The Masque of the Red Death, the new young adult novel from Bethany Griffin.
I went into reading this one not knowing anything about it. The cover seemed cool and I knew about the original Edgar Allan Poe story that this book "retells" so I decided to give it a try. Wow, this was a lot different than I expected. It was dark, dreary, gothic, a little disgusting but very intriguing.
The world building in this novel is what sets it apart from other steampunk / dystopian novels. It is rich, both beautiful and grotesque all at the same time. So why did I decide to do a photo for it? Well, the people in the novel must wear masks to keep them from contracting an airborne disease. A photo of a beautiful girl wearing a creepy mask? I'M TOTALLY DOWN WITH THAT SHIZ.
This photo was a team effort, a whole Family bonding experience. First I had many consultations with my Dad who happens to be a surgeon about types of airborne diseases and the masks people would wear to prevent contamination. This was then followed by another consultation where he borrowed several different types of masks doctors or patients wear in the operating room and he gave me a walk through with each one. The variety of masks he provided was amazing, and also a little bit creepy.
Next, I knew I was headed out to San Francisco for my younger sister's graduation and I thought, "Hey, she has the prettiest green eyes, she can totally play Araby!" (Araby is the main girl in the story, by the way.) So after a little coaxing I got my sister on board and we were good to go.
There were two key elements to this photo I had to make sure I included. One was the mask and after several shots with all the others, I concluded that this was the best one photographically. The second key element was the eye makeup.
Glittery eye makeup makes several appearances in this novel, so it came across to me as something important to the author and therefore should be included in the photo. All we did for makeup was buy some cheapy drugstore glitter, swipe on some mascara and a little black liner and we were good to go.
Now, in the book Araby has dark hair that she has dyed purple, hence the purple hair in this photo. Originally I liked the version of the photo without purple hair but after sitting with it for a few days, I decided that the purple hair version is more true to the story. The non-purple hair version is great (in my humble opinion) but I think those who have read this book will appreciate the purple haired version a lot more.
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