Hi all! I hope you’ve all had a good week, since my last post, mine was mostly working, though I did enjoy getting back into two of my favourite London bookshops, Foyles and Waterstones Piccadilly when I was down there last week. I also got some really good news this week, I have an interview for a job on Friday, so I’m both excited and quite nervous about that.
Anyway, as it’s Tuesday (or at least it was when I was writing this!), I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is a freebie so I decided to do a spin-off topic from one I did last year and talk about Taylor Swift Songs That Would Make Good Books. Taylor Swift’s songs are so narratively driven anyway, that I thought it would be something super fun to come up with what books based on her songs would be about. So here we go, Taylor Swift Songs I Think Would Make Good Books (it was so hard to narrow this down to 10):
- Mary’s Song
I feel like this is an obvious one because it’s a quintessential childhood friends to lovers romance story. I think this would start with Mary and her husband as they are at the end of the song, in their eighties, and then flashback to the beginning of their story and we could see them grow up together and slowly fall in love over the years. I even imagine that Mary’s husband would be a musician and part of the story would involve him actually writing a song for her.
2. The Lucky One
I like to think of this as a dual POV story, as the song refers to both Taylor and an unnamed “you”, a previous star who rejected fame for a simpler life. So I think the book would follow both timelines, one set in the sixties (as the main character in The Lucky One is referred to as a sixties queen) and one set in the modern day, with the young girl becoming intrigued with the mystery of what happened to the sixties starlet after she dropped out of public life and being determined to find her, all whilst struggling with her own rise to fame.
3. All Too Well
This one was a no brainer, the narrative is laid out right there in the song, so it basically does all the work for me. I think this would start at the end, so we’d see the woman post breakup, and then flashback to the beginning, so we could see them meeting and falling in love, the happier days of the relationship, and subsequently see how everything fell apart, bringing it back to the beginning. Though I know this would be a deviation from the narrative of the song, I’d love the story to end with the guy returning the red scarf to her, as a symbol of them both moving on.
4. champagne problems
Again, the narrative is so built into this song, I think it almost tells itself. This is another one where I feel the flashback device would work well (I know I’ve been using that a lot in this, but I feel like Taylor Swift’s songs just lend themselves quite well to it!), we’d start with the obviously devastated man in the train carriage, and then we’d go back in time to see what led to him being there: him meeting his almost fiance in college, the development of their romance, and finally we’d build to the moment that she rejects him. I’d also want this told entirely from his POV, which I know is strange because the song is from hers, but I think it makes more sense, because the beauty of the song is that he’s never going to know exactly why she rejected him, whereas if it was from her POV, you kind of lose that. But to be honest it could probably work from either perspective, you could start with her leaving and the flashbacks would work the same way. It could even be done as a dual POV, so you get both their views on the situation! This song has so many layers, a book based on it could be done in several different ways!
5. no body, no crime
Again the narrative is right there! This is your classic murder revenge book. Again, I feel like I’d be inclined to start near the end, with a group of friends working to cover up a murder. Then we’d use our trusty old flashback, to where it all started, Este (would probably change the name, but for illustration purposes I’ll use it here) and Taylor (again illustration purposes) discuss Este’s husband’s infidelity and plan to take their revenge. We’d then build through Este’s murder, and the rest of the book would be devoted to the women planning and eventually carrying out the murder of Este’s husband. We’d then come back to the initial scene with the women cleaning up the crime scene, with the book ending on the arrest of the husband’s mistress.
6. You Belong With Me
I actually did a fanfic about this years back, when I was still in my Glee phase, about Finn and Rachel, so I’d probably cheat and follow a very similar template! The story for the song is pretty well laid out in the music video and I followed that pretty closely for my Glee fanfic, so I think I’d do the same here, but just build more of a backstory in, so we’d start with the couple as kids, see them grow closer as neighbours and friends, and then when they’re teenagers, the girl realises her feelings for the boy, but he’s dating another girl. It would end much like the music video with the climactic scene where they both reveal to each other that they’ve been in love for years, and end up together.
This is actually also a cheat because I started writing a short story based on this song years ago whilst I was in the creative writing society at my Uni. This story would be the story of a woman recovering from being in an abusive relationship, the idea being that the story would centre around this woman as she’s packing up her ex’s belongings, and we’d flash back between the past and present, seeing her journey dealing with her trauma of getting out of this relationship in the present and in the past seeing what led the moment we find her in at the beginning of the book. I can so picture the last scene being her taking his belongings to be donated or something, and it starts to rain and she just stands there allowing the rain to wash over her.
8. mad woman
All of folklore could probably be on this list because they’re basically designed to be little stories within song, but I think mad woman was the one that I’d be most intrigued to see as a book because it could go so many different ways. The song talks about a woman who has been outcasted by her town and wants revenge on them, and I guess I’d want a book about it to explore the why? What did the town to do her to make her so angry? How did she get revenge on her town? I don’t have a specific idea for how I think the book would go, because I think it could go many different directions honestly!
9. Cornelia Street
Cornelia Street is quite an interesting song to think about as a book, because it’s less about events that happen and more about what she’s hoping won’t happen. This one would start as the song does, with the couple meeting in the bar, and returning to the apartment, and follow them through their relationship and the memories they make together.
10. Getaway Car
Okay I know this would be taking the song extremely literally, and that it’s not about actual criminals, but I think this would be super fun as a kind of Good Girls (the tv show) style story. It would revolve around a woman, bored in her marriage, who accidentally gets roped into a life of crime and runs away with a criminal, and the book would detail all of their criminal capers. Taking the title very literally, and not really using the contents of the song, but for me, this would be more fun! Also you can kind of tie the rebound relationship which Getaway Car actually talks about in here, because essentially she would be rebounding from her stagnant marriage into the life of crime, and eventually, as happens in the song, the relationship and her new life would burn itself out.
So there we go, those are 10 Taylor Swift Songs That I Think Would Make Good Books. Honestly you could use so many of her songs as the basis for stories though, the narratives of her lyrics is one of the reasons why I love her so much! Would you read any of these? What Taylor Swift songs do you think would make good books? Let me know in the comments!
I’ll be back next Tuesday (and I have Tuesday off next week, so it WILL BE TUESDAY, I promise!), and the topic is Bookish Pet Peeves, I have done this topic before but it was content related, so this time I think I’m going to go for more Reader Pet Peeves, as I can definitely come up with a lot of those!