The first book here is Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block. Which may be one of the strangest, shortest, most different books I’ve ever read in my life. Sometimes when you read book after book, they all kind of seem the same. This book is absolutely not like any other book you’ve read. There is no fluff in the story line, it gets to point, and leaves you wanting more. Weetzie Bat is a book about a daydreamer hippie who marches to the beat of her own drum, with her best friend Dirk by her side. She finds a genie lamp that gives her wishes, and she gets what she wants, but learns that even with her wishes fulfilled, there’s so much more to life. When her dream man, My Secret Agent Lover Man, comes into her life, so does the desire for a baby. The whole baby situation turns everything upside down and upside again, and the book becomes a little rollercoaster that is life in a short 88 pages (luckily there are more books in the series to answer all those questions you’re left with). Weetzie Bat’s style is part Los Angeles bubblegum, part Riot Grrrrl, and a little glam.
The next book I chose could easily be a classic – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. I’ll admit here that I saw both the old and new movies of this book before I ever read the book (ooof! Why did no one make me read this as a kid?!?). BUT I will say that, you know those moments where people tell you the book was better than the movie? If there was ever a moment to say that, it is for this book! Charlie and the Chocolate factory is one of the most hilarious books I have ever read in my life. And if you have not read it already, find it now! Granted some of the elements I have added here crossover from the movie, like Veruca Salt’s dress 🙂 I added a bucket bag: get it? Charlie Bucket!
And that is this week’s installment of books into fashion. Please tell me you understand the references!
Let me know if you’ve read these before and what you thought, or tell me what you’re currently reading. I personally, am unbelievably on my 20th book of 2012!