sylvia plath costume

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“Dead Poets Society featured readings of famous dead poets at Richard Hugo House

On April 9 2009, in celebration of National Poetry Month, Richard Hugo House presented Dead Poets Society, featuring readings of famous dead poets Charles Bukowski, T.S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Gertrude Stein by local poets.

From left: Storme Webber as Langston Hughes, Brian McGuigan as Charles Bukowski, Jeremy Richards as T.S. Eliot, Felicia Gonzalez as Gertrude Stein, and Kate Lebo as Sylvia Plath.”

Please be so kind...

And stop writing me messages about how you want to unfollow my blog, because I’m posting “these horrible” Sylvia Plath costumes. And how sick it is and how I don’t have any respect for Sylvia Plath… blah blah blah…

If you feel the need to judge, not to read my introduction to the Halloween-week, I have been having for the past three years, where I’m explaining how I feel about these costumes and why I’m posting them, but condemn my postings anyway, feel free to do so. But you don’t need to tell me this. Besides, these postings are meant to polarize.

However, I have to admit, a few years ago, when I was younger and very new to the Sylvia Plath blog culture, I used to react exactly the same way (only I didn’t write anyone and rebuke their postings), when I saw these Halloween costumes for the first time.

Nowadays, I think we don’t need to take them too seriously. I don’t necessarily think that people are mocking Sylvia Plath, suicide or mental illness. At least I hope they don’t.

I think these costumes are just a part of the Sylvia Plath pop culture and the fact that there are so many pictures of so many Halloween parties, private and public, targeted for young and older audiences, just shows how much people want to dress up as Sylvia Plath for Halloween and maybe they don’t know how to dress really Sylvia Plath-like and recognizable without the oven. (If you keep following till Halloween, you’ll see two costume ideas that don’t involve the oven).

Apparently “Dead Celebrities Parties” are very popular in the US, not only for Halloween. The pictures are posted everywhere on the Internet, but I have never seen anyone scream how disrespectful these costumes are anywhere else, only here. I have never seen anyone condemn Virginia Woolf costumes (with rocks in her pockets) either. Nor have I seen anyone judging the Gilmore Girls comment made in front of the oven: “Hey, did anyone ever think Sylvia Plath wasn’t crazy, maybe she was just cold?”.

I think we just need to relax. Like or not like. Live and let live. And certainly not kill the messenger (me). If you really want to be repulsed and cuss somebody, why not write to the person who put the cardboard oven on their head? I always provide the sources!

P.S.: I consider it far worse to post and reblog pictures, quotes etc. without proper/wrong sources, credit or without any research. Or that picture of Barbara Laage claiming that this is Sylvia Plath reading or “Every woman adores a Fascist, The boot in the face, the brute” for the millionth time, whithout even thinking what it really means! Or how about calling Ted Hughes a jerk or Frieda a nasty woman? Now, that I call tasteless and disrespectful!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN Sylvia Plath!
Halloween is here and as every year I’m going to post a few Sylvia Plath inspired Halloween costumes (yes, I’m prepared for every-year’s major hate and people unfollowing because of the cardboard oven)!

If you want to take a look at previous years’ costumes, click here!

Footnote:

If you’ve been following this blog for a longer time, you probably know that I haven’t been the biggest fan of the oven costumes, because I have always felt they are kind of mocking (the) suicide (of a very unhappy woman), but maybe I’ve been too hard on that topic? Maybe people are just dressing up as dead Sylvia Plath because it’s Halloween and it seems like a creepy and very effective costume? Maybe people are just attending some “Dead Poets” themed parties? Maybe they mean no harm?

So, I decided to believe that people are only having the best intentions while “sticking their head in the oven” for Halloween! :)

Have fun, enjoy and get inspired! :)

P.S.: Please save yourself the time and do not write me messages about how you want to unfollow my blog, because I’m posting “these horrible” Sylvia Plath costumes. And how sick it is and how I don’t have any respect for Sylvia Plath… blah blah blah…

If you feel the need to judge and condemn my postings anyway, feel free to do so. But you don’t need to tell me that. Besides, these postings are meant to polarize.

However, I have to admit that a few years ago when I was younger and very new to the Sylvia Plath (blog) culture, I used to react exactly the same way (only I didn’t write anyone and rebuke their postings), when I saw these Halloween costumes for the first time.

Nowadays, I think we don’t need to take them too seriously. I don’t necessarily think that people are mocking Sylvia Plath, suicide or mental illness. At least I hope they aren’t.

I think these costumes are just part of the Sylvia Plath popular culture (and popular culture is what this tumblr in large part is about) and the fact that there are so many pictures of so many Halloween parties, private and public, targeted for young and older audiences, just shows how much people want to dress up as Sylvia Plath for Halloween and maybe they don’t know how to dress really Sylvia Plath-like and recognizable without the oven. In fact, there will be also two costume ideas that completely leave out the oven element!

Apparently “Dead Celebrities Parties” are very popular in the US, not only for Halloween. The pictures are posted everywhere on the Internet, but I have never seen anyone scream how disrespectful these costumes are anywhere else, only here. I have never seen anyone condemn Virginia Woolf costumes (with rocks in her pockets) either. Nor have I seen anyone judging the Gilmore Girls comment made in front of the oven: “Hey, did anyone ever think Sylvia Plath wasn’t crazy, maybe she was just cold?”.

I think we just need to relax. Like or not like. Live and let live. And certainly not kill the messenger (me). If you really want to be repulsed and cuss somebody, why not write to the person who put the cardboard oven on their head? I always provide the sources!

P.S.: I consider it far worse to post and reblog pictures, quotes etc. with wrong sources or without any credit or research. Or that picture of Barbara Laage claiming that it shows Sylvia Plath or the quote by Porphyria R’lyeh: “Girls are not machines that you put kindness coins into until sex falls out.” and labelling it Sylvia Plath! Or how about calling Ted Hughes a jerk or Frieda a nasty woman? Now, that I call tasteless and disrespectful!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, Sylvia Plath!

It’s that time of the year again and Halloween is around the corner and I thought to myself, since it went pretty well in the past, why not posting some Sylvia Plath Halloween costumes again?

If you wanna take a look at previous years’ costumes, click here!

Footnote:

If you’ve been following this blog for a longer time, you probably know that I’m not the biggest fan of these costumes, because I always felt they are kinda mocking (the) suicide (of a very unhappy woman), but maybe I’ve been to hard on that topic? Maybe people are just dressing up as dead Sylvia because it’s Halloween and it seems like a creepy and very effective costume? Maybe people are just attending some “Dead Poets” themed parties? Maybe they mean no harm?

So, I decided to believe that people are only having the best intentions while “sticking their head in the oven” for Halloween! :)

Have fun, enjoy and get inspired! :)

P.S.: I always link back and only use pictures you can find on the Internet via google! But, if for some reason, you don’t want your pic to be posted on this blog, just let me know and I’ll remove your picture immediately!