Whatever the origins of Halloween, the modern holiday has a lot in common with reading fiction.
The Halloween ideal is to dress up as something you’re not, to try on a character you think it would be fun to be. Pirate, monster, famous historical figure, movie star—they’re all people (or creatures) you don’t want to be—or can’t be—in real life, or forever, but just for a few hours or a day.
Reading fiction is the same way, only better, because we’re not limited to one time a year. Want to know what it’s like to be a grim reaper, demon hunter, or a goddess? Pick up a novel, and dive into their existence.
Halloween costumes are hard. I really admire the creativity of people like Jody Wallace, who made her husband’s blue screen of death one year and made herself a perfect Mary Poppins another. That is so not me. But I love when costumes and fiction come together. I helped my daughter dress as Tonks one year (an auror, or dark wizard catcher, in the Harry Potter series) and a female version of Castiel another (an angel from the TV show Supernatural). So Halloween lets us go one step further in becoming those fictional characters we like to try on.
Halloween lets people “hide” behind a mask and do things they wouldn’t normally do. Hit on a hot guy at a party. Dance on the table. Hustle pool. Walk up and down the street demanding free candy! That’s why I love writing and reading fiction, too. I get to be a totally kick-ass heroine, and visit movie sets, and use the powers of a goddess to help people or defend my loved ones. And hit on hot guys at parties. Though the free candy is scarce.
If you could dress up as anyone, without limits, and do anything for one night, what would it be?
Natalie J. Damschroder's latest and upcoming releases:
Behind the Scenes October 31, 2011
Carina Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible
Under the Moon November 1, 2011
Fight or Flight Out now!
You can learn more about Natalie and her books at her website, eHarlequin, Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook. She blogs with four other obsessed passionate Supernatural fans at Supernatural Sisters, with a number of fantastic romance authors at Everybody Needs a Little Romance, and just to hear herself talk at Indulge Yourself.
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