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TGIF: Song to Book Adaptation

April 13, 2012

And now it is Friday! A glorious day! The day that ends this crazy week in which many THINGS occurred, but which are going to stay vague for awhile. (Sorry.)

It is also the day that Cabin in the Woods comes out. This is very exciting for me since I basically worship at the throne of Joss Whedon. (He would probably find that creepy. But. Whatever.)

However, Ginger at GReads! has a fun little question this week:

Musical Stories: If you could read a book about any song, which song would you love to see written down in story form?

Boy howdy, did this sucker throw me for a loop. I feel like songwriting and fiction writing are very similar and very, very different. Telling a story via song is obviously shorter and, you know, rhymier. But songs can be very evocative and very moving and wholly engrossing by themselves.

Anyway, my immediately gut reaction was to pick a Bob Dylan or Josh Ritter song. But then I realized that those songs are so gorgeous and perfect as they are, that an extended version of it would probably take away the simplicity that makes me love those songs so much.

So that left me with other options. I flirted with The Ballad of Love and Hate and  Murder in the City by The Avett Brothers, Heavy in Your Arms by Florence + the Machine, Tuesday Morning by Michelle Branch, and Dust Bowl Dance by Mumford & Sons, but decided those fall into the All Things Perfect By Themselves Category. (Although. Something “inspired by” any of those songs would be ACE.)

So finally I settled on . . .

Die Alone by Ingrid Michaelson is one of my faves. It’s haunting and sparse, but, in the end, is all about the moment a girl learns to trust her heart. And while there isn’t anything earth-shattering in that premise, I think that if a book could retain the tone of the song, it would kick a whole lot of ass. And I would absolutely read the hell out of it.

So I hope that everyone had a lovely week that wasn’t too stressful and that you have a fabulous weekend of whatever you need planned.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2012 1:30 AM

    I never heard this song before. Thanks for saring this with us! 🙂

  2. April 13, 2012 10:12 PM

    Great picks! Ingrid is so fantastic, and I also would love anything inspired by a Florence song. I very nearly picked Heavy in Your Arms for my pick this week!

    New follower, BTW!

  3. April 13, 2012 8:06 PM

    This is the first time I have heard this song. It is truly a very pretty song, thanks for sharing! I agree that it would make a great book!

    Darlene @ Leather Bound and Lovely

  4. April 13, 2012 11:40 AM

    This is a great song!!! Never heard it before, thanks for sharing 🙂

    La Toya (La Toya, Literally)

  5. April 13, 2012 10:01 AM

    I discovered Ingrid Michaelson not to long ago and I really like her “Turn to Stone” and “Parachute” songs a lot. I’ve never heard of this one before but it sounds just as good as all her othes. Thanks

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