George Weasley

The last two I’ve given into the pressure of needing some HP based characters. For Fred and George, red hair sprayed hair, black jeans, white shirt, black jumpers and tie and then anything that will substitute as a wand really and you’re there.

 The Golden Snitch

Finally, maybe my favourite of all the costumes the golden snitch. Wear a golden sparkly dress and find some golden material which you can cut into snitch style wings and attack to your arms. Could also attach a wrap around the middle that states I open at the close if you’re really going for it.

There you go, ten bookish literary inspired Halloween costumes. Were they any you would add? Are you a Halloween lover or loather? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters you just didn’t click with

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Hiiii fellow bookworms/reader-holics/word-adorers, all of you are welcome to this lovely little post on a Tuesday morning even if I do say so myself. It’s Tuesday which means it is time for a new TTT post from the brilliant bookish blog, ‘The Broke and the Bookish.’ If you haven’t seen this blog you’re missing out so go and have a nosy.

Before we begin I just want to state, I’ve picked some characters I just dislike because I wanted to rant about characters you’re meant to pretty much abhor; some are characters are ones I didn’t click with so there’s a mixture, to mix it up a bit so to speak.

1) Tom Buchanan from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I was going to include Daisy but something in me just can’t do it; despite her being pretty insufferable. Tom Buchanan is both a racist and a misogynist, but somehow he manages to steal Daisy, get away with his affair and the death of Myrtle and he is an utter ass. Ergh.

2) Bernadette from Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
I never really mentioned this in my review at the time but Bernadette really antagonised me as a reader. Unable to put her child’s well-being first and traipsing off in the hope that they would fulfil her selfish dreams despite her daughter’s education, her relationship with her father and friends being torn apart, I thought she was brutish and exhausting.

3) O’Brien (& Big Brother) from 1984 by George Orwell
Part of a false flag resistance movement whose goal is to find thought-criminals, lure them in arrest and “cure” them, I hated O’Brien and what he ultimately did to Winston; but then I guess, there wouldn’t be a tale to tell. *STILL SEETHS WITH ANGER*

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4) Cassandra from I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Okay, this one fits more with the brief but exhausting, a little wimpish and a character that had no guts I found Cassandra difficult to relate to. It’s a shame because I never made through to the end but this character really didn’t connect with me at all.

5) Anastacia Steele from The 50 Shades of Grey series by E L James
Won’t come as a surprise but Anastacia was difficult to connect to; she’s so frail and tolerating of the foreboding Chrisitian. For anyone that has read the books this is a little self explanatory.

6) Helen from The Summer of Secrets by Sarah Jasmon
A recent read from me, but a character I found difficult relate to; she’s too condescending and lacks the ability to change and that ultimately destroys the lives of the ones around her. It’s a times a difficult read.

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7) Gemma from from Tell Me No Lies by Malorie Blackman
Another recent read from an author I loved as a teenage reader (who didn’t love the Noughts and Crosses series?) I struggled with Gemma because bullying is something that can be so utterly detrimental and yet it seemed to be Gemma’s own desire to be left alone. It jarred that she could want to be invisible and cause such a negative effect on someone else’s life.

8) Una and Liam from Every Single Minute by Hugo Hamilton
I really didn’t know whether to include this one but both characters I ultimately found tough to relate to. Their relationship jarred with one another and I found it difficult to connect at all unfortunately

9) Bella Swan and Edward Cullen from The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

I haven’t read a lot of the Twilight series (barely anything) but what I did read I thought was, hmm, awful? These two and their obsessive, unhealthy, manipulative relationship had me scowling.

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10) Hamlet from Hamlet by William Shakespeare

This might be an unpopular opinion but I struggled with Hamlet. There are so many different sides to him as a character I was never quite sure where I stood. It’s not that I didn’t click with him I just never quite understood him enough to get that  click, I guess.

Ahh, the joys of not clicking with a character; who would make your list? Would there be more males or females? Is there anyone you love on my list? Let me know in le comments below!