Hey, y’all, it’s Lila! I’m back again with a new segment of The Book Theme Meme, an original book blog meme (created by Yours Truly) which celebrates books and music. The gist of this meme is that once a month, you pair a book with a song and tell us why you think they go together (🎵like rama-lama-lama-da-hippity-dip-de-dot!🎵…hey, don’t look at me like that! this is a musical book blog meme after all! btw, ten points to your Hogwarts house if you can tell me what that’s from lol)! Here are the rules…
- Link back to the creator (me, Lila @ Hardcover Haven)
- Choose a book or book series.
- Choose a song you feel like represents the book (fyi: it doesn’t have to have words, it can be classical or a score).
- Post the book/series and the song.
- Tell us what about the song reminds you of the book. Is it a particular lyric/s? Is it the general feeling of the song? Explain a little.
- Your posts should go up on the second Thursday of each month
- Leave a link to your post in the comments of my monthly post so we can find your post!
So now that you know the rules, let’s get this party started! *hums “Let’s Get It Started” by The Black Eyed Peas*…Wait. Y’all young’uns do remember that song, right? Please tell me you do…I’M NOT THAT OLD!!! *runs away sobbing*
This week I’ve chosen to feature Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones and I’ve paired it with Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful”…
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones // “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
She just wants to be beautiful
She goes unnoticed, she knows no limits
She craves attention, she praises an image
She prays to be sculpted by the sculptor
This entire section of verse reminds me of Liesl (the main character of Wintersong) so much! Throughout Wintersong, Liesl’s biggest, deepest desire is for someone to see her as beautiful, talented, important, and worthwhile.
Oh, she don’t see the light that’s shining
Deeper than the eyes can find it
This is more up to interpretation, but I think the lesson that Liesl has to learn is that beauty isn’t just skin deep, it comes from inside. But just like the girl in this song verse, Liesl has trouble understanding that.
But there’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark
You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are
These verses remind me of Liesl’s journey through The Underground with Der Erlkonig (The Goblin King). In the literal and figurative darkness of The Underground, Liesl finds a bit of hope and starts to realize that she’s beautiful just as she is.
She says beauty is pain and there’s beauty in everything
Again, this is a bit more abstract, but a big theme of Wintersong is love and darkness. Over her journey, Liesl kinda learns that love is painful. This line reminds me of that sentiment–that love is both beautiful and painful.
“…I could go a little while longer”, she fades away
This line is reminiscent of Liesl’s time in The Underground. She stays partly because she feels she has to and partly because she wants to and she tells herself she can bear it, but even still, the longer she stays The Underground, the more she fades away.
Listen to the Song
About The Book
Author: S. Jae-Jones
Goodreads Summary: Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.