Book & Music Genre Correlations
I posed a question to authors through Twitter, Facebook, and my literary agency email loop –
Authors: If you could choose one band to represent your book, who would you choose? Answer with the book title, genre, band.
Jessica Collins: 30 Second to Mars for everything
Jaye Robin Brown: No Place to Fall, YA Contemporary, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
Summer Heacock (Fizzy): Women’s Fiction, P!ink
Dawn Chartier: Contemporary Romance, One Republic
Zoraida Cordova: The Vicious Deep, YA Urban Fantasy, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Eliza Tilton: Broken Forest, YA Fantasy, A Perfect Circle
Lane Heymont: The Freedman and the Pharaoh’s Staff, Historical Fantasy, Muddy Waters
Dan Krokos: Tool, for everything (False series, YA SciFi & The Planet Thieves, MG SciFi)
Shelley Watters: Burn Me, Contemporary Romance, HIM
Jim Cangany: Fallen Star, Contemporary Romance, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Kim Baccellia: Crossed Out, YA Paranormal, Linkin Park
Renee Wynne: Untitled, YA Paranormal Romance, Dead Letter Circus
Diane O’Key: Cherish the Knight, Historical Romance (11th Century England), Celtic Thunder
Lea Griffith: No Mercy, Romantic Suspense, Radiohead
Lisa Brown Roberts: How to Drop a Class & Fall in Love, YA Contemporary, Snow Patrol
Lynette Austin: Somebody Like You, Contemporary Romance, The Band Perry
Ashlyn Chase: Kissing with Fangs series, Paranormal Romance, Imagine Dragons
Sonia Weiss: Stealing the Groom, Contemporary Romance, The Wanted
Chantele Sedgwick: Love, Lucas, YA Contemporary, Imagine Dragons
Amie Louellen: Blame it On Texas, Romantic Comedy, Brad Paisley
Anna Hamilton: Killing Perfection, Romantic Suspense, The Lumineers
Cecy Robson: The Weird Girls series, Urban Fantasy, The Killers
Nikki Urang: The Hit List, NA Contemporary, We The Kings
The results: 23 responses
Categories & genres of books: 8 YA’s, 4 contemp rom, 2 historical fiction, 2 romantic suspense, 1 UF, 1 women’s fic, 1 pnr, 1 NA
Music genres: 1 Blues, 2 Country, 14 Rock/Alternative, 2 Folk/Singer-Songwriter, 3 Pop/Pop Rock, 1 Celtic singing group
What correlations can we make between book and music genre from this small, random cross-section of authors?
Nothing, really. (<– Yes, that’s my highly scientific answer.) One person who writes YA Contemporary is not going to like the same band as another YA Contemporary author. An Urban Fantasy author may or may not love the same music as a middle grade author. Like with books, music is subjective. It all depends on what moves us. I’m going to match several bands with my book that a reader may or may not like. If they don’t care for the bands I’d match to my book, they could still LOVE my book and visa verse. So, I guess my point is this: A lot of authors are listing bands, songs, or playlists for their published/soon-to-be-released novels. If you don’t care for the music listed, don’t cross the book off your TBR list. That book could still be your future favorite that you recommend to others.
That being said, and I speak for myself, if I see a novel I’m interested in PLUS the author listens to music I like/matches a band I dig to their book, you betcha I’m going to check it out. Like Dan Krokos’ FALSE MEMORY (YA SciFi) that was already on my TBR list just catapulted to the top.
Thank you to all the authors above who helped me by taking the time to answer my question. If you see a book or book/music combo that appeals to you, look for the author on Facebook or Twitter, or contact me and I’ll give you a link. Help support these authors who love music!
Cheerleader out, yo!