Friday, February 8, 2019

LBC: Create A Coord Based On A Book

One of my favorite coord challenges is to create something around books and stories, it really gets my brain turning at the possibilities. There are so many good stories that inspire and have fun with that it's sometimes difficult to choose. So for this weeks Lolita Blog Carnival prompt we all take a whack at it. 

The book I choose is one that is dear to my heart and not the one I had initially put together an outfit for yesterday. (I am a day late to the prompt but I had made a totally different one, written out and everything, but my indecisiveness won the day.) I had to rewrite everything and pulled this one together. It was a little off as I had tried to bunch the sides to give it a bustle back drape, deciding against the idea in the end. The gate print was what brought about the whole change in the first place and I just couldn't drape it in a way to not loose the design.

The story that has a gate and death that has such importance, you ask? Why, it is Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost.

The story focuses on the Otis family, from America, who find the idea of a ghost ridiculous and barely take note of him. Throughout the story our poor Sir Simon De Canterville can't go about his own hauntings without this family mocking him or dismissing him, he really tries. Going from the 'simpler' faire that usually does the trick to transforming himself and really throwing down the gauntlet. But this is to no avail, the family is impossible and the youngest twins would make Fred and George Weasley proud with their antics against the ghost.

By the later half, thankfully, the daughter, Virginia Otis, takes pity on our favorite spectre and hears him out. The things that transpire does lead to the discovery of why Sir Simon is haunting his old home of Canterville Chase and the dreadful dealings that cursed him to remain. It all involves his lady wife and a riddle that he believes he has no way of solving for himself.

It's very short, very comical, and a little sad but a very good story. I think it was one of Oscar Wilde's first stories to be published if I remember correctly. I do recommend a read through and even watching all of the movies that were adapted from it, each with a slight spin on the story and timeframe in some cases (and one with Patrick Stewart!).

And that's the end of that for me but if you would like to read more from others you can check them out in the links below. There are so many books to choose from and build coordinates inspired by them and this is only but one.

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