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June 1st Topic Description:
Songs you associate with different books, whether it's because of the lyrics matching the story, the tone fits the story, or just because you listened to it a lot while reading that particular book
- Leave Out All the Rest (2007)
Mistborn Book One: The Final Empire
By Brandon Sanderson (2006)
The specific connection I want to make here is between the song and the character Kelsier. It's essentially his anthem. Kelsier comes from a past where he was a thief lord scamming to make a life for himself in a world that would otherwise have kept him enslaved.
From there he became a prisoner in the Lord Ruler's work camp, The Pits of Hathsin, a place which should have killed him by either harsh labor, or impossible odds, and yet, he emerges as an extremely powerful Mistborn instead.
"Don't be afraid
I've taken my beating
I've shared what I've made"
You can tell that there was quite frequent murdering of the nobility in Kelsier's past. And there is quite a bit more of it during the time span of this book. When he takes on the job of destroying the Lord Ruler's empire, he adds the death of the Lord Ruler to the list without any hesitation.
This man is more than capable when it comes to destruction. Many people die by his hand directly or as the result of the things he puts into motion. He did not intend to become the Survivor of Hathsin, but he knows what sacrifices must be made in order to get the job done.
"When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some
Reasons to be missed"
Linkin Park's particular brand of 'New Rock' mixes electronic music with traditional metal instruments. This song also happens to be their version of a rock ballad. The mixing of electronic and rock gives it a mechanical sound, which creates the perfect atmosphere for the industrious world of the Mistborn Universe.
"And don't resent me
And when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory
Leave out all the rest
Leave out all the rest"
The ballad aspect, along with the lyrics, give the song a melancholic feel. As if it is at once being sung from the moments leading up to death, and from beyond the grave.
Kelsier leaves his crew behind and some of them have a hard time with that, struggling with both feelings of resentment and abandonment.
Kelsier comes a long way from where he began. He was changed by the experience and by the people on his crew, especially Vin. In the end Kelsier is just a man, but one whose memory gives hope to all. He truly can be called a hero, you just have to be willing to, you know... "leave out all the rest."
Disclosure Ft. Lorde
- Magnets (2015)
The Bone Season
By Samantha Shannon (2013)
I am going to have less specific details to say about this one because I read The Bone Season three years ago when it was first released. It is unfortunately not one of my favorite books, but it has a plot and romantic interest which still intrigues me. Because you know, one of my reading hobbies is actually conspiracy theories & alternate histories, in which I have read a bit about inter-dimensional reptilian entities who vampiraclly feed off of human consciousness...
It's a fascinating theory, and Samantha Shannon has managed to write a love story between a human and one of these such beings, the Rephaite. It's that forbidden relationship which I am relating back to the song.
"Let's embrace the point of no return"
Okay, so if I've not lost you yet, I commend you on your ability to suspend belief.
Nineteen year old Paige is a 'Dreamwalker' in a city in which possessing psychic abilities is illegal. She gets caught, and taken away to the secret base on the grounds of Oxford where these inter-dimensional beings are both feeding off of, and training, the prisoners.
"Never really felt bad about it
As we drank deep from a lie
Cause I felt melting magnets babe
The second I saw you through half shut eyes"
If I am remembering correctly, there were a few scenes which dealt with drinking magical vials of some sort, and fighting not to pass out from psychic overexertion. During which, Paige would be describing her surroundings through half shut eyes.
"He was talking,
I was wondering 'bout
You and that girl,
she your girlfriend?"
Warden, the Rephaite love interest, also happens to be the consort to the leader of the Rephaite, so him falling for Paige is actually even more messy.
"Uh-oh, dancin' past the point of no return
Let go, we can free ourselves of all we've learned
I love this secret language that we're speaking"
The second they decide to get together it puts both their lives in danger. The relationship is truly forbidden by both Rephaite and human standards and if they are found out it would mean death for the two of them, as well as, the immediate end for all that they have planned for the world. So they are dancing way past "the point of no return."
- Ultraviolet (2008)
Keeper of the Lost Cities: Exile (book 2)
By Shannon Messenger (2013)
This song, is great. It is super upbeat and fun. I've loved it ever since I first heard it. But I must admit that it is a super dramatic love anthem, with a juvenile sounding pop-rock delivery. And that! That is what makes it the perfect song for Keeper of the Lost Cities:Exile. The second book in an awesome, and pretty mature, middle-grade novel series.
I could picture all the students at Foxfire Academy rocking out to it. But more interestingly, perhaps, would be if Keefe (the guy on the cover) were in a band, and singing it about Sophie (the girl on the cover).
Keefe totally has that whole messy hair...
hates his parents...
but with a heart of gold...
young-teenage-boy-equivalent-of-a-bad-boy routine going for him. And I would say that the next logical step in that character progression would be for him to front a high energy pop-rock band.
Beyond just how perfectly the vibe of the song fits the novel, the lyrics are dam appropriate too.
"Your light is ultraviolet"
In this fantasy series the people (who are elves) use a magic system that incorporates crystals and light. Different crystals bend the light to do different things, such as 'light-leaping', which is their teleportation. There are also different types of light harvested. For example, the light of different stars in the universe.
"Visions so insane
Travel unraveling through my brain"
The noble class of Elves all manifest different abilities: telepathy, empathy, technopathy, inflicting, ect... so it would not be unlikely for anyone to have insane visions.
Also, an interesting aspect to this series is that the brain of an Elf is very susceptible to psychosis. Due to this, the health status of ones mind is a frequent concern of the characters. And there are even some characters whose minds have unraveled due to one reason or another.
"Thought we're safe but we're dangling
and it's too far to survive the fall"