Daryl Gregory is a contemporary fantasy writer whose novels relate stories of the supernatural as a means of showing what true heroism looks like. Whether the protagonists of Gregory’s novels are able to perceive beings beyond the natural world, or have powers such as telekinesis, what all of them have in common is their selflessness, persistence, and the genuine desire to help others. In his novels Pandemonium, Spoonbenders, Harrison Squared, and We Are All Completely Fine, Gregory depicts the dangers that threaten society. There are many dangers in the world, some that are known and can be seen, and others that are lurking around us, unnoticed by the average person. In Gregory’s works, these dangers are supernatural creatures that hide in plain sight, creatures that humanity needs protection from. In their interactions with these supernatural beings, author Daryl Gregory’s characters reveal heroism, not only by saving people from these threats, but through their desire to help society.
Similar to Gregory’s heroic characters, fashion icon and entrepreneur Coco Chanel was a hero within the fashion industry and to women across Europe and North America in the 1920s. The ‘20s was an era of great change which can largely be attributed to fashion and its impact on society. Thanks to designers such as Chanel and Jeanne Lanvin, women gained a newfound freedom that started within the fashion world and spread into their daily lives. Coco Chanel was viewed as a hero to women because she broke down gender barriers in the fashion world, allowing women to be free, comfortable, and confident in their attire. Women were no longer confined to one style as masculine, comfortable, revealing, and movable clothes became popular. As a result, there were dramatic changes in both workplace attire and sportswear for women, which in turn opened up new opportunities for women to partake in activities such as tennis and golf. Fashion designers paved the way for people to follow new trends and styles, and without the help of these revolutionary designers, women may not have gained the respect, voice, or freedom they deserve.
Major Works Consulted:
Fiell, Charlotte, and Emmanuelle Dirix. 1920s Fashion. London: Fiell Publishing Limited, 2011.
“A Chat with Daryl Gregory.” My Bookish Ways.
Gregory, Daryl. Harrison Squared. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 2015.
---. Pandemonium. New York: Random, 2008.
Peacock, John. Fashion Sourcebooks: The 1920s. New York: Hudson and Thames, 1997.