A literary take on fashion part 3

So happy with all the great feedback with these posts. You can see the first here, and the second one here.

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.

Weetzie Bat


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!

Charlie and the chocolate factory

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!


  • Weetzie Bat is one of my favorite books growing up! I love these series, looking forward to many more great posts. 

    • Eli

      My boyfriend calls our cat the Witch Baby 😀

  • kate à la mode

    Read both of those & loved them! Cool series – it’d be awesome to see an outfit pic or two inspired by some of the books. 🙂

    I’m currently reading Bossypants and it’s definitely making me laugh out loud (had to type that out, since no one thinks you *literally* lol when you type “LOL”). I recommend it!

    • Eli

      Oooh I’ve been wanting to read the Tina Fey book SOOOOOOOO bad! I have so many others waiting in line though, soon soon!

  • Jenny

    I’ve never read Weetzie bat but have heard so many good things about it. Thanks for reminding me to buy it!

    • Eli

      Check it out at the library!!

  • Robin Sue

    i read charlie and the chocolat factory when i was a kid, i loved that book! great choice!

  • Nnenna

    I’ve never heard of the first book but it sounds absolutely wacky and zany (in a good way!) haha 🙂  I love the book and movie of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- now I want to read it again.  Wow, that’s amazing that you’re already on your twentieth book this year!  I’m on a measly 4th book this year.  I’m trying to read more, but I should probably stop trying to read right before I go to bed when I”m already tired and only get through a few pages before I fall asleep!

    • Eli

      Weetzie bat is sooo short, like Goosebumps short – you could probably get through it in a day. It kind of helps that I work in two libraries 🙂 But I’m also constantly checking out books from the library through my phone on this app called Overdrive. It lets you check out all the ebooks your local public library has. I’m ALL about this. It even has a “due date” and just returns itself online by that date.

  • james

    I loveee Ronald Dahl!! I read almost all of his books as a child 🙂 And I super duper love these posts, so keep them coming Eli <3 Your review of Weetzie Bat has definitely peaked my intrest 🙂

    • Eli

      You should totally check it out, it’s soooo short you could read it in a day!

  • Weetzie Bat is not something I’ve ever heard of but you’ve definitely tempted me to go check it out!

    I’ve only read one book so far this year. It was almost two; I took The Night Circus out of the library, but didn’t manage to finish it before my two weeks were up. 

  • KHZ

    This is so cute, Eli! -Katie H-Z

    • Eli

      Thanks Katie!