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Posted on April 20, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

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This Thursday 23rd April is World Book Night. This is an annual celebration of reading where volunteers all over the UK hand out thousands of free books to people in their community. Unlike World Book Day, this is a more grown-up affair aimed at encouraging adults to read more.

So, which character will you choose to dress as? Here are our five favourite costumes for World Book Night…

 

1. The Wicked Witch of the West

Everyone thinks of the Wicked Witch of the West as being from The Wizard of Oz – which she was, originally –  but Wicked: The Live and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West was published in 1995, and has since been made into a hit musical. The trick to being recognised as the Wicked Witch of the West, as opposed to any other witch, is the green skin.

 

2. Darth Vader

We know the films are incredibly famous, but there is also a series of books and graphic novels – and one is named The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader. Only a real die-hard Star Wars fan will have read all the books though – but who could pass up a chance to be Darth Vader for the night?

 

3. Snow White

Before Walt Disney got his hands on her, Snow White was a well-loved story book character, originating from a German fairy tale. She first appeared in Grimm’s Fairy Tales in 1812 – however the dwarves were not given names until the story was made into a Broadway play in 1912, and then Disney gave them different names when they released their iconic cartoon of the story in 1937.

 

4. Captain Hook

Peter Pan’s archenemy might be best known for his representations on screen, but he originally came to life in the pages of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow up published in 1904. Hook is famously followed relentlessly by the crocodile who ate his hand (cut off by Peter Pan), but the ticking clock it has swallowed always alerts Hook to its presence. If you’re going to do this costume right, you should get a toy crocodile to “follow” you around.

5. Tinker Bell

As with Hook, Tinker Bell first came to lift as a character in JM Barrie’s Peter Pan book. In the book, it is explained that a fairy’s size prevents her from having one feeling at a time – and she is sometimes ill-tempered, spoilt, jealous and vindictive.

 

Whatever you are doing this World Book Night, make sure it involves a book!

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