Top Ten Tuesday (113): Heroines to Inspire Your Halloween Costume

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Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic was a freebie, so I chose

TOP TEN Heroines to Be for Halloween (becaUse of their outfits)

1. Otter from I Am Otter by Sam Garton: All you need is a box and some crayons.  And probably a Teddy to help you get double the candy.

2. Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien: Fancy dress or armor.  Or both?

3. Katniss from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: So many styles to choose from!

4. Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling: This could be very fun.

5. Princess Marigold from The Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale: Princess with a mask!

6. Lucy or Susan Pevensie from C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Again, so many different outfits to choose from, and you can go medieval-style!

7. September from Catherynne Valente’s Fairyland series: The combination of orange and green would make you look like a pumpkin and thus seasonally appropriate.

8. Fabulous lady superhero of your choice: Wonder Woman? Ms. Marvel? Thor?  The options are endless!

9. Princess Adrienne from Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin: Look!  It’s a female in appropriate armor!

10. Your favorite female Shakespeare character: I would wear my normal clothes and tell everyone that I was from a production set in the modern day.  It’s not cheating!

36 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (113): Heroines to Inspire Your Halloween Costume

    • Krysta says:

      I completely forgot about Loki, but I think in the comics he’s currently trying to reform, so he could work as a hero! (Yeah, my understanding of comics is limited to the new Ms. Marvel and the first volume of the new Thor.)

      Wow. So many tropes based on appearance. 😦

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          • jubilare says:

            Agreed, but understanding them allows us to play with them. Humans (unfortunately) loooove to categorize based on appearance, and that makes for excellent ammunition for writers, like me, who enjoy messing with people’s assumptions.

            Some thoughts:

            1. Some of the tropes, like “eerie pale-skinned brunette” are fairly neutral in terms of good or evil connotations.

            2. Sometimes these tropes (not all of them, but some of them) are useful for visual cues: and when used skillfully, can be fantastic. When used sloppily, of course, they’re disastrous, but that’s true of pretty much any trope.

            3. There are so many visual/appearance tropes that the subversions of them even tend to be tropes as well. Raven Hair-Ivory Skin, Blonds are Evil, etc. So the trick is to be aware that such tropes/assumptions exist in order to avoid using them carelessly.

            At least, that’s my perspective. But, again, I love playing with expectations in my writing, so… 😉


            • Krysta says:

              Oh, I agree. Tropes can be useful and the subversion of tropes can be, as well. One of the things I enjoy most about The Legend of Korra is (and I didn’t even think about this until I read an examination somewhere) is how it subverts the idea of the raven-haired, pale-skinned, beautiful girl as threat/bad. (Seriously, as soon as she showed up, I thought, she’s beautiful. She’s obviously up to no good and must be a threat to the other female here. And probably her dark hair was coded to make me think that, too, though I didn’t register that that was what I might have been thinking.) But you’re right that subversions of tropes can also become tropes…. (Sort of makes me thing of the Petrarchan sonnet, too, and how people eventually even got tired of both imitating and subverting it.)

              It seems there’s not much we can do to avoid tropes in the end, so knowing them and trying to be more conscious of how we use them seems to be the most responsible and the most interesting way to work with them.

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  1. Lois says:

    Eowyn is one of my favourite female characters so I would definitely go as her.Bellatrix and Katniss would also be a very fun Halloween costume. Great list 😀


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