Name that Tune!

So remember that Nicholas Sparks movie, The Lucky One? It came out in 2012, starring Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black). The movie itself was a pretty standard romantic drama, certainly not the best Sparks’ movie, but certainly there are enough swoonworthy scenes to warm you up on a cold night (Zac Efron’s six-pack certainly doesn’t distract from the film’s plot). Anyways, about a week after I saw the movie, a song that got stuck in my head – or a few lines of a song – and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out where the song came from. The only words in my head were “Count me in” with the melody of the song, and for whatever reason I kept thinking of showering. Well, luckily for my sanity, I figured it out. You know that scene, from The Lucky One, where Taylor Schilling’s character finally realizes that Zac Efron is crazy attractive and living in her freakin’ guest house so she goes to do something about it – and he happens to be rinsing off in the outdoor shower. If you don’t know what scene I’m talking about, head over to Youtube – I can wait.

I’ve discovered some of my favorite songs – or at least, most romantic songs – from movies and TV shows with great soundtracks and those tracks where you associate a particularly romantic moment with them. The Vampire Diaries is particularly good at pulling together a romantic scene with just the right song. The first time Damon really kisses Elena, “Never Let Me Go” by Florence and the Machine help build the moment to the perfect combination of tension and desire, pure heat and a little bit of desperation. Both “Kiss Me” and “Give Me Love” by Ed Sheeran were also played on Vampire Diaries during particularly romantic moments. I could go on… but I’ll get back to the point of this post.

Using music to resonate in books is a little trickier. You don’t want to use something too trendy, or the reference will feel dated or too forced. You don’t necessarily want to make up a band, or a song, because then the reader won’t really be able to relate. However, when used in the right way I think it can add an extra layer of meaning to the scene. Colleen Hoover does a great job of using The Avett Brothers and their music to compliment the relationship in her novel Slammed. Another book that had me going back to iTunes regularly: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour. And one more book that would have an awesome soundtrack (if they did that kind of thing for books): This Song Will Save Your Life.

So readers, do you have a romantic song you’re currently swooning over? Or is there a song you associate with a particularly romantic moment in a movie, TV show or book? Let me know in the comments below so I can go check it out!

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