If Your Book Were Music, Again

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.
This week’s topic:
If your WIP or favorite book were music, what song(s) would it be?
“Finding Kate” is a reimagining of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.”  Nick Lowe’s “Cruel To Be Kind” is just too damn easy.
Sadly, it’s not particularly accurate to my version of the story — or even Shakespeare’s.  What Petruchio (my Sir William) does, he does, as he says, out of “true and perfect love”:  out of a desire to help Kate transform herself from the shrew she has been forced to become while living in poisonous conditions with  her family into the witty, out-going, loving person he knows she truly is deep inside.  Theirs is not a twisted relationship; in fact, it’s the only healthy one in the story.  It just takes a while — and some unconventional courtship — to get there. 
A song that captures the essence of what I’m trying to do is Mumford and Sons’ “Sigh No More” for which *sigh* there is no official video. 
“Sigh No More” is the opening line of the song that repeats throughout “Much Ado About Nothing” (my next Shakespeare adaptation, publishing gods willing).  The Mumford and Sons song begins with Benedick’s comforting words to a troubled Beatrice:  “Serve God, love me, and mend.”  I went head over heels instantly.   
These lines from “Sigh No More” cut to the heart of all the Shakespeare’s romantic comedies.  
Love it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you, it will set you free
Be more like the man you were made to be
Or the woman.  For Shakespeare, it is only true love that reveals the true self.  THAT is the essence of “The Taming of the Shrew.”  THAT is the true story of my Kathryn and Sir William, and of Petruchio and Katherina.
Do you have a song or playlist for your novel or WIP?  Add to my comments below or head over to YA Highway:  We’d love for you to participate! 
I am reposting this because for some reason comments were disabled on my original post.  If you’d like to comment, it should work now.  I apologize for the inconvenience.
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3 Responses to If Your Book Were Music, Again

  1. Nisha says:

    My boyfriend who is a big Eagles’ fan loved one of my stories entitled “The Crossroad Inn” because he said it reminded him of Hotel California. He was almost convinced that I had written the story for the song(considering that I am not an Eagles’ fan this came across as quite absurd to me). I had to convince him otherwise.
    All I wanted to do was write a medieval tale about a young man who has a terrible experience in an English Inn/Tavern. I guess if Crossroad Inn ever gets made into a movie (I can dream can’t I?), we’ll know what the soundtrack will be: a medieval version of Hotel california with fiddles, lyres and harpsichords in tow!

    Your story of Petruchio and Katherina is so sweet. The tribute to the newly married royal couple, did they inspire you in some way?

    • The choice of Will and Kate was entirely coincidental. I had to change Petruchio’s name for my English version of the story and I didn’t like Peter or Patrick (I kept a “P” in Sir William’s family name). It took me a long time to decide what to call him, and in my first draft, he was Sir John. Then one of my critique readers said she didn’t like the association with “Jon & Kate” from the reality TV show and I agreed. She said, “What about Will, like Shakespeare? That way, his name is a pun in itself.” She didn’t realize the half of it: Shakespeare himself riffs on his name in the sonnets and she had handed me a goldmine of wordplay for my characters. It was only after I started making changes that I realized I had named my characters after the Prince and his (now, this very morning) Princess. I can only hope people will like the connection.

      Thanks for asking! 🙂

  2. Chrissy Prisco says:

    I love relating music to the books I read!

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