Today on My Girl Friday, Shirley wears an 80's pleated geometric dress ($25) from Vinnie's Retro Boutique in Northbridge. Thanks to cute Emo Manager Guy for choosing the dress for me.
When I wrote Preloved it was always envisioned as a love story (well, with a title like that!) but I also took the time to think about and explore the overall concept of "love". Central to the story is also the love story between a girl and her mother. And strands of it are based on my relationship with my own mum, so I felt a lot of love while writing the novel. It also represents to me a love letter to my heritage (as Amy is Chinese like me), to my childhood (as I was a baby of the 80s) and to the Aussie contemporary YA genre as a whole (as I am proud to help fly the flag).
So it was only natural that things I love ended up as symbols in the novel, whether consciously or sub-consciously. We'll go hunting for them right now in my garden.
Rubik's Clock: I recently reclaimed my 80's toys. A Keeper, My Little Ponies and an Alf plush (ask your parents). Maybe there comes a time in a parent's life when you move out that they come to terms with you being gone and decide to relinquish whatever still remains in their their closets. And then present them to you. Or in my husband's case, give them to me! Which got me curious about what exactly these "little boys things were". It turns out they consisted of Transformers (one which fittingly enough, changed into a boom box - double 80s bang for your buck) and a Rubik's Clock. I had no idea what this was. I Googled it.
Then I spent ages trying to figure out how to play with it. In the end I just gave up and put it into Preloved as a symbol of one enigmatic boy's secret business.
The Baby-Sitters Club: my favourite 80's book series! I think I read them until it kinda jumped the shark when the recaps at the beginning got so long they eclipsed the actual stories. Did they grow up and have a college spinoff or am I thinking of that other 80s cheesy stalwart - Sweet Valley High? I always wanted to be Claudia Kishi not only because she was the hottest (in my head) and most fashionable and artistic, she also ate a seemingly endless stream of junk food. Who wouldn't want all those things? In my head I always shipped Claudia and Logan Bruno 'cos Maryanne was so lame. That's where I got the name Logan from. And oh, Stacey! Stacey was also cool.
I hope you've had a fun insightful time in my garden. If you look closely there's actually more Easter Eggs hidden in the five (shhh). Thank you to the beautiful Miss Steph Friday for having me on her beautiful blog.
We're breaking for the weekend now, but come Monday hop over with me over to Wear The Old Coat, where I tell a really scary ghost story (trust me, it's really scary) and other Preloved Blog Touring goodness!
Thank so much for stopping by Shirley and sharing in some 80's nostaglia! If you enjoyed this, be sure to check out Shirley's guest post on Literary Life talking about being a child of the 80's. Thank you to Shirley and Walker Books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour. Check back here soon for my review of Preloved.