I see fan clubs made based on authors and even people dressing up as characters from books and movies... why is this? Do they love the book so much they want to embody it or is it simply the bandwagon syndrome?
I'm not personally the dress up like your favorite literary character kinda gal, unless of course it's for some sort of special occasion. But I've been considered an obsessive reader by some. I've read books that literally as I breathed out after reading the last word, I've wanted to breathe in and start all over again. Fantasy is addictive for some. Maybe that's it? I'm a little in agreement with Trish_M - maybe it's a way to continue the magic that you experienced while reading the book.
What's wrong with dressing up like characters from books you love? I wore a Renaissance dress to church when our Sunday School class started a lesson series on Christian illustrations and symbolism in Chronicles of Narnia... would you call that obsessive? lol
I like dressing up personally, and I look for excuses to do it.
Recently I went to the Harry Potter Premier (Midnight showing). My sisters thought I was crazy for doing this and I didn't understand why until I got there. Only about a quarter of the people there were in "normal" clothes!! In fact, the guy in front of me was dressed like Professor Lupin, complete with the powder in his hair and a replica wand. I never understood the need to dress up like the characters or how that meant you were somehow more connected to the book than those of us that just showed up.
It also seems to be more frequent in fantasy books or movies; I didn't see anyone wearing 1940s dresses in line to see the Notebook.
The same reason people dress up for Halloween..? They like to use their imagination and have fun with something that doesn't deal with their personal daily stresses. Though I do find it a bit odd, but really, the only difference from dressing up on Halloween is...well..Halloween's not the only day they dress up.
Where's the harm in people having fun, as they see it?
I suppose there are worse things people could be doing. Sometimes I see pictures of people who have dressed up as characters and I am just amazed at their creativeness. But to answer your question I think it's just a hobby and a passion perhaps the same way I would feel about writing or painting they feel about cosplay. It's almost an art in itself, sort of like acting in a play.
Many times we hear people say that they loved a book so much that they simply could not put it down ~ yet they never wanted it to end. Perhaps this is a way of keeping the enjoyment going.
I have never actually done any dressing up because of a specific book, but if the right one came along, I think I might. It sounds fun! And I'll take any excuse to dress up. Maybe it's the actress in me.
Why do people feel the need to pathologize play, fandom and whimsy? It's a way to have fun, that's all.
I must agree with the majority of responses here. As long as it doesn't take over your life, what's the harm? Should'nt we be happy when people are excited to be reading? There is so much misery in the world, how wonderful that these people are having fun.
I like to read murder mysteries but I do not feel inclined to go and kill somebody...
by Ponx 8 years ago
Just curious to know . Me as nothing!
by Shari 6 years ago
What are you dressing up as this Halloween?
by hinckles koma 8 years ago
Are you dressing up your pet for Halloween? If yes than who? and why? My cat is a ballerina. Truth is i still didn't buy it. shhhhh!
by theswankylady 7 years ago
What age should you stop dressing up for Halloween?
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It's a month away today, what are you dressing up as for Halloween?
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What are you doing for Halloween?
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