Music is everywhere. It’s so prevalent that we might not even notice it playing softly in the coffee shop, lunch bistro, or even the dentist’s office. Yet, there it off, humming in the background of everywhere, setting the ambiance. So, does that music you hear everywhere influence even the books you read? The answer is yes.
Stephenie Meyer, the author of The Twilight Series, says on her website, “…I cannot write without music.” She later revealed the music which inspired her writing. Understandably, that is not always a case. Actively listening to music while writing can be very distracting to someone who is trying to devote all of their focus to their craft. However, those who may not listen to music while writing may still use music for inspiration.
As someone who frequently listens to music while reading and writing, I can testify that listening music that corresponds to the scene that you are reading or writing, really heightens the experience of both the music and the book. This correlation has not gone unnoticed and has actually become a trend for authors to publish playlists that go with the books that they have written. For example, author Melissa De La Cruz has a playlist for all of her books as well as author Roni Loren .
In contrast, there are a considerable number of songs that are inspired by books . After all, songs and books are both mediums for story telling. It is only natural that the two mediums will inspire each other. As such, in the future, I imagine that more authors will use music as inspiration while they are writing and continue the trend of publishing the inspirational playlists along with their stories.