I recently wrote several scenes for my YA novel in which music was being played. And I realized that writing ‘music’ into your manuscript is a tricky business.
On the one hand, if the reader recognizes the song/title, the music could help bring them into the story and ‘hear’ what the characters are hearing.
If they don’t know the music, the written lyrics could add something to the emotional or physical tension in the scene.
However, if the reader isn’t familiar with the music and the lyrics really add nothing, it could end up flopping up the flow and bringing the reader out of your story.
So I guess my question is-
what books have you read where music has helped to enhance a story or scene?
Was there ever a book that you read where this had the opposite effect?
Have you ever ‘Googled’ a song that was mentioned in a book you were reading?
(I do this a lot actually but I always kind of wish I had the song placed in my head before I read said scene so I wouldn’t have had to be taken out of the moment to go look it up.)
Happy Monday Everyone!
Spring vacation is officially over in France and I’m back to work :(