We pause Anne’s Favorite Toy challenge to give you this month’s T3 offering: Fear Factor (or a book that gives/gave you the chills).
It’s been over a year since I’ve read Jeyn Roberts’ Dark Inside and what I remember the most is that it terrified the bejeesus out of me.
You can certainly read the Amazon blurb and a few of the reviews because they’re far more articulate than I, especially since my current memory of the book is vague and visceral. What I shall do for you instead is document the thought processes that elicited this outfit.
I chose unrelieved black, natch, to represent the darkness, present both in the title and the themes of the book. I deliberately opted for this particular cardi because, in the story, the evil that arises from within the characters is subtle and gradual and not overwhelming all at once, and the sheer net sleeves of the cardi is a representation of that.
I also like juxtaposing the schoolmarm-y vibe of the dress with vampy leopard shoes to symbolize the duality of many of the characters. It’s one of the reasons I was so riveted – you never knew whether someone into whom you’d just invested a lot of your time and feels was going to become a murdering psychopath and kill another someone into whom you’d also just invested a lot of your time and feels.
Finally, I want to point out that this ensemble is actually very mild, cosplay-wise, compared to my previous T3 iterations. That is, I can very well see myself wearing this as an everyday outfit without the onus of being book-inspired. And this very fact ties in with the numero uno reason Dark Inside terrified me: the book describes in great detail how something so ordinary could end up leading to something extraordinarily horrific. It made me fear the ordinary and made me suspicious of people for weeks afterwards.
Read the book and you’ll see what I mean.
And now it’s your turn: any scary books you’d like to share with the class? Click on the blue froggy and tell all!
:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – Libertine for Target
Cardi – Zac Posen for Target
Pumps – Merona @ Target