Hello people, today we have with us Marissa Meyer who will talk to us about the music behind the awesome Cinder.
You know how when you have a crush on someone, every song on the radio makes you think of them? It doesn’t matter how obscure the lyrics are, your head is so filled with thoughts of that person, it can magically take every song and make it about you and them, as if the songwriter had written it for you personally.
Well, that’s how it is for me when I’m falling in love with a story too. When I’m in that madly passionate new-story mode, the songs I hear tend to seep into my subconscious and become about my book and its characters, even if they’re only tenuously related.
As time goes on and I come to my senses, a lot of those inspiration songs fall to the wayside, as I gradually realize the lyrics don’t relate after all. But there are always those that rise to the top and will forever make me think of a particular chapter or character. Those songs earn a permanent spot on the book’s playlist.
Here are five songs that will forever make me think of Cinder.
Sick Cycle Carousel by Lifehouse
“I tried to earn my way, I tried to tame this mind,
You better believe that I am trying to beat this.”
I can’t say what the songwriter for Lifehouse was thinking when he wrote this song (I assume it has to do with relationship troubles), but it always makes me think of Cinder’s relationship with her adoptive stepmother. Cinder wants to belong in the family, she wants to be accepted, and for years she’s gone out of her way to earn Adri’s love. But of course, the harder she tries, the further away Adri pushes her—a sick cycle, indeed.
Meet Me On the Equinox by Death Cab for Cutie
“As we walk in the dimming light, oh, darling, understand,
That everything, everything ends.”
However one feels about the Twilight movies, I maintain that they have some killer soundtracks, and this song grabbed me from the first time I heard it. It has this thought-provoking mixture of optimism tempered by that one line: “everything, everything ends.” This is how I think Cinder and Kai feel, though at different parts of the story—as they grow closer together, it becomes more and more obvious that whatever they have, it’ll eventually have to end.
All These Things That I’ve Done by The Killers
“While everyone’s lost, the battle is won,
With all these things that I’ve done.”
This is one of those songs that carried me through Cinder and is gradually carrying me through the rest of the series as well. I have a feeling I’ll be rocking out to it when I send Book Four off to my editor, too—there’s just something about it that I find very powerful and particularly great for those epic climaxes. Although The Killers’ lyrics tend to baffle me, I see this song as being about asking for help when it’s needed, and that when people join together they can accomplish great things. I suspect that will be an ongoing theme throughout The Lunar Chronicles.
The Scientist by Coldplay
“Questions of science, science and progress,
Don’t speak as loud as my heart.”
This is one of my all-time favorite songs, and I’ve found myself crying more than once as I’ve listened to it (don’t judge). I’ll try not to give too much away, but these days the song reminds me of how Cinder might be feeling toward the end of the book and wondering how things might have been different if she hadn’t kept so many secrets from the start.
Resistance by Muse
“Love is our resistance.
They’ll keep us apart and they won’t stop breaking us down.”
Oh—Muse. Muse, Muse, Muse. Roughly a third of the songs on my Lunar Chronicles playlist are by Muse, and it was tough choosing one to best represent Book One: Cinder, but I’m going to have to go with “Resistance.” Throughout the novel, both Cinder and Kai attempt to fight against the Queen Levana and the Lunars, though with varying degrees of success. I love the idea that of all things, “love” is the best resistance, even when it must be kept hidden.
If any readers know of songs that they feel represent Cinder, I would love to hear them.
Thanks so much, Nafiza, for being a part of the Cinder Blog Tour!
Glad to have you here, Marissa! The other blogs in this tour are listed below. Check them out for more Cinder goodness.
(Taken from Marissa’s blog:)
Monday 1/2: http://www.intergalactic-academy.net/
Tuesday 1/3: http://basicallyamazing.blogspot.com/
Wednesday 1/4: http://www.thebookrat.com/
Thursday 1/5: http://www.readingvacation.net/
Friday 1/6: http://www.workingforthemandroid.com/
Saturday 1/7: http://apocalypsies.blogspot.com/
Monday 1/9: http://www.mybookishways.com/
Tuesday 1/10: http://bookalicio.us
Wednesday 1/11: http://mermaidvision.wordpress.com/
Thursday 1/12: http://bookmigik.blogspot.com/
Friday 1/13: http://www.mangamaniaccafe.com
Saturday 1/14: http://abackwardsstory.blogspot.com/
Monday 1/16: http://www.laurasreviewbookshelf.com/
Tuesday 1/17: http://thebookwurrm.wordpress.com/
Wednesday 1/18: http://www.thebookcellarx.com/
Thursday 1/19: http://www.almostgrownup.net
Friday 1/20: http://ramblingsofawannabescribe.blogspot.com/
Saturday 1/21: http://www.novelnovice.com