Showing posts with label Rainbow Rowell. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rainbow Rowell. Show all posts

Monday, May 8, 2017

Character Playlist: Park

Park edit

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

Character Playlist: Simon Snow

Carry On Text and Cover

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!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Character Playlist: Eleanor

Eleanor from Eleanor and Park edit
Drawing credit to
Let me start by saying if you haven't read Eleanor & Park yet, you 100% should. Rainbow Rowell creates amazingly beautiful and realistic love stories, and when I read this book back when it was first published, I fell in love with her prose. It's been a bit since I read this particular book, so I'm a little rusty, but music is so intertwined in the story that it should come back pretty quickly. Per request, here's a playlist for Eleanor that should make you feel something (per Park's description of her).

"How Soon is Now" by The Smiths
In their early interactions, this song connects Eleanor to Park; in a way, the song almost works as Eleanor reaching out to Park: "I am human and I need to be loved/Just like everybody else does."

"The Good Times Are Killing Me" by Modest Mouse
Rowell herself said that this was the song she imagined was playing in Eleanor's head in that first scene on the bus. "Have one, have twenty more 'one mores' and oh it does not relent."

"Dear God" by XTC
"XTC was no good for drowning out the morons at the back of the bus."

"Re: Stacks" by Bon Iver
Though Bon Iver's lyrics might not always make sense, the feelings behind this song fit the load that Eleanor has been carrying in her life.

"Wildfire" by Seafret
Perhaps more of a song for both Eleanor and Park, but it describes their love, especially from Eleanor's point of view: "I needed sunshine in the darkness burning out."

"Kiss of Life" by Friendly Fires
From Rowell's website: “When I was writing this book, I wanted to capture how it feels to love someone. You love them with your head. And then you love them with everything else. When they’re with you, you vibrate. When they’re gone, you ache. This song does both.”

"I Want To Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles
I imagine, as their relationship buds, Eleanor carefully allows herself to think this about Park; especially when she finally lets her guard down around him. Plus, you know Eleanor loves the Beatles.

"Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division
Park puts this on a tape for Eleanor, and later on the bus, her and Park discuss the song at depth, ending with Eleanor saying "I just want to break that song into pieces...and love them all to death."

"Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane
For the car ride to Minnesota--though her situation was never simple, Eleanor's love for Park was something she could rely on, but she knew that leaving might mean the end of their relationship.

"Say It To Me Now" by Glen Hansard
I imagine this song fits Eleanor when she's finally able to escape her stepfather, and becomes radio silent for Park. Perhaps she's looking for a sign, for when she finally feels ready to open up that door again. But, that will remain a mystery, unless we get a sequel to this wonderful book.

This definitely makes me want to pick up this book and read it again; flipping through it, I forgot how much good music is mentioned between the pages. Might have to be placed in my TBR pile. But anyway, enjoy! :)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Carry On

“You have to pretend you get an endgame. You have to carry on like you will; otherwise, you can't carry on at all.” 
-Rainbow Rowell, Carry On

When I started this book, I wasn't expecting it to suck me into that black hole that sucks you in when you've found a truly amazing story. I've loved every single thing that I've read by Rainbow Rowell, and this book was no exception. The moment I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. Simon and Baz and the magical world that Rowell created and fully captured my attention.

Carry On is a spin-off novel from Rowell's last book, Fangirl, giving readers the context to the fanfiction that Cath writes in that book (also a phenomenal book, highly recommend). However, this book completely works as a stand alone book as well. Though this way Rowell's first foray into fantasy, and you can see the influence of Harry Potter (I mean, she used to write Harry Potter fanfiction, and who doesn't love Harry Potter anyway?), but I think it's different enough that you can't say that she completely copied her world from Rowling. The way magic is used in Simon and Baz's world is completely different than Harry's world. 

And oh my god, the characters. The dialogue. The descriptions. If there's anything that Rowell does uniquely well, it's these three things. Definitely had a book hangover after this book, because I just didn't want to stop reading about Simon, Baz, and Penny. Rowell slowly draws you into the story at the beginning, and once Baz enters the picture, you've lost all hope. The chemistry between Baz and Simon was magnificent, adorable, and shows Rowell's ability to write romantic relationships. 

All in all, I absolutely loved this book, and it's been awhile since I've read a book that I fell completely head over heels for. So go! Read it! And then go and read all of Rowell's other books too, because they are just as good.

5/5 stars.