Play lists for novels. Do you get it?
Well, I guess I do. I’m thinking that creating a playlist for a novel is an offshoot of soundtracks for movies. And I totally understand that there can be many aspects of a novel that can remind a person (writer or reader) of a certain song. But when a novelist creates a playlist for their work, does it contain songs that inspired them during the writing process of that particular novel? Or does it contain songs that are meant to “enhance the experience” of reading the novel? If that’s the case, I almost feel like the playlist is trying to take away a little of my own inner emotion or imagination when reading the book – just like when characters in the book are “cast” for the movie (ie: if such-and-such book were made into a movie, who would play the main characters?) I’m being told what to hear and see when I read the book. I will forever be emotionally damaged that Bella Swan now looks and acts like Kristen Stewart in my head (blech!).
Yeah, I read Twilight and liked it. My inner, angsty-teenager is fodder for a different blog entry.
What do you think of playlists? Does it enhance the reading experience? Make you think of the book differently than you did before you heard it? Do you look forward to a playlist or avoid them at all costs?