Characters from Classical Literature You Shouldn't Dress as for Comic Con!

Dressing up in costumes has always been a huge part of Comic-Con, and this year attendees will dress as their favorite characters from movies, TV shows, comics, and even board games. But what about books? Where is the classic literature cosplay? Well, ease up there, you AP English-taking muck-about, there are very good reasons why people don't dress up as classic literature characters. SUCH AS—

 

Jay Gatsby, The Great Gatsby

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If you go dressed as the titular handsome, wealthy playboy from The Great Gatsby, all the Comic-Con goers will think you're the titular handsome, wealthy playboy from Iron Man. When your heart is just a heart and not a piece of machinery the Comic Con nerds will go INSANE.

 

Charles Darnay, A Tale of Two Cities

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If you go to Comic-Con dressed as, say, The Dark Knight Joker, you'll probably run into someone else in the exact same costume you're going to be bummed. But if you go to Comic-Con dressed as Charles Darnay and there ISN'T someone else in the exact same costume, you're going to the guillotine.

 

Hester Prynne, The Scarlett Letter

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It's hard enough for the guys at Comic Con to control themselves around girls dressed like Jean Grey. Dressing as Hester Prynne, a girl who is DISPLAYING that she's had sex, is like changing your OKCupid profile to "Replies often". You're just asking for trouble.

 

Finny, A Separate Peace

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The only thing you need to do to dress as Finny from A Separate Peace is wear a pink shirt and be handsome. Keep in mind, though, that if you do that, there will probably be plenty of con-goers who will see you and be jealous while ultimately not realizing their jealousy. Stay away from the second floor if you don't want to break your leg.

 

Moby Dick, Moby Dick

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If even ONE person at the con is dressed as Captain Ahab you are SO BONED.

 

Holden Caulfield, The Catcher in the Rye

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There's a huge debate today in the literature community as to whether or not Holden Caulfied remains a relatable figure or is, in retrospect, a whiny brat undeserving of our sympathies. You'll want to avoid this kind of contentiousness at Comic-Con, as all the con-goers are easy going, level-headed guys who don't want to have debates about fictional characters.

 

HEY, do you think Wolverine could beat The Hulk? Or, to put it another way, are you a TOTAL idiot? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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