I am spending time this week focusing on my little girl who is recovering from surgery.
Thankfully, my site is in the awesome hands of M.A George today. She is the author of The Proximity series as well as the (current) stand alone, and most recently released AQUA.
She is here with a guest post. Telling us which song, or theme song fits which character in AQUA.
Take it away, Melissa.
by M.A. George
Aqua features a pretty varied cast, so it’s quite the challenge to capture the essence of each character in a neat and tidy little post. But what could possibly be better for essence-capturing than music? Fear not, you can uncover your ears. I’m not prepping to burst into song. I am, however, setting up a character theme song post. Is “theme song” even a term these days? It sounds too Dr. Zhivago. (Lara’s Theme, in case I’m being more obscure than I realize. My apologies if Lara’s Theme is now insinuating itself into your brain. Remain calm, we’re about to remedy the situation with some much cooler tunes.)
Anyway, back to the post. Let’s call it: “If you could pick one song to represent this character, which song would it be?…” Take that back, “theme song” is just so much easier. But to add a little twist, I’ll try to pick out the one lyric that really clicks with that character. Let’s move on with this rodeo, shall we?
“Anything Could Happen”, Ellie Goulding
“And now I know the truth
That anything could happen”
Layla is the seventeen-year-old lead character and voice of Aqua. She’s an introvert at heart, addicted to the written word, prone to blushing—yet undeterred from impulsively speaking her mind. I like the pulsing energy of this song, a fitting match for Layla’s vibrant personality. When her reality takes a stranger-than-fiction turn, she learns that just about anything is possible.
“It’s Time”, Imagine Dragons
“And now it’s time to build from the bottom of the pit
Right to the top
Don’t hold back
Packing my bags and giving the academy a rain check”
Tristan’s story is one of rising above a really crappy childhood—less of an ”upbringing” than a grooming to serve a violent and reprehensible government agenda he desperately wants to escape. When he leaves it all behind to build himself back up again, he not only finds happiness—but an overflowing, infectious zest for life. The bouncy, lighthearted rhythm of this song makes me think of his carefree grin.
“I Never Told You What I Do for a Living”, My Chemical Romance
“It ain’t the money and it sure as hell ain’t just for the fame
It’s for the bodies I claim and lose”
Pyke is one of those guys who is a universe unto himself. His complex exterior—gruesome tattoos, piercings, scraggly dark hair and even darker eyes—is nothing compared to the many convolutions of his inner self. He has inner demons coming out his ears, internal conflict galore, but somehow manages to have a heart and fierce loyalty to those who break through his rough outer shell. This song pulls together a mix of heavy, sometimes grating sounds, a fair bit of screaming, and moments of slower, strangely beautiful melodies in a perfectly disturbing-yet-wonderful mishmash…It’s got “Pyke” written all over it. As for the lyric choice, Pyke doesn’t care about impressing anyone or making a buck. He cares about standing by the people who deserve it…and retribution for those who don’t.
“Riot Rhythm”, Sleigh Bells
Don’t even bother trying to understand the lyrics, just enjoy the song
Next to Pyke, Zría is probably the most enigmatic one in the bunch. Just like this song, she’s a bizarre mix of roughness, femininity, and pure awesomeness that can’t quite be deciphered. I can just picture her strutting down the beach to the beat of this music, turquoise hair whipping in the ocean breeze, looking gorgeous-yet-terrifying, with that “Don’t even think about trying to talk to me, or I’ll end you” look in her eyes.
Hope that leaves you with a clearer view of some of my favorite fictional friends, and a medley of awesome tunes in your head. Thanks for reading!