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Book Character Fanmixes: Taking It Too Far? Nope.

I used to make fanmixes. A lot. If for some reason this term hasn't seeped into the non-fandom population, a fanmix is when you make a music playlist for a character (or characters) you have FEELINGS about. It can be on whatever theme you want, as it is your fanmix, man, and you do you.

Some book-themed playlists inevitably snuck on in there, so here're my Literary Playlist subjects:

Antipholus/Adriana, The Comedy of Errors
BACK WHEN I FIRST MOVED TO CHICAGO, I saw a lot of plays. I didn't really know anyone, so it was just me shuffling myself from theatre to theatre and writing about it in my diary. And one time I saw Chicago Shakespeare Theater's 1940s version of Comedy of Errors, and shipped the married-but-fighting-all-the-time couple of Antipholus and Adriana SUPER-HARD, so I emailed the guy playing Antipholus of Ephesus, like an optimistic 23-year-old would, and said "There are no photos of you and Adriana. You should take some this weekend. Since the show's closing. Cute ones."

A day later, I got an email with these:

Because sometimes people are the best.

HIGHLIGHTS of Antipholus/Adriana the Playlist include: Moonlight Serenade by the Glenn Miller Orchestra; I Get a Kick Out of You by Frank Sinatra; The Shortest Day of the Year from the musical version of the play, which is called The Boys from Syracuse; and Joy to the World by Three Dog Night.

I have one for Beatrice/Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing, but it's not even good. Not even good! So if you have any song suggestions, please let me know.

Louisa Gradgrind from Dickens's Hard Times, his novel about how terrible Utilitarianism is. I had to write an essay on her in college and I couldn't get a good angle on it. I tried so hard. I drew pictures. I wasn't allowed to leave my room. I finally made a playlist. As with most subjects you spend a lot of time with, I now have an unhealthy level of attachment to her.

HIGHLIGHTS of Louisa Gradgrind are solely Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson. Because that. is. Louisa. Gradgrind.

Madame Defarge from Dickens's Tale of Two Cities. This is more specifically from TOTC the Musical, which I made an emergency trip to NYC to see. Mme Defarge and her husband Ernest were adorable, and I made a chronological playlist that in my head started when they met as teenagers and took them through the end of the book.

They are the cutest of revolutionaries

HIGHLIGHTS include Angry Angel by Imogen Heap, Full Circle by No Doubt, and of course The Way It Ought to Be from Tale of Two Cities the Musical.

Mrs. Danvers from Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. Yes, the lesbian housekeeper of creepy dead-wife Rebecca. I was really into the Austrian musical version of this book, so Mrs Danvers gets her own playlist.

I mean, look at that. Of course she does.

HIGHLIGHTS are hilariously/inappropriately You Don't Know Me by Ray Charles, I Feel Everything by Idina Menzel, and Enya's If I Could Be Where You Are. I didn't try real hard on this one back in the day.

Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane from Dorothy L. Sayers's Lord Peter Wimsey series, which you should ALL READ. They're set in the 1920s and '30s (and were also written then) and Lord Peter/Harriet are near-perfection.

HIGHLIGHTS are actually not anything because I did a bad job on this one, but you know what, NO, I stand by Everything by Michael Bublé. Because she IS Lord Peter's everything and you can all shove off because I like Michael Bublé and I am fine with admitting it.

Scarlett/Melanie from Gone With the Wind. Ahahaha remember that one time I tried NaNoWriMo and wrote like 12,000 words of a Scarlett/Melanie fanfic piece? Of course you don't. It was before I was blogging. 

I stand by this pairing. Not in a forever way, because no, but during the time when Scarlett and Melanie are at Tara and Suellen's being a dick (ALL THE TIME, SUELLEN) and no one's being that helpful and everyone's leaning on Scarlett. Melanie was a damn support for her. 

HIGHLIGHTS are the whole playlist, 'cause it's kickass, but include I Hate Myself for Loving You by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, I Don't Believe You by Pink, Good Girls Go Bad by Cobra Starship, Thinking of You by Katy Perry, and I Don't Love You by My Chemical Romance. It is both angsty and great.

That's all. Since the advent of Spotify, the amount of music has made playlist-making a rather daunting prospect, to be honest, so my production rates have just plummeted. Now they're all themed like "Walt Disney Kidnapped My Childhood and I've Got a Bad Case of Stockholm Syndrome" or "Patsy Cline Goes Walking Whenever the Fuck She Wants." 

Is this just me? Do other people do this? OTHER PEOPLE HAVE TO DO THIS.


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