The Remarkably Unique Link Between Book Characters and Celebrities

The fusion of book characters with celebrities creates a captivating synergy, shaping our perception of both the characters and the actors, songs or musicians themselves.

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While we often associate celebrities with their on-screen roles, there exists a captivating connection between beloved book characters and the celebrities who might play them. Additionally, there might even songs that remind us of a very specific book. This fusion of literature and stardom offers a unique lens through which to view our beloved characters and the stories we read. We asked our team what connections between celebrities and literature that they held dear in their own hearts. Read on to see their answers!

Just A Little Critter Collection by Mercer Mayer and Cavetown 

I have always loved Mercer Mayer and his cozy Little Critter collection. His little critter stories always made me feel so safe and warm, and I have always turned to his homey books at my worst. There is one artist that always helps me feel so comfortable and snug, and that is Cavetown, specifically his Animal Kingdom album.

Just A Little Critter Collection by Mercer Mayer book cover.
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I have listened to Cavetown since 2016, and it has been amazing growing up with him solely through his music. If I am feeling lost or at my wit’s end, Cavetown always reminds me of the sweet things in life. He brings me back to my cozy moments and helps me remember the things I love most. I turn to Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter for that same warm feeling.

  • Erin Ewald, Editorial

Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid and Unholy by The Wrecks

Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid book cover.
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Whenever I think of this book, I’m always reminded of the song Unholy by The Wrecks. I listened to the album this song is from, Sonder, a lot while reading Carrie Soto Is Back, and it shares quite a few themes with the book. I think this song in particular really captures Carrie’s vengeful spirit as she chases her record despite all of the critics and naysayers who don’t believe she can do it. Thus, whenever Carrie had a breakthrough moment of success, this song would always play in the back of my mind. If you’re a fan of the book, I recommend giving Unholy a listen! 

  • Lauren Nee, Editorial

What Happens After Midnight by K.L Walther and Taylor Swift

What Happens After Midnight by K.L Walther book cover.
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This author has become my new auto-buy author because she makes references to Taylor Swift’s songs throughout her novels. This one in particular is full of references to a variety of different T-Swift songs, and I found that so enjoyable while I was reading it. Not to mention, the story is also one of the cutest YA romances I have ever had the pleasure of reading! I love matching the Taylor Swift song to the reference that the author makes and then listening to that song while I read that section of the novel. It just adds a whole new layer to reading that I enjoy! I completely recommend this book if you like cute YA romances! 

  • Corinne Vergari, Social

One Last Stop by Casey McQuistion and Laufey and MUNA

One Last Stop is my favorite book by Casey McQuistion, and I’ve reread it an embarrassing number of times. Two songs I associate with it are Beautiful Stranger by Laufey and Silk Chiffon by MUNA. Beautiful Stranger, I think, captures perfectly what must have been going through August’s head when she first met Jane on the train.

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Silk Chiffon is very camp, and it would be one of Jane’s favorites as she settles into her life in the future. As someone who needs to romanticize public transportation — albeit, it’s the MBTA commuter rail going outbound, so definitely not as cool — these songs are perfect for daydreaming about finding love on the train.

  • Emma Jamrin, Editorial

The Disenchantments by Nina Lacour and Five Seconds of Summer.

The Disenchantments fully captures the feeling of graduating high school. It follows a group of friends in a band who are going on tour. They are traveling along the California coast over the summer to perform at small clubs and have fun. Like most high school graduates, the group may be a bit unsure about what comes next, but they are savoring the feeling of being free. I absolutely love how this book expresses that feeling. It often makes me think of Fly Away by Five Seconds of Summer.

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The song is about wanting to get away from the difficulties of life in order to go off into the world and explore. It is about not letting anyone hold you back, no matter how scary that might be. The themes of the song are similar to the themes of the novel, which is why I feel they go well together. On a different note, I also think of the song Alone by Heart due to the section of the novel where one member of the group discovers the band and realizes how awesome they are. Alone is my favorite Heart song, and I’ll take any excuse to listen to it. Overall, this is a great novel for music lovers, both for the music mentioned and the music that you may think of on your own.

  • Rachel Rosenfield, Editorial

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig and Next to Blue

The plot of this book is built around the life of the main character Nora Seed and all the decisions that brought her to where she is now. Nora struggles with severe depression, which leads her to a purgatory state between life and death.  In this state, she enters a whimsical library. The library holds all of the alternate versions of her life. The reader gets to follow along as she journeys through the possibilities of her existence, trying to find where she belongs.

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This novel is about our decisions as humans and our life’s path, and it reminds me of an instrumental song whose beat, to me, mimics the quickness of life’s moments. The song is called Audio 002 by Next to Blue. This song feels like the soundtrack of a time lapse, and the melodic resolution comes in the way I imagine aging would if it had a tune. I recommend both the song and book for some introspection. 

  • Kennedi Cutliff, Editorial 

The Lightning Thief  by Rick Riordan and Stealth

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The Percy Jackson and The Olympians series has been my favorite since I was about fourteen, and it being adapted into a TV show has made me feel like I was a kid again. The song I associate with the book and the series in general, is the Riptide cover by Stealth (originally by Vance Joy). This cover truly blew me away, with how perfectly it encompassed the feeling and general vibe of the first book. Also, Stealth has a beautiful voice and I desperately need a full version of the song, because currently we only have the snippet recorded for the Percy Jackson and The Olympians Disney+ show trailer.

  • Val Gritsenko, Social

Jared Padelecki as Gideon from the Crossfire Series

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The description Sylvia Day gives of Gideon Cross reminds me of Jared from his after-the-cage era in Supernatural. I will forever associate him as both Sweet Sam and Sexy Gideon. If an adaptation were ever done of the series, I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing him.

  • Kristi Eskew, Editorial

Harry Styles as Harry Styles from an assortment of fanfiction

My reading journey began and will probably end with Harry Styles fanfiction. At the ripe age of 13 with Wattpad at my fingertips, I was reading the most out-of-pocket Harry Styles fanfiction and eating it up. My Kindle was glued to my hands and I honestly haven’t been the same since. The After Series by Anna Todd was my bread and butter. I read those books as they were being written, got them when they were published in paperback, and they have since been incredibly well-loved. Up until last year, I read the entire series one or more times a year because it just felt like a part of me. 

Harry Styles at the beach
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This past year I indulged in Wattpad once again and fell in love with Duplicity by happydays1d and Devil’s Due by petit_cerise, which are two delicious fanfictions that I am still going back and rereading to this day. The best part about fanfiction and my love of Harry is that I love him any way I can have him. He’s in the mafia? Okay. He’s a grumpy and tortured? My favorite. I want to be a part of any kind of reality that involves him.

  • Olivia Salamone, Editorial

Devils Night Series by Penelope Douglas and Chase Atlantic

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Whenever the electrifying tunes of Chase Atlantic flood my senses, I can’t help but envision the enigmatic characters of the Devils’ Night series revving up their engines. In my mind’s eye, I see our favorite horsemen and cowgirls cruising through Thunder Bay, the music blaring as they embark on their adrenaline-fueled escapades, leaving a trail of mischief and mayhem in their wake.

  • Trish G, Editorial

Exploring the intertwining of book characters with celebrities reveals the enduring power of storytelling, as well as the profound impact these characters have on our cultural landscape.


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