Books That Would Make Awesome Musicals (Novel Newcomers: Ariel @ Waves of Pages)

I gotta admit I do love a good musical, give me singing, dancing wrapped up into a film and I’ll gladly sit through it. Ahem today we have Ariel on the blog for Novel Newcomers 2019 with this awesome guest post.

You can find all of Ariel’s links at the end of the post, so grab a cuppa, get comfy as Ariel takes over the blog in her guest post!

What’s Novel Newcomers?

The idea of debut authors being featured across the blogosphere, but with book bloggers instead. But there were so many features already focusing on debut authors at the time, why not focus on newer bloggers in the bookish community as well?

In 2016, Nori from ReadWriteLove28 and Sophia from Bookwyrming Thoughts joined forces to feature some of the newest additions in the book blogging world. In 2017, Sophia started it… but dropped off the face of the planet due to other commitments and put the feature on a hiatus for 2018.

Now Novel Newcomers is back for 2019! With me, Clo, as Soph’s co-host. Are you ready for this years fun, as we shine a light on newbie book bloggers who started in either 2017 OR 2018?

Before I get started, I want to say thank you to Clo and Sophia for letting me be a part of Novel Newcomers 2019! I’m excited to have this opportunity, and I hope you all like my post today!

Now, I love musicals. My unfortunately limited budget means that I don’t get to see them live very often, but I try my best to satisfy myself with Disney movies, Spotify, and fond memories. Everybody talks about books they want turned into movies or TV shows, but today, I thought it would be fun to do something a little different and talk about some books that I think would make great musicals.

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

This is a super cute and fun, occasionally ridiculous, book about a teenage girl, the youngest child out of 5, who is trying to plan for her older sister’s wedding, avert crisis at every turn, and hold her family together. It has some light romance, great family moments, and a lot of hijinks. It also has some more serious sections. I think turning this book into a musical would only accentuate all the different elements and make it even better than it already is. Can someone get on this, please?

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

I think this would be a more serious musical. This book primarily focuses on the one-day-long romance between a boy named Daniel and a girl named Natasha, but it also deals with themes of immigration and family troubles and racism and cultural differences. I can already kind of imagine what kind of music would be in this show. I think it would be really incredible if it was done right.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

For this one, I’m thinking more about the world of the book than the actual plot, though of course if they’re going to make a musical based on a book at any point, I would like the musical’s storyline to match up pretty closely to the book’s.

In case you aren’t familiar with this book, it’s set in a world where everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts—until one day, the main character encounters someone whose thoughts are silent. I just think that a musical could do so much with that concept of sound vs silence. This book also features a talking dog, which obviously makes everything better.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

This book is about all the side characters—the people who aren’t the hero, or the Chosen One, or the one who has to go fight the aliens. It’s about people trying to survive when everyone (“the indie kids,” as this book calls them) around them is literally dealing with one world-destroying event after another. It’s like a blending of contemporary and fantasy, and I can’t exactly explain why, but kind of like with The Knife of Never Letting Go (which is by the same author), I feel like a musical could do a lot of really cool things with this book.

That’s all of the main ones, though I do have one honourable mention I want to throw in here at the end. All of the others on this list, I felt like there was at least a tiny chance that maybe someday they could actually be turned into a musical, but with this book, I know there’s no hope. It’s The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, but not really the whole book. I’d love a musical/opera that focuses on the Parshendi (if you don’t know, that’s a race of humanoid creatures in this world, and they speak in Rhythms—which basically means that their language is actually a song. Would that not be the coolest thing?). It’s never going to happen, because that’s a huge book, and even though Brandon Sanderson is a really popular author, I have many doubts. Still, a girl can dream.

Okay! That’s all I had. Do you agree with any of my choices? Strongly disagree? I’m all for hearing your thoughts!

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