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Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, and More Authors Dress As Their Favorite Characters

Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, and More Authors Dress As Their Favorite Characters

Everyone likes to play dress up from time to time, including your favorite authors. Recently, several of them worked with photographer Cambridge Jones on a project for the The Story Museum in Oxford involving the authors cosplaying as their favorite characters from childhood. Jones came up with the idea when the museum approached him about an exhibit called “26 Characters.” The photographer wanted to create images that would make passersby stop and look–putting authors in costume definitely accomplishes that goal.

Jones recruited 26 writers for the project and worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre to get costumes for all of them. According to the BBC, the finished project features the photos in a character-themed interactive space. While attendees look at the photographs, they can listen to authors speaking about the characters they dressed as and reading extracts from their own books.

Authors selected personalities ranging from pirates to queens to creatures. Neil Gaiman (The Ocean at the End of the Lane) picked Badger from Wind in the Willows (pictured above). Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials) transformed into Long John Silver from Treasure Island. Holly Smale (Geek Girl) became a convincing version of the White Queen from The Chronicles of Narnia. Seeing these pictures makes me want to dig through the boxes of books I had when I was a kid and re-read old favorites.

You can see the photographs in person at The Story Museum in the UK through November 2nd.

If you dressed up as your favorite character from childhood, who would you be? Let us know in the comments.

HT: io9, all photos by Cambridge Jones


  1. Megan Hilles says:

    Sam from My Side of the Mountain; but only if I get a pet falcon. 

  2. Gordon Lyons says:

    At 6’5″, I’d be the world’s tallest Reepicheep.

  3. Mombi, from Ozma Of Oz. Wearing all those heads. *shudders*

  4. Shelley Dyett says:

    Mr Meddle, getting into misceif, Pippy Longstocking or Bunchy

  5. Cheryl says:

    I’d have to be a Redwall character, but picking just one is impossible (there are so many great ones). I’ll have to settle on one of the originals: Gonff.

  6. Kehinde says:

    Kvothe from the Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind 😛 or Blyton’s The Saucepan Man from The Faraway Tree Stories (:

  7. Mera says:

    Iron Man or Mystique — I’m a ginger girl who loves Marvel Comics

  8. Luna Varalda says:

    The Lady Door or Lyra Silvertongue, definetly!

  9. Vintagegirl says:

    Lissar, from Robin McKinley’s Deerskin, or the Countess Belvane from AA Milne’s Once on a Time

    • Sarah says:

      OMG the fact you love her too makes me happy.Lissar is such a complex, wondeful character. 😀

  10. Eilonwy of the Chronicles of Prydain

  11. Danteholmes says:

    Neil Gaiman as Morpheus (Sandman) or Anansi (Anansi sons)

  12. Babar, Jo March (Little Women), Boxer (Animal Farm)

  13. Pamela says:

    Nancy Drew

  14. Dani Byrne says:

    Winnie-ther-Pooh – of course.

  15. rob says:

    Ebenezer McCoy – The Dresden Files

  16. Sevenpenny says:

    Honey Badger

  17. Puddleglum, from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair

  18. ian sutherland says:

    the moonraker

  19. Erin says:

    Pippi Longstocking 

  20. Matt James says:

    Will Perry from The Subtle Knife/Max from Where the Wild Things Are/Huck from Huck Finn/Meg Murry from A Wrinkle In Time

  21. George from The Famous Five

  22. Amy wolford says:

    Cimorene from the enchanted forest chronicles

  23. jill says:

    A nac mac feegle from wee free men

  24. nikki chudasch says:

    Sergeant Angua (Discworld)

  25. Lucy from Chronicles of Narnia

  26. CELKali says:

    I was always a fan of villains, so Count Olaf from Lemony Snicket.

  27. John Kelly says:

    Peter Pan

  28. Pat Millard says:

    Sherlock Holmes

  29. Andy says:

    Meg – a wrinkle in time

  30. Kristi says:

    Harold from Harold and the Purple Crayon

  31. Olivia says:

    Tris from Tamora Pierce’s Circle of Magic quartet. 

  32. Kelleen says:

    Tom Sawyer. Definitely.

  33. Erica says:

    Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. 

  34. Kati says:

    Morgaine from The Mists of Avalon.

  35. Alanna from Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness quartet

  36. Alex from A Clockwork Orange

  37. Sarah says:

    Esme Weatherwax of the Lancre coven, Discworld. That or Cheery the Dwarf of the Night’s Watch. 

  38. RawJah says:

    I’d like to see George R. R. Martin as Tyrion 😉

  39. karla says:

    Artemis fowl!

  40. Leslie says:

    Anne of Green Gables

  41. Porsche says:

    I would be the Wakefield twins from Sweet Valley High.

  42. Luvrte66 says:

    I would be either Nancy Drew or Harriet the Spy!

  43. Becca says:

    When I was a kid my favourite literary character was Smaug, but if we’re talking about actual children’s stories…Hermione Granger of course.

    • Katherine says:

      The Hobbit was written for Tolkien’s children, so Smaug counts! I’d dress as Bilbo.