Monday, March 19, 2018
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a book I probably read about a year ago, and the movie just came out this weekend. The movie really hit it out of the park--it was entertaining and emotional and funny and so so necessary. And I want to see it again already! Nick Robinson portrays Simon's emotions so perfectly, and I promise you'll feel all the things if you see the movie.
In response to that, and even though I haven't written a playlist since January (oops), I thought it was time to write Simon his own playlist. So, without further ado, a playlist for Simon Spier.
"The Biggest Lie" by Elliott Smith
"Closer" by Tegan & Sara
"Electric Love" by BØRNS
"Bloom" by The Paper Kites
"Love Me" by The 1975
"Always" by Panic! At the Disco
"True Love Waits" by Radiohead
"Until We Get There" by Lucius
"First Time He Kissed a Boy" by Kadie Elder
"Like Gold" by Vance Joy
I tried to channel Simon's favorite music, so hopefully I did him (and Becky Albertalli) proud!
Monday, January 8, 2018
Maggie Stiefvater has a way of writing characters that you know are going to pull at your heartstrings. I remember when I first read her Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy in high school, and there was something compelling about the story and the characters; the way that these characters just accept the supernatural, the magical in the world of reality. Stiefvater writes with a lyrically magical style that easily pulls you into the world she has created.
This was also true of The Raven Cycle, which I just finished today. One character that stood out to me was Ronan Lynch, a boy who can pull things out of his dreams, who has a hard outer shell and is fiercely protective of the ones that he loves. Ronan's story is beautifully tragic, and this playlist is for him.
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by Eurythmics
Warm Foothills by Alt-J
Moments by Tove Lo
Every Man I Fall For by Cold War Kids
Unsteady by the X Ambassadors
Corpse Roads by Keaton Henson
Night Terror by Laura Marling
Wash by Bon Iver
Youth by Daughter
No One's Here to Sleep by Naughty Boy, ft. Bastille
About dreams and nightmares and love. These are books I'll probably have to own at some point, adding to my ever growing collection of Maggie Stiefvater books. I'll have a review up of The Raven King later this week!
Monday, October 23, 2017
Though I don't yet have my copy of John Green's new book, Turtles All the Way Down, I thought that this week, my playlist could honor one of my favorite books of his: Looking for Alaska. I think this book will always hold a special place in my heart. Thus, this week's playlist will be dedicated to Alaska Young.
"Flowers in Your Hair" by The Lumineers
"Believer" by Imagine Dragons
"About Today" by The National
"Lonesome Dreams" by Lord Huron
"The Mess" by the Naked and the Famous
"Youth" by Daughter
"Oblivion" by Bastille
"Ghosts That We Knew" by Mumford & Sons
"Kitchen Sink" by Twenty One Pilots
"Shake It Out" by Florence + the Machine
A playlist about living life and the tragedy of losing someone too soon. Moody and dark, just how I like my music.
Monday, October 2, 2017
I've been in a bit of a creative rut lately, because I've been working a lot and don't feel like I have a lot of time to just sit and create. Today, that comes in the form of choosing a character to create a playlist for, so today I'm going to dedicate my playlist to some of my favorite music to listen to while writing. Most of it is movie soundtracks, which are beautiful and wonderful to write to.
Here are ten songs that I like to listen to while writing!
"Obliviate" by John Williams
From the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows soundtrack--can you really go wrong with John Williams?
"Cloud Atlas Finale" by Tom Tykwer
If you haven't seen Cloud Atlas, go and watch it. And then listen to the soundtrack on repeat.
"Time" by Hans Zimmer
From the Inception soundtrack, another favorite and constant go-to.
"Rue's Farewell" by James Newton Howard
Emotional, moving, great inspiration for writing. From The Hunger Games movie.
"Harry's Wondrous World" by John Williams
I listen to the Harry Potter soundtracks a lot while writing, admittedly.
"Interstellar Main Theme" by Hans Zimmer
The organ in this soundtrack is absolutely gorgeous.
"Woman Woman Theme" by Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL
I loved this in the movie, and it feels empowering when writing.
"Mother of Dragons" by Ramin Djawadi
Daenerys' themes in the Game of Thrones are the best, in my opinion.
"Mischief Managed!" by John Williams
The third movie has such fun, jumping music.
"The Hanging Tree" by James Newton Howard
This is the only song with words, but because this song creates such a strong theme in the movie and it always gives me chills!
Monday, September 25, 2017
I got the chance to meet Patrick Ness this past week, and he was so nice to all his readers. Plus, to hear some of the motivations behind his books was wonderful--he's definitely made it to the top of my list of young adult authors. I've loved every single one of his books. His last book is no exception.
This week, my playlist is dedicated to the main character of his latest book, Release, Adam Thorn. Adam Thorn feels a lot of things--but one of the biggest ones is how alone he feels. The book tugs at your heart strings, like all Patrick Ness books.
Without further ado, here is my tribute to Adam Thorn.
"Somebody That I Used to Know" by Elliott Smith
Throughout much of the story, Adam struggles getting over a boy he loved, Endo. A boy who didn't love him back in the same way.
"Screaming Infidelities" by Dashboard Confessional
In the beginning of the book, Adam goes on a run, which always helps him to deal with his feelings and emotions. I imagine the music he listened to would be a little angsty.
"Mix Tape" by Brand New
I chose this for the same reason as the last song--running angst music.
"This is Gospel" by Panic! At the Disco
Adam feels lost throughout most of the book, and as bad thing after bad thing keeps happening, he struggles getting out of the hole he's fallen into.
"Down by the Water" by The Decemberists
A lot of the book takes place near the river, near a lake, the theme of water reflecting the idea of release.
"Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac
Though he's only 17, Adam feels that he's felt true heartbreak--and he believes that it shouldn't be any less real just because of his age.
"Youth" by Daughter
Being a (mostly) closeted gay teen, Adam's love life hasn't quite been easy. Especially with a super religious family breathing down his neck.
"Rory" by Foxing
Lost love, lost connection, feeling alone. All feelings that Adam feels throughout the course of his worst day ever.
"Not Today" by Twenty One Pilots
Despite it all, Adam is able to make it through the day, with hope for the future.
"Heroes" by David Bowie
In the end, Adam learns that he can be the hero of his own story. I think this song just fits this story, kind of like it fits Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Monday, September 4, 2017
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In tribute to this duology, my playlist this week will be for Kate Harker, one of the main protagonists. Last summer, I made one for August Flynn, which you can find here!
"Fight Song" by Rachel Platten
Despite her father constantly trying to keep her out of the fighting, out of harm's way, Kate was always born to be a fighter.
"Gasoline" by Halsey
During Our Dark Duet, Kate has to confront the monster inside of herself, the monster that was born out of the events from the previous book.
"Fix You" by Coldplay
When she sees August, all she wants to go is help him become what he once was. Mostly human.
"You Won't Know" by Brand New
Kate has been surrounded by a lot of death, and there's a lot of things that are left unsaid from people that she cared about.
"MakeDamnSure" by Taking Back Sunday
Hunting monsters, Kate tries to distance herself from all other humans. Making sure that everyone stays a safe difference from her and her danger.
"A Violent Noise" by The xx
Much of Kate's life has been filled with violence. What do you expect when living in a city run by monsters?
"Sucker for Pain" by Imagine Dragons, Lil Wayne, and Wiz Khalifa
Kate always goes into a fight without a second thought, knowing it's her duty to save the innocent citizens.
"Heathens" by Twenty One Pilots
Many of the people that Kate finds surrounding her are monsters, but maybe not always in an obvious way.
"Can't Pin Me Down" by Marina and the Diamonds
Kate's skill at fighting make it difficult for others to pin her down, and she is almost always able to fight her way out.
"Praying" by Kesha
Kate's father wasn't the person that she thought he was, hiding her away, using her weaknesses. But despite her upbringing, she is stronger than ever.
Monday, August 28, 2017
Happy music Monday! I've been trying to make this a thing, but haven't been the most consistent. But I'm trying! This week, my playlist is dedicated to Seth Wearing, the main character in Patrick Ness's More Than This. This might be one of Ness's most haunting novels, and I will try to do it justice!
"March to the Sea" by Twenty One Pilots
Seth's story begins in the sea, drowning his pain. Ness's description of drowning at the beginning of the novel is one of the most harrowing I think I have ever read. What a way to start a novel.
"Rory" by Foxing
All Seth is looking for is someone who makes him feel less alone. He thinks he found it in Gusmund, but that just ends in tragedy.
"Breaking Down" by Florence + The Machine
Much of Ness's novel is about Seth's struggle with depression, always in the background, overshadowing his life.
"Be Still" by The Killers
Once Seth wakes up in the afterlife, he's not quite sure what to make of it--especially with the memories that plague him every time he tries to sleep. "Is this real or just a dream?"
"Woods" by Bon Iver
Seth thinks he's completely alone in this new world that he's found himself in, working just to pass the time.
"Youth" by Daughter
The lyric "Shadows settle on the place that you left" fits Seth perfectly--his memories from before the after life are tainted by all of the bad.
"I Gave You All" by Mumford & Sons
Seth gave everything he had to his family, to his friends, and yet he still felt unbelievably alone in the world.
"Let Me In" by Glen Hansard
When encountering other people in the desolate land that Seth has found himself in, he has to convince them to let him in, as well as letting them in and trusting them.
"Save Myself" by Ed Sheeran
Before Seth is able to help his new friends, Regine and Tomasz, he has to overcome the horrors of his own past.
"Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men
Despite the bleakness of most of the novel, it ends on a somewhat hopeful note--despite its ambiguous ending.
Monday, August 21, 2017
In the midst of my re-read of The Series of Unfortunate Events, I though it was fitting to choose one of the Baudelaire orphans to make a playlist for this week. I chose the oldest Baudelaire orphan, Violet, who is actually probably my favorite! When I read the books in middle school, I always admired when she tied up her hair to invent something to get her and her siblings out of whatever unfortunate situation they have found themselves in.
"That's Not How the Story Goes" from the Netflix Series
Most people have the notion that a children's story should be happy and full of joy--but that's not true for any of the Baudelaires.
"Things We Lost in the Fire" by Bastille
The fire at her house is what causes Violet and her brother and sister to become orphans in the first place.
"Everything's Not Lost" by Coldplay
Through all of the misfortune, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny still have each other.
"A Smart Kid" by Porcupine Tree
Due to the nurturing by her parents, Violet is a pretty smart girl; one who is often able to think up a way to get them out of sticky situations with Olaf.
"Prey" by The Neighbourhood
Despite their attempts to reveal Count Olaf, the Baudelaires always find themselves becoming his prey.
"Shelter" by The xx
One of Violet's only goals is to be able to find shelter and a safe home for her and her siblings.
"The Violet Hour" by The Civil Wars
Violet always finds herself in an hour of danger, but is somehow able to save her and her siblings just in the nick of time.
"Doubt" by Twenty One Pilots
As one unfortunate thing happens after another, Violet begins to have doubt that her and her siblings will ever find happiness and safety again.
"You Are a Memory" by Message to Bears
Their parents are just a memory, a memory that drives them to survive each unfortunate situation they find themselves in.
"The Light Behind Your Eyes" by My Chemical Romance
Despite it all, Violet still has hope that her and Klaus and Sunny will make it through, together.
Monday, August 7, 2017
It's music Monday! At least, that's the goal I'm working toward: a new playlist every Monday. This week, given that we just got a trailer for the much anticipated movie coming out next year, my playlist is dedicated to Wade Watts. Get prepared for lots of 80s music!
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!
We begin Wade's obsession with the 80s with an upbeat song, to match his optimism (kind of) at the beginning of the novel.
"Dancing With Myself" by Billy Idol
Though often used in reference to James Halliday, this song also fits Wade's predicament. And pretty much the rest of society in this time period, as everyone sits in their house playing Oasis.
"Star Wars Theme" by John Williams
There can't be a bunch of 80s references without referencing Star Wars, am I right?
"Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo
James Halliday opens his last will and testament video with this song, which could be considered Wade's introduction to the 80s. And the rest of the future's obsession with the 80s.
"Wild Boys" by Duran Duran
With no parents, and growing up in virtual reality, I think this describes Wade's situation quite well.
"Star Trek Theme" by Alexander Courage
Wade has a particular connection to Star Trek within the book, the original series of course. Though, all of his obsessions pretty much come from the 80s due to James Halliday.
"Ladyhawke Main Theme" by Andrew Powell
In addition to being one of Wade's favorite movies, this is also an important clue to figuring out one of the keys in the novel.
"Three is a Magic Number" by Schoolhouse Rock
An important clue in Wade figuring out how to get to the last key, and eventually figuring out James Halliday's whole scavenger hunt.
"Monty Python and the Holy Grail Ending Music"
Another one of Wade's favorite movies, again due to James Halliday's influence.
"Invincible" by Pat Benatar
By the end of the book, Wade feels pretty invincible and able to take on anything in the Oasis. And in real life, too.
Monday, July 31, 2017
Perhaps a bit different from my other playlists, but I've been reading some of the original Spider-Man comics published in the 1960s--and I'm absolutely obsessed with the new Spider-Man movie (have you seen it yet?). Spider-Man has probably always been my favorite superhero, so in honor of the new movie, and the fact that Tom Holland is the perfect Spider-Man/Peter Parker, here's a playlist dedicated to everyone's favorite webbed hero.
"Left Hand Free" by Alt-J
As this is the song that's playing when Spider-Man is introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I figured it would be fitting as the first song on this playlist.
"Time to Pretend" by MGMT
Peter Parker always feels like he's pretending, especially when he feels like he could be doing so much more. There are times, especially in the comics, where this situation gets comical as his fellow schoolmates worship Spider-Man but bully Peter Parker.
"40 Day Dream" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Being Spider-Man makes Peter feel like he's been sleeping all this time, and now he's finally woken up.
"A World Alone" by Lorde
Peter feels that "slow burn wait while it gets dark" all throughout school, because he's just itching to get back out as Spider-Man.
"Waiting On the World to Change" by John Mayer
Throughout Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker constantly feels like he is just waiting, waiting for his opportunity to change the world. At least, until he takes matters into his own hands.
"Hungry Heart" by Bruce Springsteen
Always hungry to be doing something to help people, to be doing something outside of the high school he's always stuck in.
"My Shot" by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Peter isn't throwing away his shot to make it as a hero, even if it means going against what Tony Stark told him to do.
"Whatever It Takes" by Imagine Dragons
No matter what, Peter will do what he needs to do to save people.
"The Underdog" by Spoon
Spider-Man, and Peter Parker, are often considered the underdog, and probably rightfully so, given his age and his experience. But everyone likes to root for the underdog, right?
"That Spidey Life" by Nerdist/Bruno Mars
A song parody of Bruno Mars' "That's What I Like," a perfect ending to any Spider-Man playlist.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Awhile back, I created a playlist for Hazel Grace, and I decided that it was high time that I created one for her love, Augustus Waters. Augustus Waters, the beautiful, heart-throb level creation of John Green, whose story is woefully tragic, this playlist is for you.
(Spoilers included, though if you haven't read The Fault in Our Stars by now, are you ever going to?)
"Oblivion" by Bastille
When we first meet Augustus Waters, he's very afraid of oblivion, afraid of not making a mark on the world before he leaves it. Hazel helps to show him that it doesn't matter as much as he originally thought.
"Young & Wild" by The Strumbellas
In the first half of the book, Augustus embodies this sentiment. He's trying to live life as fully as he can, and he inspires Hazel to do so as well.
"Dead Sea" by The Lumineers
I imagine that, if he had more time, Augustus would be the type to travel the world, trying to find the meaning that he was craving, making the mark he desired. But fate didn't give him that opportunity.
"Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap
When Augustus and Hazel get to go to Amsterdam, though the ending isn't quite what they imagined, they're able to just live with abandon.
"Let's Be Still" by The Head and the Heart
As Hazel and Augustus (inevitably) fall in love, I feel that he would be completely happy just being still with Hazel. And as things take a turn for the worse, he most definitely is.
"About Today" by The National
This song speaks to the moment in the book when Hazel has to go to the ICU and purposefully distances herself from Augustus. It just fits. Though, I don't think Gus would have let Hazel walk away.
"King and Lionheart" by Of Monsters and Men
A song about a tragic love story for a book about a tragic love story.
"Holocene" by Bon Iver
The message of this song is something that Augustus eventually realizes, with the help of Hazel. That though he might not be magnificent in the eyes of the world, he certainly was magnificent in hers.
"I Gave You All" by Mumford & Sons
Augustus certainly gave all he had to Hazel before his end, his tragic end.
"Lifeforms" by Daughter
This song represents the cancer that consumes Augustus, that stops him from growing old, that takes him from Hazel.
Monday, May 8, 2017
Music is integral to the plot of Eleanor and Park, as without it, Eleanor and Park would have never met. A few months ago, I made a playlist for Eleanor; I though it was high time that I made one for Park as well! Without further ado, a playlist inspired by Park, one that I think would suit his musical tastes.
According to Rainbow Rowell, this is the song Park is listening to when we're first introduced to him. As he says, "XTC was no good for drowning out the morons at the back of the bus."
To me, this song is fitting for tragic love affairs, and it works for Park and Eleanor on so many levels. Plus, it is a beautiful song.
I image Park thought this at some point when he first sees Eleanor, and he uses music and comics to try to connect to her. And it works magnificently.
Rowell said that she played this countless times when writing the scene when Park decides to help Eleanor escape. And it couldn't be more fitting.
I don't know if I can explain why this fits Park for me, but it just does. And he definitely would listen to Bon Iver. Definitely.
Park falls for Eleanor pretty quickly, and this song describes this feeling perfectly.
Once Park's mind is made up about Eleanor, he knows that he'll do anything in order to help her.
Park found love where he wasn't looking, using Eleanor as a point to focus his life.
When Park and Eleanor are finally together, they have found something good. Plus, Alt-J is just the type of quirky music that Park would like.
This song is on Eleanor's list too, but it is too important to their relationship to not include it here as well. Park put it on a tape for her, and they discuss it at length.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
I read Carry On this past summer and absolutely fell in love with it. It was one of those instances where I couldn't put the book down--Rainbow Rowell has the talent for creating engrossing stories that you lose yourself in. And the talent for crafting beautiful relationships. Basically, I love Rainbow Rowell, and this playlist is a tribute to one of my favorite characters she's created so far, Simon Snow.
"Shots" by Imagine Dragons
This song represents the hole Simon feels he's trying to fill in himself, the expectations that he's trying to live up to.
"Thistles and Weeds" by Mumford & Sons
Simon holds onto hope, even when things may seem bleak.
"Human" by Of Monsters and Men
Simon has always been known as the Chosen One, but all he really wants is to be normal.
"Your Ex-Lover is Dead" by Stars
An homage to Simon's ex-girlfriend, Agatha Wellbelove.
"Oblivion" by Bastille
This reminds me of the danger Simon ends up in as the Chosen One, that he only has one fate and is resigned to that fate.
"Crinan Wood" by Alexi Murdoch
This song represents the woods around Watford, and the solace that Simon would sometimes find in them.
"Beginner's Luck" by Eels
This song reflects the beginning of Simon and Baz's relationship: "If you are willing, well, I think I'm qualified / And with beginner's luck we've gotta take the ride."
"I Found" by Amber Run
As Simon learns what he has to do in order to save the magical world, he uses Baz as his focal point in order to keep himself anchored.
"Kiss Me" by Ed Sheeran
When Simon realizes that he loves Baz, all he wants to do is be kissed by him.
"Can't Help Falling in Love" by Tyler Joseph (cover)
Simon couldn't help his feelings for Baz.
There you are! Hope you enjoy!
Monday, February 20, 2017
One of the best messages from Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven is that you are wanted. Libby Strout distributes this message to her entire high school, after years of struggling with the way she looks. It's a message that she constantly has to tell herself, but it is worth the reminder.
Libby is all about dancing, expressing herself through movement. What better way to pay tribute to her character than to create a playlist for her?
Here's to being yourself and dancing without a care in the world.
"Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar
Libby begins the morning before she goes back to school for the first time in five years dancing to Pat Benatar, getting herself psyched for the day ahead. Anyone can face the day after a good Pat Benatar song.
"SexyBack" by Justin Timberlake
Perhaps this is more Jack's song than Libby's--but I think she'd dance to it just the same. With a beat like that, it's impossible not to. They're bringing sexy back.
"Hurricane" by Panic! At the Disco
I picked this song mainly for the lyrics, "You'll dance to anything," because I believe they fit Libby to a tee. But, it also has an excellent beat, which makes it excellent to dance to.
"I Love to Love" by Tina Charles
Libby starts singing this song in the car on the way to Bloomington with Jack, and the two have the most epic dance party in the car on the way there.
"Ben" by Michael Jackson
Libby and Jack dance to this song on their first date, and it accurately describes their relationship. They are two lonely people that need each other.
"The Way We Get By" by Spoon
Before Jack and Libby meet each other, before they give each other the courage to be themselves, they're just getting by. Hiding from themselves, hiding from other people, is the way they get by.
"Uptown Funk" by Bruno Mars
If there's any song that makes you want to get up and dance, it's this one. And it's about being comfortable in your own body, feeling confident in yourself. Which is exactly what Libby feels when she dances.
"It's Thunder and It's Lightning" by We Were Promised Jetpacks
Though Libby is trying to make things work, trying to hide her darkness and loneliness, sometimes that darkness shines through.
"Believer" by Imagine Dragons
When Libby finally takes things into her hands and stands up in front of her entire high school, preaching that everyone is wanted, I feel this song could have been coursing through her veins.
"We Are Young" by Fun.
By the end of the novel, I feel that Libby, and Jack, would sing this song from the rooftops, relishing in life. They are young, and they have so much to live for.
Monday, January 16, 2017
In conjunction with the book I just finished (This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab), I'll make a playlist for August Flynn, the monster who wishes he wasn't a monster. I'll review the book itself in a couple of days, but since music is so much at the core of this novel, a playlist seemed fitting!
August Flynn is a Sunai, which is a monster who, when he plays music, consumes the soul of a human being. This Savage Song is filled with all sorts of creepy monsters--and I'll do my best to do them justice!
"The Red Violin" from The Red Violin Soundtrack
August's preferred instrument is the violin, sneaking away to play it whenever possible. Trying his best not to harm anyone in the process.
"Religion" by Lana Del Rey
Many consequences of the monsters stemmed from violent religious acts in the community of Verity. Plus, Lana Del Rey's eerie tone matches the gloomy mindset of those that live in Verity.
"Demons" by Imagine Dragons
This is how August views himself, a demon, taking life from humanity.
"Seven Devils" by Florence + the Machine
Where August lives, monsters (or devils) are everywhere, surrounding everyone.
"Trade Mistakes" by Panic! At the Disco
"I feel marooned in this body." This lyric especially fits how August feels about being a monster.
"Ready to Lose" by Ingrid Michelson
August forms a unique relationship with Katherine Harker, a hint at romantic attraction, but never coming outright and saying it.
"Hunger" by Of Monsters and Men
Desperate to not give into his hunger, August goes as long he can without consuming someone's soul. But too long and he can face dangerous consequences.
"In The Woods Somewhere" by Hozier
This song fits August's desire to save humanity, but sometimes he doesn't quite have the courage.
"Crystallize" by Lindsay Stirling
Another violin feature, paying tribute to the more contemporary nature of August's violin playing.
"I'm So Sorry" by Imagine Dragons
This is how I imagine August feels every time he is forced to feed in order to keep away the darkness. Guilty and apologetic, always wishing he was human and not monster.
Keep a look out for my review, coming later this week!
Monday, January 2, 2017
Since the A Monster Calls movie is supposed to be coming out soon, I decided it was fitting to do a playlist for the Monster in the story (as was requested by a friend a few months ago!). It's been a few weeks since I've done a playlist post, so I'll definitely try to get back in the swing of it again.
If you haven't read A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, you're definitely missing out. It was passed around between me and my friends when I was at school, and you'll become immersed in the story and the artwork. It's a fairly quick read, but not one you're likely to forget. Without further ado, a playlist dedicated to the Monster from A Monster Calls.
Waiting for the Night by Depeche Mode
Many of the Monster's stories came in the night, mixing reality and fantasy for Connor.
Tear Up This Town by Keane
Used for the movie, and I think it fits so well for the Monster's story.
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover) by Jeff Buckley
The Monster's stories are all about the gray area between what's good and evil, and I think this song reflects that gray area. It also reflects the brokenness in Connor, the brokenness that the Monster tries to help him come to terms with.
Laughing With by Regina Spektor
One of the purposes of the Monster within the story is for Connor to come to terms with his situation, to learn to accept the good and the bad, to learn how to see the truth.
The Ink From Books by Sleeping At Last
The eerie piano line here and the title fit well for the stories that the Monster tells.
Medicine by Daughter
The lyrics here fit with the message that the Monster is giving to Connor--that he needs to be able to see and accept the truth.
Ghosts by Banners
Maybe more so for the perspective of Connor, but this song fits the narrative so, so well.
Silhouette by Birdy
I more so think this reflects the way that the Monster is presented in the illustrations of the text--a dark silhouette, an inky subject taking up the pages.
Creature Fear by Bon Iver
At the beginning, we think we're supposed to be scared of the Monster. By the end, it's clear it's not the type of fear we thought at the beginning.
Reminder by Mumford & Sons
"Don't let me darken your door / It's not what I came here for / No it's not what I came here for." Nothing sums up the Monster better than these first few lines of this song.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Ron Weasley is known for his sidekick-humor charm in the movies. However, in the books, he's much more than just a supplement to Harry's hero qualities and Hermione's intelligence--Ron is there through thick and thin. Not only that, Ron is incredibly witty in the books, and many of his best moments are overlooked in the movies. Here's a playlist dedicated to the wonderfully witty, Ron Weasley.
"King and Lionheart" by Of Monsters and Men
Though "Weasley is our king" was originally made up by the Slytherins to taunt Ron, the Gryffindors eventually take it on as their own when Ron is the reason they win the quidditch cup.
"Ho Hey" by The Lumineers
Ron isn't quite sure where he fits in, and is constantly overshadowed by his best friend. But by the end, I think he knows where he belongs.
"Friend, Please" by Twenty One Pilots
The first line of the song speaks to Ron's character: "I feel for you, but when did you believe you were alone?"
"Lean On Me" by Bill Withers
Ron is there for anyone and everyone he cares about, no matter what. He's a steadfast friend that you can always count on.
"Underdog" by Imagine Dragons
Ron is often considered the underdog, not possessing as much magical talent as Hermione or Harry. But, he always pulls through, for those he cares about.
"Laughter Lines" by Bastille
Ron's humor helps get him, Harry, and Hermione through their times of darkness; you can definitely tell that there's a little bit of Fred and George in him.
"I'm a Mess" by Ed Sheeran
As we near the end of Deathly Hallows, Ron becomes unsure of his and Hermione's relationship, unsure that they will ever actually destroy all of the deathly hallows. So he leaves.
"Little Lion Man" by Mumford & Sons
This song also speaks to the problems that Ron made up, because of the horcrux.
"Lights" by Ellie Goulding
Ron follows the light to get back to his friends, and he's the light in the times of darkness.
"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers
Ron proves in Deathly Hallows that he would walk across the world to find Hermione (and consequently, Harry) again.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Moody and handsome, Gale is the other heartthrob from The Hunger Games series. At first, we all think that Gale is the perfect match for Katniss, but we quickly see how fast power corrupts him. Gale is a complex and interesting character, though perhaps not very likable by the end of the series. Here is a playlist dedicated to his firey and rebellious spirit--and unrequited love from Katniss.
"Arsonist's Lullaby" by Hozier
The need to resist burns in Gale like a fire, and has ever since he was a child. The fire only grows stronger when he finally has the ability to rebel.
"I Only Want to Be With You" by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
From the beginning, it's clear that Gale loves Katniss, and would do absolutely anything for her.
"Still" by Daughter
This song speaks to the vast amount of things that Gale lost, including his relationship with Katniss. Perhaps by the end they were still made for each other--but Gale's role in Prim's death keeps them apart forever.
"Little Lion Man" by Mumford & Sons
Gale messed up in the end, and he knows that his mistakes will cost him.
"Ready Aim Fire" by Imagine Dragons
An homage to Gale's passion to fight for what's right, to fight against the system that's never done him any favors.
"New Revolution" by The Waking Hours
Once the Capitol begins to fall, Gale is ready.
"Runaway" by The National
Once the revolution starts to gain momentum in Panem, Gale refuses to runaway; he needs to stand and fight.
"Things We Lost in the Fire" by Bastille
Gale loses Katniss in the course of the revolution; especially after that fateful bomb that he had a hand in that killed her sister.
"I Can't Make You Love Me/Nick of Time" by Bon Iver
In the end, Gale makes choices that have ruined his chances with Katniss; something he'll regret for the rest of his life.
"Gale Song" by The Lumineers
Perhaps cheating a bit, since this song comes from the Catching Fire soundtrack, written for Gale's many woes and hardships.
A combination of songs for a complicated character. Enjoy!
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
The Perks of Being a Wallflower will forever be on the list of my top favorite books because it had so much meaning for me the first time that I read it. Given that music runs through the plot of this story and is a large part of how Charlie deals with his depression, anxiety, and trauma, I thought I'd pay homage to my favorite series by creating an updated playlist for Charlie, with some of his favorites.
"Asleep" by The Smiths
Charlie loved this song so much that he put it on a mixtape. Twice.
"Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners
In the movie, this song is what draws Charlie to Patrick and Sam and begins their friendship. And it's just a really, really good song.
"Us" by Regina Spektor
This song discusses (in my opinion) the glorification of mental illness, of becoming a spectacle. Charlie hides because he's afraid of that, afraid of just being defined by that.
"Give Me Something" by Seafret
Charlie is so afraid of ruining things with Sam that he never goes after what he wants. When Sam leaves, he feels like he has nothing to hold on to and he spirals out of control.
"How Soon Is Now?" by The Smiths
"I am the son / and the heir / of a shyness that is criminally vulgar."
"Pearly Dewdrops' Drops" by The Cocteau Twins
Sam says that this is the song that introduced her to good music, and she shares it with Charlie.
"Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac
One of the songs that Charlie puts on his playlist, it's clear why he would be attracted to this particular song.
"We Are Young" by Fun.
I think this song would be something that Charlie and Sam and Patrick would play in the tunnel as well.
"Car Radio" by Twenty One Pilots
If Charlie had been written in this decade instead of the 90s, I have a feeling he'd be a fan of Twenty One Pilots. They cover a lot of topics that he'd relate to.
"Heroes" by David Bowie
I'm not sure they ever say what the tunnel song is in the book (a reason to re-read it, perhaps?), but this song just fits so well for the movie, and it's David Bowie so you really can't go wrong with that.
A mix of modern and early 90s grunge, something I hope Charlie himself would enjoy listening to.
Monday, October 24, 2016
The Hobbit is a book that I've read multiple times; for fun and for multiple children's literature classes. As a cornerstone of a lot of children's fantasy, The Hobbit is a book that is known and loved by many. To honor this lovable children's classic, here's a playlist in tribute to the hobbit everyone loves, Bilbo Baggins.
Bilbo's call to adventure by Gandalf and by the dwarves.
Early on, when things get miserable on Bilbo's adventure, I'm sure these thoughts run through his head: "How am I gonna get myself back home?"
Until Bilbo finally comes into his own when he saves the dwarves from the spiders, he feels pretty hopeless on the journey he's begun.
Bilbo just needs to let the adventure happen, because it will change his life for the better.
"And in our travels / we found our roads." Bilbo finds himself in his travels with the dwarves.
Bilbo has many encounters throughout his travels where he must fight to stay alive, working together with the dwarves.
Towards the end of his journey, Bilbo has gained the strength and courage to help defeat Smaug, and to help in the final battle.
The adventure with the dwarves begins a lifetime of adventuring for Bilbo; it is one that truly changes his life.
For when Bilbo must face Smaug.
Ends the movie trilogy, and ties up Bilbo's story nicely, when he is finally ready to be done adventuring.
Bonus track: "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins," because we all need Leonard Nimroy singing a song about Bilbo Baggins in our lives.
Maybe this list will inspire an adventure of your own, though it probably won't ever quite get to the extent of Bilbo's. Enjoy!