I thought to use my freebie T3 month by talking about childhood reads but then I remembered a post a long, long time ago that did just that.
Meh. I hate when I’m derivative of myself.
Then ASB deemed today Neon Day and I thought – follow me here – neon was big in the 80s, and I was an adolescent in the 80s, and my taste in books took a decidedly interesting turn as an adolescent, and couldn’t I just do a synergistic melding of both T3 and Spirit Week and post about books I read as an adolescent that somehow manage to incorporate the intent if not the aesthetic of neon?
Yeah. I thought all that.
So first, the books. Thanks to the wonderful librarian at the middle school (whose name and face escape me but whose kindness to an awkward, nerdy, FOBby tween will never be forgotten), I cut my fantasy teeth on Katherine Kurtz’s Deryni series, Anne McCaffrey’s world of Pern, and of course, the bible of all fantasy worlds – even beyond Tolkein, in my humble opinion – David Eddings’ Belgariad.
But all these titles are grand and sweeping and profound; being paired with something as kitschy as neon is just way too incongruous, even for me.
Piers Anthony, however, is another story. If you have not experienced the pure puniness that is Anthony’s Xanth series, you are missing out, my friends. I mean, anyone who creates a magical world and names it after himself (Piers Anthony – S’Anthony – Xanth – get it?) has got to be all sorts of quirky cool, right?
Was what I’d initially written. Then I stumbled upon this gem of an article and decided to backpedal. A LOT.
So don’t read Xanth. But note that the books do incorporate an obscene amount of puns that appealed to my puerile adolescent self.
Speaking of puerile…Of all the fashion trends of the 80s, nothing was as garish and obnoxious as neon, especially highlighter yellow. And are you really all that surprised that I actually own highlighter yellow items – top and bottom?
And now that I’ve rewritten and revised and reviewed the copy for this post more times than I care to admit, I end it gracelessly and clumsily because shut up.
Your turn, my friends. Got any lit-inspired outfits for us this week? Do link and tell…
:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Kohl’s
Vest – Mossimo
Scarf – eBay
Skinnies – Mossimo
Booties – F21
:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
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