Friday, 26 September 2014

Unmade Blog Tour: Sarah Rees Brennan's Playlist!


I'm not going to post an Unmade synopsis here because I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't yet read Unspoken and Untold. I will say that it's out now in the UK and is published by Simon and Schuster Children's Books, who we all know publish excellent stuff.

If you haven't read anything by Sarah Rees Brennan yet, what are you waiting for? Check her out and enjoy the music. Thanks to SRB for this post!


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Unmade Playlist

The sharp knife of a short life,
oh well I’ve had just enough time

-- If I Die Young, The Band Perry

(You don’t put a magic sacrificial knife on the mantelpiece without using it: the main characters of this story are very young, and facing death, and they are not all going to make it.)

Since your history of silence
Won’t do you any good
Did you think it would
Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?

--Brave, Sara Bareilles

(The Lynburn Legacy series is about a legacy of silence, a tradition of keeping quiet in the face of power. I wanted to talk about words as powerful, which is why my heroine is a journalist: I wanted to talk about breaking the chain of secrets.)

Long live all the magic we made
And bring on all the pretenders, I’m not afraid
Long live all the mountains we moved
I had the time of my life fighting dragons with you

--Long Live, Taylor Swift

(I love Taylor Swift, it’s no secret! I liked this one because it’s about unity, teamwork, magic and fighting against the odds. Which all seemed to fit. Magic should be a team effort!)

Some say you’re crazy
Say that you’re no good
Say your family’s cursed with bad blood…

--You’re The One, Tracy Chapman

(A lot of songs are about the uncertainty of love, and I like that this one is about being certain: about trusting your perceptions of who you love and who you have chosen: ‘I think you’re funny and I like your smile.’)

I wish that I could fight the war for you
I’m always on your side
If I could trade places, you know I would

--Lighting Fires, Ronan Keating

(Callback to Unspoken! But also about fighting, and wishing you could take burdens from those you love and not being able to: only being able to be there for them.)

When everything I was is lost
I have forgot but you have not
When I am lost, you have not lost me

--Crawl (Carry Me Through), Superchick

(At the start of the series, I wanted to talk about how love can’t define you as an individual, but as we come to the end I wanted to talk about how it can help define you… being able to depend on people is not being always dependent on them. The ones who love us, know us, and the ones who love us best remind us of who we are when we need it most.)

Stay, I’ve been loving you for quite some time
No-one else is gonna love me when I get mad

--Stay Stay Stay, Taylor Swift

(Two Taylor songs! No waiting! Angry ladies are kind of great: I liked seeing the celebration of loving one, and thought that fit in well too!)

I believe that tomorrow is stronger than yesterday
And I believe that your head is the only thing in your way
I wish you could see your scars turn into beauty
I believe that today it’s okay to be not okay

--I Believe- Christina Perri

(The past, and the way we suffered in it, counts: but I do believe that it does not count as much as the present and the future, that who we were is but a part of the greatness of who we might become.)

We’ve got all the stuff to break all of the rules, yeah 
We’ve got all the stuff to mess all of you up

--Mad Love, Neon Trees

(It seemed nice to end on a joyful note: of love as fun as well as salvation, the thing that gets us back on our feet and brings us up swinging.)

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