Costume Porn

Costume porn is when the author spends too much time describing what the characters are wearing, sometimes even distracting from the plot. Why do we still read these books? Because it appeals to our inner desire to be a prince(ss).

Although I think there comes a time when the costumes are described too much,  where they begin to detract from the story itself. As much as I love them, many of the books listed below fall into the trap of costume porn.

Splintered by A.G. Howard

Alyssia was always changing clothes and since she gets most of them from vintage shops they’re pretty wild.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

As is usual with this book, it completely parodies the cliche by having Goldman, posing as the editor remove the costume porn from ‘the original.’

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Think of the opening ceremony and the fact that the costumes are literally on fire.

Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin 

Of course, in Game of Thrones if the character or their clothes get too much attention chances are they’ll be dead soon. Sorry.


 

The Featured Photo

Its a photograph of me in the Nutcracker, one of the ballets best known for elaborate costuming.

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Costume Porn

  1. You’re right about the Game of Thrones books, the only thing that gets more description than what the characters are wearing, are what they’re eating.

    Although somehow, it works. My wife isn’t a fan of fantasy, but she felt that the eye on fashion (and food) made the books more real to her, and helped her overcome her natural inclination not to like them.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Lol I love this post idea! I actually quite liked the Selection, and I feel like a lot of time was spent talking about their clothes but… that’s one of the few examples where I actually enjoyed it.

    But yeah, I feel like in contemporary books especially when they just mention what they’re wearing and it’s jeans and a t-shirt but they feel the need to describe it when it has no relevance. Just… why?

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s