In some books, music plays a big role and is almost like a character. What do you think about music in books?
I can think of a couple of books where music plays (pun intended) an important role. In If I Stay, it is music that drives our main characters and music that ultimately is a deciding factor in whether Mia stays or not. The sequel Where She Went includes a quote from Adam’s songs at the beginning of each chapter. Then there’s Will Grayson, Will Grayson, where the musical being written by Tiny is central to the plot. In these books, and many others I’m sure, music is like one of the characters. Without it, a huge piece of the story is missing; but with it, the story shines. I think music goes hand in hand with with reading, with arts-based-learning being a teaching strategy and all. Some authors listen to specific music when they write, to set the mood and tone they are wanting. Some readers listen to specific types of music when reading specific types of books. So when those intersect inside the plot of a book, I’m a fan.
Yeah. What Julie said.
There are characters who are musicians like Kellen Kyle from the Thoughtless series, or Jet from the Marked Men series, or Ridge from Maybe Someday. There are characters who are really into music like Charlie from Perks of Being a Wallflower or Eleanor and Park from, yes, Eleanor and Park, or Zach from Armada who plays his father’s old arcade playlist to battle the aliens. And I’ve noticed more and more authors listing book playlists in books, and on their websites. Jay Crownover is great with this. Her playlists are excellent examples of an author matching music to characters. I’ve listened to author playlists while reading, especially the music to Maybe Someday. It was written specifically for the book. I think music and books fit well together. And authors should continue integrating the two.