Music Match-Up #3: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Posted February 7, 2014 by Debby in Music Match-Up / 3 Comments

Every once in a while, I come across a song that fits perfectly with a book I’ve read. In this new feature, I’ll tell you about them!

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cinder Scarlet Cress

In the wake of Cress‘s release this week, it’s fair enough to say that everyone’s buzzing about The Lunar Chronicles. And it’s easy to see why: it is an absolutely brilliant series. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it (FIX IT ASAP), this is a series of science fiction fairytale retellings. It features brilliant world building, an awesome and action-filled plot, brilliant twists on fairy tales we know and love, and, of course, brilliant characters.

Cinder introduces us to Meyer’s vision of Cinderella. In this retelling, Cinder’s a cyborg, and she lives in a futuristic world that’s being threatened by a plague and an attack from the Lunar inhabitants of the moon. She even has her own dreamy prince – Prince Kai, who is struggling with governing New Beijing.

Scarlet continues Cinder’s story, but adds another main character: Scarlet, also known as Red Riding Hood. She’s off in France and gets caught up in Cinder’s adventures and the repercussions of those actions. And she has her own “prince” – the Wolf.

This week, Cress came out, which was by far my favorite till now. Cress is Meyer’s version of Rapunzel, who in this retelling is stuck in a satellite, observing the events on Earth, and forced to help the evil Queen with her surveillance. Also Thooooooooooorne. *drools* The best ship, I don’t care what you say.

The Song

This is one of my favorite series at the moment and definitely my favorite fairy tale retelling. I mostly love it because of the awesome characters. Though fairy tales may originally bring to mind princesses who do nothing and need to be saved by their princes, Meyer’s characters are fierce, strong, have strong personalities, and can stand up for themselves. Of course they have their princes too – and don’t get me wrong, I love them – but they are not heavily dependent on them.

So the song that for me comes to mind is one of my favorite Sara Bareilles songs – Fairytale. It’s no doubt easy to guess why. But I love this song, and I feel like it’s a super underrated song. Most people, at least in the Netherlands, only know about Love Song and King of Anything, when they think about Sara Bareilles. Ugh. Sad day. This song is freaking awesome, always results in me singing along, and I just love it. So there you go. (I’m only sad that Red Riding Hood isn’t in there.)



Once upon a time in a faraway kingdom
Man made up a story said that I should believe him
Go and tell your white knight that he’s handsome in hindsight
But I don’t want the next best thing
So I sing and hold my head down and I break these walls round me
Can’t take no more of your fairytale love

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