Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a topic and encourage fellow bloggers to list their own top ten answers. This week’s prompt is the Top Ten Books I’ve Give A Theme Song To! I found this one was definitely tougher than last week’s, but here goes nothing!
1. American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis + “Hip to Be Square” by Huey Lewis and the News
I almost feel like this is cheating, since Patrick Bateman himself obsesses over so many ’80s bands and singers. But the juxtaposition of this song and Bateman’s casual killing will never stop being creepy. It ruined the song for me!
2. Dogfight, a Love Story, by Matt Burgess + “Se Acabo (It’s Over)” by the Beatnuts
A slightly obscure book paired with an obscure song (if you aren’t familiar with Chicano and Latino rap). I lived in the Queens neighborhood described in this book, as did one of the members of the Beatnuts, and their old school song reminds me of those times.
3. The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien + “Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin
Again, this is cheating: Led Zeppelin actually wrote this song about The Lord of the Rings trilogy, directly referencing Gollum and Mordor. I remember thinking that was the coolest thing ever when I heard the song for the first time in high school! My cheating doesn’t detract from the awesomeness of the song, nor the beauty of Tolkien’s tale. I regret nothing!
4. Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen + “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
I just thought the titles (and focus on birds!) was too funny not to pass up. Additionally, the constant refrain of “this bird you cannot change” dovetailed nicely with Walter’s obsessions (with Patty, with overpopulation, with birds), and Patty’s inability to stop loving Richard. Ah, what a great book.
5. Tree of Smoke, by Denis Johnson + “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix
A dense and complex novel about the Vietnam War, alongside a ’60s anthem. Johnson delves into the utter confusion and chaos of the war, and Hendrix’s lyrics mirror that disorientation. I also couldn’t resist the smoky, hazy allusions.
6. The Last Werewolf, by Glen Duncan + “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Self-explanatory! I love werewolves so much I have a playlist dedicated to them, and this is one of my favorite songs. Similarly, Duncan’s novel is an innovative take on traditional werewolf tales, and one of my favorite reads from last year.
7. The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton + “Rebellion (Lies)” by Arcade Fire
Oh man. This book made me have an emotional breakdown–even worse than unrequited love is a love that cannot exist because of societal mores. I paired this with one of the sadder Arcade Fire songs, specifically for the refrain of “every time you close your eyes (lies, lies)”–I imagine Archer had many painful dreams about the Countess.
8. The Millennium Trilogy, by Steig Larsson + “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyonce
Lisbeth is so badass, I had to match her up with another badass lady of the music world: Beyonce! Everyone knows Lisbeth was the real hero of these books, and like Beyonce says, “rules this motherf—–.”
9. A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin + “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga
I’m being a bit tongue-in-cheek here, but anyone who’s read the first book knows how underhanded nearly every character is. Motivations are hidden, secret plots and alliances abound, and unraveling one thread makes the entire tapestry fall apart. And it only gets worse from there! Though I had Littlefinger (HATE HIM) in mind for this song, it also works for Cersei, Tyrion, Jaime, and even Arya, Dany, and Catelyn. If your opponents in the game of thrones can read your poker face, you’re as good as dead.
10. The Twilight Series, by Stephanie Meyer + “Stupid Ho” by Nicki Minaj
This is totally meant to be a joke! My humor can be a little…salty…at times, so please don’t get too angry at me if you enjoyed the books, and the character of Bella Swan in particular. (It’s also the only entry where I paired a book series I didn’t enjoy with an artist I do enjoy.) Anyway, I found Bella to be the worst kind of literary “heroine”–overly dependent on men, emotional to the point of stupidity, and willing to give up her friends/family/career/life for a hunky dude. Very regressive and not a great role model for youth. In my humble opinion, Nicki tells it like it is.
That’s my list! Feel free to share your own in the comments here, or over at The Broke and the Bookish!