Thursday, September 16, 2010

Weetzie Bat

Have you heard of the book Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block? If you have and you're saying "Duh, that's old news," then I'm sorry to be old news but honestly I always thought I was the only person who knew about this book. I stumbled upon it when I was in high school and fell so achingly hard for it. The imagery in the book was so inspiring. I didn't know if I wanted to write or draw or just dress up like the title's main character, a punky, cool, hip, vulnerable, strong girl named Weetzie Bat (I mean, who has that name and isn't entirely hip?)

I had not thought about Weetzie Bat in a while and then I was looking at Lisa Butterworth's blog Hot Child In the City and she posted these gorgeous photos from a photo shoot by the Wildfox Girls that were advertising a screenplay reading of Weetzie Bat written by Block(!!!).

Aren't these photos gorgeous? It brings back that same rush of creativity and inspiration that the book first brought me all those years ago. So far I have not seen any real word on the movie happening but I will probably die, then come back to life, then die again when it does.
Probably the most exciting thing, however, is realizing that this book is not actually my own little secret. I will gladly share this following with all the amazing Weetzie Bat girls out there. I found several blogs that have written posts and come up with their own inspired collections including this one by the Wildfox Girls...

And I found this one by Dearilou...

There are also Flickr groups dedicated to Weetzie Bat inspired shots such as this one.

Trust me, if you haven't read this book yet check it out as well as other books by Francesca. Keep in mind that most of her books are young adult so curl up with your favorite teenage dream and get to reading!


Jennifer Hayes Hugon said...


Francesca Lia Blocks books are my all time favorite. I too discovered them in high school (ahem, we won't talk about how long ago that was) and still recommend them to anyone willing to listen.

I also love her many of her other books, particularly Ecstasia and Violet and Claire.

I hope if a movie ever is made, they do justice to the vision... :)

DreamCyn said...

I actually run a blog devoted mostly to Weetzie Bat and other FLB books (if you haven't read more, you must!).
I'd love for you to stop by! I don't know enough FLB fans and I want to!!!