Friday, November 15, 2013

lolita blog carnival: book inspired coordinations

This week's Lolita Blog Carnival is based around creating coordinates from books. I was quite looking forward to this prompt, because even though I don't read very often, when I do read I get very into the book. But as the week went by, I was having trouble coming up with a book that I could easily incorporate lolita coordinates into. Eventually, I just decided to go with my gut instinct, and use my favourite book: American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

Neil Gaiman is my favourite author, and I've read everything that he's written, but American Gods really hit a chord for me. I remember picking up this book at Barnes and Nobles when I was 14, reading the back, and immediately falling in love with the mythological elements of the plotline. The book revolves around traditional gods of old mythos (from Norse, Egyptian, Celtic mythologies, among many others) versus modern "gods" such as technology, drugs, media, and things of that nature.

There's sex, violence, and an overall very dark feeling to the book; it's not something particularly feminine or easy to translate into lolita fashion. But I did it anyway!

Zorya Polunochnaya
blouse: alice and the pirates
jumperskirt: metamorphose
tights and shoes: offbrand

Her hair was pale and colorless in the moon's thin light. She wore a white cotton nightgown, with a high lace neck and a hem that swept the ground. Shadow sat up, entirely awake. "You are Zorya Polu ...," he hesitated. "The sister who was asleep."

The Zoryas are from Slavic mythology, and they were two guardians who watch over the doomsday hound to ensure that he doesn't devour the constellations and end the universe. In mythology, there were only two sisters, Zorya Utrennyaya (the morning star) and Zorya Vechernyaya (the evening star), but Gaiman created a third sister, called Zorya Polunochnaya, the midnight star.

blouse: vintage
skirt: angelic pretty
socks: angelic pretty
shoes: baby the stars shine bright

She was—not fat, no, far from fat: what she was, a word that Shadow had never had cause to use until now, was curvaceous. Her hair was so fair that it was white, the kind of platinum-blonde tresses that should have belonged to a long-dead movie starlet, her lips were painted crimson, and she looked to be somewhere between twenty-five and fifty.

Eostre is a Germanic pagan goddess, as well as being the namesake for the Christian festival of Easter. She is associated with spring and fertility, and although she was only in American Gods for a few pages, I always thought she was a very interesting character!

Laura Moon
shoes, tights, necklace: offbrand
one piece: innocent world

Shadow could smell—or perhaps, he thought, he simply imagined that he smelled—an odor of rot, of flowers and preservatives. His wife—his ex-wife... no, he corrected himself, his late wife—sat on the bed and stared at him, unblinking.

Laura is the wife of Shadow (the main character) who dies very early on in the story. However, she doesn't stay underground for long, and is a character who pops up for the rest of the novel, in varying states of decay. She's described as having a floral scent more than once (from the funeral parlour!) so I tried to represent that with a greenish floral print, because shades of green like that remind me of death.

What is the Lolita Blog Carnival?

I am a part of a group of lolita bloggers, called the Lolita Blog Carnival who all get together to decide on a blog topic and then all post on that topic on a set date.  Check out what other bloggers have to say about this topic!

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