A few months ago, a friend in Texas got in touch to tell me an amusing story. It seems she’d loaned my book to a woman she knew, and both the woman and her daughter had read it and liked it. The daughter liked it even more than her mother.
She liked it so much, in fact, she’d sneaked out to a local shop, purchased bright red hair dye, and transformed her brunette locks into a vivid, fire-station red – the same colour Allie’s hair at the beginning of Night School.
Apparently, her mother was less than thrilled with this development, and had called my friend to complain.
I thought it was so awesome I didn’t even know where to start.
I mean, how wonderful that she related to Allie so much. And how wonderful to REBEL and just dye. Because if you don’t do crazy, fun, amazing things when you’re sixteen, when will you?
I never mentioned this incident to anyone on Facebook on Twitter. But a few months later, a girl named Maddie got in touch on Twitter with a photo of her newly red hair. (Photo above). The message she sent with the it said ‘Now I have hair like Allie!’
I thought she looked incredible.
A short while later, a reader in Mexico got in touch with a photo with HER newly reddened locks (below) shimmering in the light like strands of flame.
“I dyed my hair like Allie’s!” she wrote.
That was when I started wondering if this could become a thing.
I love the idea of Night School fans identifying each other in a crowd by their bright red hair. Trying out different shades. Using henna or cool dyes.
In Book 1, Allie’s hair is a metallic, vivid henna-red. She’s not trying to look natural – she’s trying to look different.
This was inspired by two things: Angela Chase, the character played by Claire Danes in the TV series My So-Called Life – which I absolutely adore. And also by my friend Sarah, who has hennaed her brown hair into a shiny red for as long as I’ve known her.
Recently a girl in Scotland who calls herself Little Pixie on Twitter (Photo above) got in touch and said, “Might not be as bright, but I’m starting to channel those Allie vibes…” Her hair has been turned into a deep auburn, which is JUST AS AWESOME.
So, what about you? Have you ever changed your appearance to look like a fictional character? Would you ever go Allie-red? If you have, send a photo to me on Twitter or by email and I’ll put it on the Night School Facebook page!