Friday, February 18, 2011

Soundtracking (2)

huge thanks to ginger from greads! for this awesome graphic!

Soundtracking is something I pretty much do subconsciously. I listen to a TON of music and I read a TON of books. Somehow, the two just end up colliding. Movies have soundtracks, TV shows have soundtracks... why not books? I probably won't do this consistently... I guess whenever inspiration strikes :) Just a disclaimer that Soundtracking is potentially spoilery... but they're going to be pretty obvious spoilers, not big brain-busting spoilers.

I've been searching for an artist that I thought could do Jessica Darling justice. She is the cream of the crop as far as MCs go, in my opinion, with her smart, sardonic, witty voice. I love all of these things. Have I mentioned I also LOVE the relationship between Jessica and Marcus, as screwed up and twisted as it has been in the first three books? (You guys, I am HARDCORE afraid of finishing this series. I don't want it to be over. I'm totally in denial and prolonging it as much as I can.) So the other day I was feeling nostalgic for 2007 and wanted to listen to some Ingrid Michaelson. The first track, "Die Alone," came on and a Jessica-shaped lightbulb lit up. It reminded me a whole lot of Jessica and Marcus' relationship and her stubborn-ness and his past. Ingrid is awesome because her voice and lyrics are so painfully real, just like...well, everything about Jessica.

Notable Lyrics

i'm just a stranger, even to myself
a re-arranger of the proverbial bookshelf
don't be a fool girl, tell him you love him
don't be a fool girl, you're not above him

i never thought i could love anyone but myself
now i know i can't love anyone but you
you make me think that
maybe i won't die alone

what have i become?
something soft and really quite dumb
because i've fallen, oh i've fall-fallen
so far away from the place where i started from

Jessica Darling Quotes

"Right now I feel guilty to be alive. Why? Because I’m wasting it. I’ve been given this life and all I do is mope it away. What’s worse is, I am totally aware of how ridiculous I am. It would be a lot easier if I believed I was the center of the universe, because then I wouldn’t know any better NOT to make a big deal out of everything. I know how small my problems are, yet that doesn’t stop me from obsessing about them. I have to stop doing this." - Jessica (Sloppy Firsts)

"Perspective basically guarantees that there’s no such thing as a pure emotion. Every emotion is based on how sucky (or not) something is in relation to something else that has already happened. […] It kind of makes me wish that the worst thing that will ever happen to me will just hurry up and happen already. That way I could live the rest of my life in bliss, if only because I know how much worse things could be." - Jessica (Sloppy Firsts)

"After all, you can only be in a bad mood for so long before you have to face up to the fact that it isn’t a bad mood at all. It’s just your sucky personality." - Jessica (Sloppy Firsts)

"I’ve learned that you can’t control what other people are going to think about you. The best thing you can do in life is not piss yourself off." - Marcus Flutie (Second Helpings)

"Tragedy was part of our daily routine. But through it all, I never understood the point of being sad when I could choose to be happy." - Jessica (Second Helpings)

"What is it about him that makes you, like, totally lose your shit?" - Bridget (Second Helpings)


  1. Love that song! I still need to read the Jessica Darling series :)

  2. I've read the first two books in the Jessica Darling series and I really liked them! I'm hesitant to read the third one because I've heard it's not as good. What did you think of the third book?

  3. FINISH THE SERIES, JEN!!! You can come after me if you're not satisfied, but I think you will be ;)

    And I love Ingrid. I got to see her live at HOB in New Orleans a few years ago - she was amazing. She actually opened with Die Alone.

  4. Oh Jessica <3 I love her. So, so much. And I completely understand your fear of finishing the series.. I'm scared too!!!! I will have to listen to this song at home (when I have sound), but the lyrics look awesome.. especially this part: "don't be a fool girl, tell him you love him
    don't be a fool girl, you're not above him.."

  5. I found somewhere a long time ago a song that someone suggested would be perfect for the series: "Jessica" by Graham Colton Band. Have you heard it?

    I think I also included a Cascada song in my imaginary soundtrack, lol. Hmmm now I'm thinking of going back and actually making the playlist...

  6. Adore Ingrid Michaelson -- she's the best! -- but possibly love Jessica and Marcus more. I was much like you: totally afraid of finishing the series because it was so good, I never wanted it to end. By the time I finished the fifth book, I was bereft; nothing can measure up to McCafferty for me. But the finale of the series? Amazing. Totally worth it. Enjoy it!