Happy Halloween, Misfiteers!!
We hope you're having a Spooktacular (I know overused, no?) Halloween! Resident Contest Queen and AWESOME author Brenda Drake is here to share her playlist for her upcoming AMAZING YA novel LIBRARY JUMPERS!! It's great. So grab your pumpkins and candy and get ready for some Halloween mayhem!!
Mua ha ha ha... here's Brenda!
Happy Halloween, everyone! I’m dressed up like Gia my main character in LIBRARY JUMPERS to celebrate. She's also a Sentinel (magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across gateway books).
To me, a story is incomplete unless there is a playlist for it. Full of songs that inspire and enrich the words and emotions that made it onto the page. The songs bring to life the emotions of the journey the story takes the reader on, where everything is a little more frightening or sweeter because it accompanies the story so magically.
The LIBRARY JUMPERS’ playlist starts with Augustana’s Boston. It’s more Marietta’s story than her daughter Gia’s story. The lyrics, “In the light of the sun. Is there anyone? Oh, it has begun. Oh dear, you look so lost. Your eyes are red, the tears are shed. This world you must have crossed…” fit Marietta’s flight from danger to Boston so perfectly.
The lyrics in Jump by Madonna, “Are you ready to jump? Get ready to jump. Don't ever look back, oh baby. Yes, I'm ready to jump. Just take my hand. Get ready to jump…” represents Gia’s jump through the gateway books.
Half Way Gone by Lighthouse represents Gia’s frustration with Arik and how he seems to be into her but resists. Lyrics like, “I'm hanging on but growing cold…” and “'Cause you're halfway in, but don't take too long.’Cause I'm halfway gone…” fit the struggle between them.
The only part of Katy Perry’s Lost that fits the story is how Gia feels completely lost even though everything feels familiar to her. The lyrics that start the song doesn’t represent Gia at all because she’d never be “face down in the porcelain,” but the rest of the song totally does. Lyrics like, “Is there a light at the end of the road?” and “Have you ever been so lost? Known the way and still so lost? Another night waiting for someone to take me home…” really bring out the feeling of being lost.
And, of course, there must be a song on the list that represents the first kiss and who better to sing it than Enrique Iglesias with Could I Have This Kiss Forever. Yum! My heart melts with lyrics like, “You are all I desire. You have captured me … Could I hold you close beside me? Could I hold you for all time? Could I have this kiss forever…”
Erica will be happy with You Found Me by The Fray since she’s Team Bastien. It’s Bastien’s anthem to Gia. Again not all the lyrics fit but lyrics like, “Lost and insecure, you found me, you found me. Lying on the floor surrounded, surrounded …” and “But in the end, everyone ends up alone. Losing her, the only one who's ever known. Who I am, who I'm not and who I wanna be. No way to know how long she will be next to me…”
When all seems lost and the end is near, Waiting for the End by Linkin Park fits Gia’s mood with lyrics like, “Waiting for the end to come, wishing I had strength to stand. This is not what I had planned. It's out of my control . . .”
And when Gia longs for her life before jumping into the gateway, there’s Home by Foo Fighters with such moving lyrics like, “Wish I were with you but I couldn't stay. Every direction leads me away. Pray for tomorrow but for today. All I want is to be home…”
I end the playlist with Breathe Again by Sara Bareilles for when Gia believes she knows who she loves with lyrics like, “All I have, all I need. He's the air I would kill to breathe. Holds my love in his hands. Still I'm searching . . .”
Thank you, Erica and the YA Misfits, for having me on your blog today to share the LIBRARY JUMPERS playlist. I hope you all enjoyed it. What song inspires your writing?