I’m taking part in a fun blog event hosted by Great Imaginations today — their annual Blogger Trick or Treat! Prizes, Halloween fun and visiting new blogs — what’s not to love?
I LOVED Halloween as a kid. I loved the costumes but mostly I LOVED THE CANDY. My neighborhood had a lot of people who would give the king sized candy bars (JACKPOT) and I was always trading kids in my neighborhood for my FAVORITE non-candy bar candy — MILK DUDS. Anyone else love Milk Duds?? I always hated how they got stuck in my teeth but they were so worth it.
Now as an adult I just really love coming up with costumes. And every Halloween I try and get Will to dress up in a couples costume and every year he refuses me. So I decided, since my persuasive powers haven’t worked yet on Will, that I would create couples costumes for some of my favorite YA couples. (I’ve also come up with costumes based on books I’ve read!)
Allyson & Willem met in London and, in a moment of spontaneity, have 24 hours together in Paris. The story of two lost people who desperately needed to find themselves (and each other) is a personal favorite of mine.
I picked silent film stars for Allyson & Willem! If you’ve read Just One Day you know that the first REAL conversation they ever have, after he insults her breakfast on the train, is about who she looks like which ends up becoming her alter ego of sorts that gives her the courage to be someone else for the day which is the catalyst for EVERYTHING that happens next.
“You know who you look like? Louise Brooks.”
I stare at him blankly.
“You don’t know her? The silent film star?”
I shake my head. I never did get into silent films.
“She was a huge star in the nineteen twenties. American. Amazing actress.“
And then a few lines later:
“You look so much like her. I should just call you Louise.”
Louise. I like that.
“No, not Louise. Lulu. That was her nickname.”
Lulu. I like that even better.
He reaches out his hand. “Hi, Lulu, I’m Willem.”
And then a little bit later as she embarks on her adventure:
“And this is the truth, because I may only be eighteen, but it already seems pretty obvious that the world is divided into two groups: the doers and the watchers. The people things happen to and the rest of us, who just sort of plod on with things. The Lulus and the Allysons. It never occurred to me that by pretending to be Lulu, I might slip into that other column, even for just a day.”
In Wanderlove Bria and Rowan meet traveling in Central America and Bria drops her tour group to see the world a different way with Rowan and his sister.
I thought the cliched tacky tourists would be an ironic costume considering Rowan’s view on traveling and also because they met traveling and Bria was TOTALLY in a group like this before she meets him.
Eleanor & Park meet on the school bus, share some tunes which leads to MORE and pretty much just made my heart ACHE.
Okay I know. Why would I not go the music route considering this book? Because one of the lines I love SO MUCH relates to this. I kiiind of want it to be gender-swapped. Little inside joke between them?
“He pulled one of his arms out from under her and traced her outline against the couch. He could spend all day like this, running his hand down her ribs, into her waist, out to her hips and back again. If he had all day, he would. If she weren’t made of so many other miracles.
“You know?” he repeated. She smiled, so he kissed her. “You’re not the Han Solo in this relationship, you know.”
“I’m totally the Han Solo,” she whispered. It was good to hear her. It was good to remember it was Eleanor under all this new flesh.
“Well, I’m not the Princess Leia,” he said.
“Don’t get so hung up on gender roles,” Eleanor said.”
The actual end of that conversation ends like this so I guess maybe Boba Fett could work too:
“You can be Han Solo,” he said, kissing her throat. “And I’ll be Boba Fett. I’ll cross the sky for you.”
These two get thrown together being pretty much strangers and take a cross country road trip. What better way to get to know someone than some good tunes and the open road in front of you. Oh & Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour just exacerbated my own wanderlust/love.
Okay, I’m sorry but they met because of a cross country road trip and they absolutely have to be Google Maps because, besides good tunes, a map of some sort is essential.
Anna and St. Clair meet at their boarding school in Paris and made our hearts melt as they fell in love in Anna and the French Kiss.
*WARNING: Spoiler for Isla and the Happily Ever After*
The costume I picked for Anna & St. Clair, because obviously France & the pastries tie them together, is a French chef & a croquembouche. I had always seen pictures of these tiered desserts and never knew what they were. But apparently a lot of couples in France have one of these instead of a regular cake. Spoiler: And given the fact that at the end of Isla they get engaged SOMEBODY WILL BE NEEDING ONE OF THESE!
Tell me some of your favorite literary couples and what Halloween costumes you would dress them up in!