The Flavorpill Guide to DIY Pop-Culture Halloween Costumes: Books

Halloween: It’s always more complicated than you want it to be. Even if you’ve got your plans set, it’s a struggle to find the perfect costume — without resorting to the same crappy, overpriced, pre-packaged getups everyone else will be wearing. Thankfully, just as we did last October, Flavorpill is helping you out with a series of easy DIY costume guides tackling various pop-culture realms. Don’t worry — there’s no sewing involved.

In our newest installment (we’ve already tackled music, art, and film!), channel your inner nerd with our selection of literary costumes. You may choose from some of the year’s most iconic author looks, a few our favorite literary characters new and old, or even learn how to turn yourself into one of the most talked-about books of the season. Trust us, you won’t even think about staying home to read on Halloween night with these costumes at your fingertips — but get ready to explain yourself to a lot of girls dressed like Snooki.

Jeffrey Eugenides on his Times Square billboard

Swoon-worthy indeed. The book world was aflutter with confusion and titillation a few weeks ago when this sexy billboard promoting Jeffrey Eugenides’ new novel The Marriage Plot went up in Times Square. Since when have literary authors gotten billboards? No matter, we totally dig it, and we think it’s the perfect costume choice for any nerdy but sensitive writers looking to get a little love on Halloween night. After all, he is a ladyexpert.

The costume:

Purple floral button down shirt (oh yes, we know it’s purple) — Nordstrom, $110

Tony Stark facial hair kit (you’ll only have to cut it a little bit) — Linens ‘n’ Things, $19

Black vest (note, Eugenides’ vest has its own Twitter handle… do with that what you will) — JC Penney, $35

Straight leg blue jeans — Uniqlo, $10

A bunch of friends to stand around you yelling accolades, preferably dressed in yellow — depends on how popular you are.