Fashion can be perceived, felt and expressed in a variety of ways, yet it always comes down to the simple love of it! That said, it is also a world view and a way to live one’s life! In such a digital world in which we live, it can be hard at times to find the time and alternatives to be able to simply relax and unwind in the classical sense. So here in this article we are delighted to introduce a few novels that have a sense of style and unique fashion that can help you do exactly that!
Are you Alice?
This wonderful series was created by Ai Ninomiya and first published by “Ichijinsha Bunko Iris”. The story is inspired by the Lewis Carroll classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with many common characters throughout. Originally it was only released as audio “book” CD, in Japanese, yet as it grew in popularity they have since been adapted into a manga series as well.
A disillusioned young man in search of “something” stumbles into the weird and wacky world of Wonderland, where, as “Alice,” he is thrust into a murderous game of “Kill the White Rabbit” by command of the ruler of the land, the Queen of Hearts. But while Alice rails against the role that has been forced upon him, he has little choice but to comply. For in Wonderland, not sticking to the script can have deadly consequences…
The Secret Garden
This historical classic was first published in its complete form in 1911. Written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, who also wrote the 1886 classic Little Lord Fauntleroy which described the Fauntleroy in such detail that it created a fashion fad for formal dress for American children. Thus, we also highly recommend reading this as well!
Filled with several many major themes written in subtle subtext such as; life and death, religion and spirituality, positive and negative thinking etc., The Secret Garden can be thoroughly enjoyed by adults and children alike! With its suggestive, descriptive language and phrases it is easy to fall into this unique view of the world even despite it being written over a hundred years ago.
Mary Lennox is a very troubled, sickly, and unloved 10-year-old girl who was born in India to selfish, wealthy British parents who never wanted her and were too wrapped up in their own lives to love or care about her. She was taken care of primarily by servants, who pacified her as much as possible to keep her out of her parents’ way. Spoiled and selfish, she is aggressive, surly, rude, and obstinate. Later, there is a cholera epidemic which hits India and kills her parents and all the servants. She is discovered alone but alive after the house is empty. She briefly lives with an English clergyman and his family and is then sent to Yorkshire, England, to live with Archibald Craven, an uncle she has never met, at his home called Misselthwaite Manor.
GOSICK (derived from the word gothic) is a Japanese “light novel” series written by Kazuki Sakuraba and illustrated by Hinata Takeda. Comprised of 13 novels, the series is set in a fictional European country in 1924. Due to its “light novel” (young adult demographics) status it is easy and comfortable to binge-read the entire series! Since its inception the story has also been made into a manga, anime and audio CD format.
Gosick takes place in 1924 in a small, French-speaking fictional European country; which stretches in a strip from Switzerland, through the Alps between France and Italy, to the Mediterranean Sea. The country is called “Sauville” in the English translation of the light novels; it is called “Saubure” in the anime adaption. The story centers on Kazuya Kujo, the third son of a high-ranking officer of the Imperial Japanese Army, who is a transfer student to St. Marguerite Academy, where urban legends and horror stories are all the rage. There he meets Victorique, a mysterious yet beautiful and brilliant girl who never comes to class and spends her days reading the entire contents of the library or solving mysteries that even detectives cannot solve. The series mostly focuses on Kazuya and Victorique getting involved in different mystery cases and their struggle to solve them, at the same time forming important bonds with different people.
We hope you enjoyed our recommendations and that you have the opportunity to read and appreciate these delightful stories as much as we do!