I’m very excited to have Carolyn Crane author of Mind Games and Double Cross here at FVBR today giving us a little glimpse into the closets of our favorite characters from the Disillusionist series. Take it away Carolyn!
Disillusionist Fashion Week!
So, what exactly would characters from Mind Games and Double Cross wear? I know everybody has been losing tons of sleep wondering, so I have made these handy ensembles, courtesy of Polyvore, a site that sucks you in and makes you fiddle around with collages of clothes. OMG.
First up: Shelby! Shelby is part of the disillusionists, the psychological hit squad in the trilogy. She infuses people with her grimness. But she wears bright, clashing colors—clothes, as her friend Justine observes, “perpetually at war.” And let’s face it, black would be too obvious for Shelby. In this way, she is like a Venus flytrap, luring the unsuspecting victim with bright colors, only to convince them that happiness is an illusion.
Flamboyant Otto Sanchez is a little bit Zorro, a little bit Wild West. As police chief, and later mayor, he has a style of his own—in addition to those awesome force fields powers. The quote “I am the law” is actually from Judge Dredd, the comic book series, and part of the inspiration for Otto, who is judge, jury and jailer to the paranormal criminals of Midcity. Sorry Otto, those are actually girl boots. But, they seemed so right for you!
Mastermind Packard has all the coolest clothes for that casual badass urban fantasy hero look. While being trapped in that restaurant for eight years, he wore a lot of nice white shirts, but now that he’s out, it’s all flannel leather and jeans. Actually, the boots aren’t quite right for him either, a bit too Jean-Claude, but you guys, I could have easily spent ten hours putting these together and shopping for my characters. It’s insanely fun. Anyway, the quote is from book #1, Mind Games. Justine, Shelby and the rest of the psychological hit squad is totally under Packard’s control, one of the things Justine wishes she knew before she joined up. And yes, he wears bright blue underpants. Yeah baby!
Justine is a somewhat practical dresser, with a kind of tomboy-gone-girl style, as evidenced by those kickass velveteen boots which, okay, don’t exactly go with the dress, but hey, a little artistic license! Justine has developed quite the taste for pretty dresses; she couldn’t afford them when she worked at the dress shop, but as a disillusionist, she can afford anything. Too bad she’s a minion of Packard’s, doomed to go around as a fake nurse, psychologically attacking the weird criminals of Midcity. I could see her in that purple dress at one of the Mind Games cocktail parties. She doesn’t get to dress up much in Double Cross, but that will change with book #3, seeing as how there’s a wedding coming up!
Okay! There we have it! Character clothes! What do you think about these ensembles? Whose closet would you like to go shopping in? Do you have any suggestions for clothes or accessories that Otto, Packard, Justine or Shelby are missing?
Thanks so much for the fun post Carolyn! I love seeing how an author would dress up their characters. I personally think Packard could totally rock the Jean-Claude boots, and Otto is just cool enough to make the girl boots work. –FV
Carolyn would like to giveaway a copy of either Mind Games or Double Cross, your choice! To enter, answer Carolyn’s fashion questions from her post. Giveaway is limited to US and Canada and is open until October 14, winner announced soon after. I must be able to contact you via email if you win.
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