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[originally posted on wbdteenfest.com for World Book Day 2015]
There are certain songs out there that I think perfectly encapsulate some of the characters and moods from Fearsome Dreamer and The Illusionists, either through lyrics or atmosphere.
So here's a few I've come up with (and let's just say it, you're about to get a veeery insightful look into my musical taste and thus my soul.)
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'Right Where It Belongs' - Nine Inch Nails
I couldn't not include this as I have a quote from it in Fearsome Dreamer :)
'What if all the world you think you knowIs an elaborate dream?'
'Never Land' - Sisters of Mercy
Listen to the extended version, not the fragment, and I defy you not to feel like you just slipped into a world made of dark dreams. Moody and gorgeous.
'With our backs to the skyAnd our eyes on the groundWith the clouds far belowNo horizon aroundWith the wind in our faceAnd our arms open wideWe shall pass through this placeTo the other side'
'Halcyon' - Orbital
To me this sounds like the moment that Cho takes to the sky as a bird. This song gives me real joy.
'Came Back Haunted' - Nine Inch Nails
A perfect description of surviving a trip to the Castle.
'I don't believe itI had to see itI came back hauntedI came back haunted
I said goodbye but II had to tryI came back haunted'
'Glorybox' - Portishead
Captures the sexual maturity but emotional immaturity of Rue. Also happens to be one of the hottest songs of all time.
'Give me a reason to love youGive me a reason to be a womanI just wanna be a woman'
'Diamond Eyes' - Deftones
Such an epic, romantic, hopeful song. The lyrics are particularly heartbreaking if you've read all the way to the end of The Illusionists, I think ...
'Time will see us realignDiamonds rain across the skyShower me into the same realm'
'Angry Chair' - Alice in Chains
Captures the dark, angry core of Wren that he hides so successfully from the world. Also, frankly, the guitars in this are goosebump-ingly fantastic.
'Sitting on an angry chairAngry walls that steal the airStomach hurts and I don't care'
'Better Than Love' - Hurts
Frith doesn't believe in love. He believes in manipulation...
'Another second in the sunshine,A decade in the dark taking part in a dream.Have you forgotten what he looks like?Or do you only see what you want to believe?Does it feel better than love?'
'How Soon Is Now?" - The Smiths
... but a part of him wants to believe in love.
'You shut your mouthHow can you sayI go about things the wrong way?I am human and I need to be lovedJust like everybody else does.'
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