In which we celebrate some awesome YA Lit . . . stuff, from tattoos to tie tacks!
By REBECCA, June 1, 2012
As we all know, whenever a YA novel gets adapted into a move, tons of schlocky merchandise floods the market (*ahem* Twilight jeweled comb). Still, just because the powers that be market some ugly crap doesn’t mean that there aren’t some awesome tips of the hat to YA lit out there. Sometimes when I’m googling around for info on a review I’m writing I stumble upon just such random YA lit awesomeness that has no place in the review itself. So, rather than deprive you all of this bounty, here is a smattering of it for you to enjoy!
I love tattoos, and some of my own are admittedly nerdy—check out these amazing celebrations of YA lit.
I love it so much! Ramona Quimby tattoo, via bellabling.
Where the Wild Things Are tattoo, via The Word Made Flesh.
Chronicles of Narnia tattoo, via Minutest.
These ladies are artists—artists!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows manicure, via Nails by Asami.
FOOD (WELL, MOSTLY CAKE)
So, as some of you know, I also write for the wonderful online food magazine Good. Food. Stories. One of the things I write is a column called “Eating My Words,” in which I make up recipes for the food found in my favorite books. So, here my recipes from Hunger Games and Harry Potter.
As many of you know, I am in complete love with Andrew Smith‘s amazing novel, The Marbury Lens (see my review here). So, when I stumbled on Andrew Smith’s tweet of this cake, I just had to come and add it to the post immediately! It is one of the best things I’ve ever seen. I’m so ashamed that I didn’t think to make it first.
Vampire Diaries cake, via flikr user Wiggles Whoo.
A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary edition cake, via Fictional Food.
Some folks out there have created fabulous clothes and outfits based on YA characters/books—here are a few. Check back in the future for my favorite YA fashionistae!
Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series provides inspiration for these t-shirts, via Zazzle, and these frankly alarming shoes, for which I can find no source!
This one has a special place in my heart because I dressed up as Harriet for Halloween in college (I went with the red hooded sweatshirt from the book cover instead of the yellow raincoat—just saying, I’m a purist). Harriet the Spy outfit via Polyvore user katherinecginnaven.
Amazing Hunger Games shoes, via Etsy user Holly Grothues (they’re sold, folks).
Nancy Drew outfit via Polyvore user bramblewoodfashion.
If you were anything like me, Claudia’s lobster earings and red & turquoise leggings were a total fashion inspiration! Check out What Claudia Wore for more delightful dissections and disquisitions on Claudia’s fashion. Babysitters Club‘s Claudia Kishi collage via Refinery 29.
Francesca Lia Block’s Weetzie Bat has some of the best descriptions of clothes ever. Above, left, via Papermag, as part of a whole Weetzie-inspired photoshoot called Danger Angels. Above, right, via goatberries, remind me of the shoes that Cherokee Bat wears to stomp around when she plays music in Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys. Also check out this photoshoot at I Love Wildfox.
Ok, but I seriously want this Flowers in the Attic shirt. Image via No Good For Me.
The AURYN, from The Neverending Story, seems to have been pried off Atreyu’s cold, dead neck—ATREEEEYUUUUU!—via Etsy user Plumevine.
An entire brand was born of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Did you know there is a bronze statue of Ramona Quimby (indeed, a whole Beverly Clearly sculpture garden!) in Grant Park, Portland? Image via Flikr user Karathepirate.
An old favorite. Tessa, I want to play The Babysitters Club board game the next time you visit!
We’ve all seen these covers that got Twilight-ed, but I still can’t get over them. Image via A Muse Sings.
YA author BINGO! For the . . . most mature YA fans?
Goosebumps lunchbox, via Worth Point.
Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland tie tacks via Etsy user Altered Etc.
What’s your favorite piece of YA lit awesomeness?