Saturday, September 27, 2008

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist


OK all, I'm a David Levithan fan and a Michael Cera fan, so I'm just a little bit excited about the film adaptation of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist coming out on October 3rd, the day after my birthday (ahem). Nick is a guitarist in a queer-core band in New York City, and he's trying (though not very hard) to get over his break up with a girl he thought he loved, and who seemed to love him back until she cruelly cheated on, then dumped him. After playing late at a punk club, he sees his ex coming toward him, and he asks the random girl sitting next to him (Norah), if she will be his girlfriend for the next five minutes. Ultimately, their relationship lasts a bit longer than five minutes.
Nick and Norah is one of many fabulous YA books that has a strong connection to a playlist or soundtrack. You can see author and fan created playlists here: http://www.randomhouse.com/teens/nickandnorah/home.php
Other books that feature music prominently include High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, Morvern Callar by Alan Warner, Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, Straight Road to Kylie by Nico Medina (though it's a playlist of Kylie Minogue songs), King Dork by Frank Portman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky,
I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuenhert , Beige by Cecil Castellucci, Heavy Metal and You by Christopher Krovatin, and Born Confused by Desai Hidier.
Stephenie Meyer has playlists for each book in the Twilight series on her website: http://stepheniemeyer.com/twilight_playlist.html
And this website has playlists contributed by YA authors, including Sarah Dessen and Bennett Madison: http://us.penguingroup.com/static/html/youngreaders/features-plugin-playlist.html

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