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September 03, 2013

Music and Books: Matching Your Favorite Songs With Your Favorite Books!

invisible Doesn’t everyone love a good dose of sci-fi every once in a while? I know I do! And with this month’s poster release being H.G. Wells’ amazing book The Invisible Man we can enjoy a nice measure of sci-fi fun all month long! I’d like to start things off with a bang by introducing a new theme: great music to listen to while reading your favorite novel. We all do it, and I’m sure at some point in your life you’ve imagined an amazing song serving as a great soundtrack should your beloved novel ever make its debut in film form. What makes sci-fi literature such a great genre to choose music for is that you can get pretty crazy and psychedelic with your choices if you want to. So here are three of my own picks for music that matches with my current top sci-fi book choices: 1. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card: I admit that I only read this book very recently – and picked it up mainly because I wanted to enjoy the novel before popping out to see the movie which is being released very soon. My soundtrack pick for this one is definitely Midnight City by M83. I mean hello, the band is named after a galaxy (relevance anyone?) and the music video features children doing extraordinary things – seems fitting for this particular book. 2. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells: Of course with our currently available War of the Worlds poster and The Time Machine poster and our soon to be released poster for The Invisible Man, you’ve probably assumed we’re big Wells’ fans. And you guessed correctly! In The Invisible Man, Wells perfectly combines horror and sci-fi to make a great story. Fever Ray's eerie song If I Had A Heart is frighteningly appropriate – both in message and tone. Just combine “If I Had A Heart” with The Invisible Man and many chills are sure to be had. 1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: If you follow our blog, you’ll know I’ve never been shy about expressing my love for this series. Although Douglas Adams’ books are filled with cross-galaxy hilarity and shenanigans, I’ve always found there to be a more serious and philosophical side to them as well. The Strokes' awesome song You Only Live Once is featured on their album titled First Impressions of Earth (do you see where I’m headed with this?) and takes a no-nonsense yet crazy look at the futility of worrying about things which in the end just aren’t that important in comparison to the bigger picture. I’d love to have our readers join in the discussion with a few suggestions of their own. So don’t be shy: share with us what songs you love to play when you’re reading that special novel. :)