October 31, 2014

A YA Costume Party

You are cordially invited to a bookish costume party.
The only requirement (besides RSVPing): dress up as a character from Young Adult fiction.
So who do you dress up as?

Costumes for the Girls

This is my personal favorite: Tris from the Divergent trilogy. I actually dressed up as her for a costume party at my co-op last spring. All you need are black clothes and Tris's famous tattoo on her collarbone. I also wore my hair in a ponytail and, when I posed for pictures at home, I held a knife.

But what if you're not blonde enough to be Tris? Well, you could create a costume based on Linh Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles. You could mimic her ballgown or her mechanic's wear. Don't forget the cyborg hand and leg, which you can create with body paint!

Looking for a group costume? Then look no further than the 4 Gallagher Girls: Cammie, Bex, Liz, and Macey. All you need is the Gallagher uniform. My friend actually went as Cammie to the same costume party I went as Tris to, so there are Divergent meets Gallagher Girls pictures.

For more YA fantasy suggestions, how about Celaena or Nehemia from Throne of Glass, or Kestrel from The Winner's Curse? I actually considered Kestrel when I was brainstorming costume ideas for that party last spring.

Or, if you're looking for an excuse to wear a hooded cape, you definitely need to go as Scarlet from A.C. Gaughen's Scarlet and Lady Thief.

One costume I'd love to see at this fictional party is Alyssa from the Splintered trilogy. You could mimic her Wonderland look or create something based on what she wears in our world.

Which leads me to...

Costumes for the Guys

One of the coolest costumes for guys at this party would have to be Morpheus from the Splintered trilogy. Imagine how elaborate and amazing a Morpheus costume would be.

But for a guy who prefers something simpler, he can throw together a Percy Jackson costume. All you'd need is an orange Camp Half-Blood T-shirt, jeans, sneakers, and a sword.

Or how about Peeta from The Hunger Games? I'm not entirely sure how you'd pull this one off, but I'd like to see someone try.

Maybe you want to dress up as Morpheus, but the costume would be just a little too complex. How about the Darkling from the Grisha trilogy? Just as dark and mysterious, but simpler to put together as a costume.

And my last suggestion, for a guy who wants a fairly simple costume, has crazy hair, and is super tall... Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door.

All right, so which character would you dress up as? Do you think people would easily recognize you were said character? Let's discuss and have fun with this topic. :)

3 comments:

  1. For an easy costume, I'd go as Katniss. She'd be pretty simple- dark clothes, Mockingjay pin (if possible), bow and arrow (if possible), and of course her signature braid.
    For something a little more complex, I'd go as a Mistborn from The Mistborn trilogy (not any particular Mistborn, though). It would also be fairly simple: dark clothes (somewhat medievalish-looking) and a Mistcloak, which I'd have to make but would be fairly simple- all you need is a capelet with long strips of fabric hanging down where the rest of the cape would normally be. Awesome fantasy geeks would recognize me. Others (particularly those intimidated by big books) might not.
    My final idea would be to go as Una, Leta, or Starflower, all of whom are from Tales of Goldstone Wood. No one would recognize me, most likely, but they'd all be fun to dress up as.

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  2. Kestrel would be a fun one! And Celaena was on my list, but I didn't even think of Nehemia! How amazing would that be? If you have a willing husband/boyfriend you could do a couples costume. Chaol and Celaena anyone??

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  3. My brother was Jason Grace last year, and he looked fantastic. I would love love love to be an Invierno from the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy. I've been looking for a nice Godstone for over a year now. But yesterday I was a Silvan Elf, and I think it turned out really well.

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