Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles That Should Be Band Names

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. This week’s prompt is Book titles that would make good band names.

Hello Readers! I hope you are all staying healthy and safe. Are you settling in to our new way of life? Or is everything still weird and strange for you? It changes every day for me. Just when I think I’m accepting–and growing accustomed to–the social distancing life, life says, “not just yet.” Thank goodness for the comforting familiarity of Top Ten Tuesday, right? This week’s prompt combines my two loves–books and music. Here are my book titles that I think would make fabulous band names–and they must be read out loud as if you’re an announcer welcoming them to the stage. 😉

(Link to Goodreads synopsis through book title.)

1

The Sound and the Fury

Synopsis: The Sound and the Fury is the tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant. Their lives fragmented and harrowed by history and legacy, the character’s voices and actions mesh to create what is arguably Faulkner’s masterpiece and  one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

I imagine The Sound and the Fury as a jazz cover band full of middle-aged men wearing bowties that play pop hits from the 70s and 80s. 😉

2

Lady Midnight

Synopsis: Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Lady Midnight would either be a punk garage band or a country and western pop trio. Two very different kinds of bands, I know.

3

The Waves

Synopsis: Set on the coast of England against the vivid background of the sea, The Waves introduces six characters—three men and three women—who are grappling with the death of a beloved friend, Percival. Instead of describing their outward expressions of grief, Virginia Woolf draws her characters from the inside, revealing them through their thoughts and interior soliloquies. As their understanding of nature’s trials grows, the chorus of narrative voices blends together in miraculous harmony, remarking not only on the inevitable death of individuals but on the eternal connection of everyone. 

The Waves would be an electronic synth-pop group, right??

4

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Synopsis: Since his debut in 1955, Tom Ripley has evolved into the ultimate bad boy sociopath, influencing countless novelists and filmmakers. In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s. A product of a broken home, branded a “sissy” by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal but grows enraged by Dickie’s ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante.

For some reason, I imagine The Talented Mr. Ripley as a Ska band. 🙂

5

Nine Stories

Synopsis: Nine Stories (1953) is a collection of short stories by American fiction writer J. D. Salinger published in April 1953. It includes two of his most famous short stories, “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” and “For Esmé – with Love and Squalor”. 

Nine Stories would be a singer/songwriter indie duo. Maybe even a husband and wife duo??

6

Cannery Row

Synopsis: Cannery Row is a book without much of a plot. Rather, it is an attempt to capture the feeling and people of a place, the cannery district of Monterey, California, which is populated by a mix of those down on their luck and those who choose for other reasons not to live “up the hill” in the more respectable area of town. The flow of the main plot is frequently interrupted by short vignettes that introduce us to various denizens of the Row, most of whom are not directly connected with the central story. These vignettes are often characterized by direct or indirect reference to extreme violence: suicides, corpses, and the cruelty of the natural world.

I imagine Cannery Row as an old-school rock band with multiple guitars and definitive drum solos.

7

Fever Pitch

Synopsis: As a young boy, growing up in the Home Counties and watching his parents’ marriage fall apart, Nick Hornby had little sense of home. Then his dad took him to Highbury. Arsenal’s football ground would become the source of many of the strongest feelings he’d ever have: joy, humiliation, heartbreak, frustration and hope.

Fever Pitch would be the perfect a cappella group name! But does that even count as a band?? I can also imagine it as another jazz band name. 🙂

8

Outlander

Synopsis: The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

For some reason, I imagine Outlander as an Australian rock group. Weird since the book is set in Scotland. 😉

9

The Raven Boys

Synopsis: Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

The Raven Boys would have to be an all-girl rock band. There is no other option.

10

The Outsiders

Synopsis: The Outsiders is about two weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers–until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.

I imagine The Outsiders as a indie surf band with a soft California-rock sound.

What’s the title of a book you always thought would make a great band name? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Wandering!

44 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles That Should Be Band Names”

  1. I thought about listing Lady Midnight today too, but didn’t. A couple weeks ago, my boy asked me what day of the week it was, and I didn’t remember until I realized it was Top Ten Tuesday! Oddly enough, I have Zoom calls that differ by the day of the week too, so I’m not sure why I didn’t remember.

    1. Ha! Yes, TTT is now how we can figure out what day of the week it is. *How many days has it been since I posted my TTT?*

      This week’s prompt turned out to be a lot more fun that I thought it would. I’m heading over to check out yours now. 🙂

  2. Very fun list! I would be all in for a country western pop trio called Lady Midnight. Also, acapella groups totally count here, and I’m ashamed that I didn’t think of them for my list.

    Also, you’re not alone in being fine and feeling well adjusted only to have life say “nope!” I’m there, too.

    1. Ha! I agree. A cappella groups should count as bands!

      It’s a strange time, right? It makes it so much better to know we’re all going through similar stages. So happy I found this blogging community when I did. <3

  3. Oh man, Lady Midnight would be a superb band name. Can I call dibs? You know, for when I hit my midlife crisis and decide to redefine myself? xD Is Fever Pitch not an a cappella band? It sounds familiar. It definitely should be one already. Great choices!

    1. I will grant you the name Lady Midnight! I plan on having a solo career anyway. 😉 Fever Pitch may be an actual a cappella group, but I lazily came up with it from the movie, Pitch Perfect. Ha!

  4. Love your picks, Dedra! I can totally see all of these being band names and I’m honestly surprised that none of them have been used as band names already?! Some are so perfect for it! The Sound and the Fury especially sounds like a wonderful band name 💜 Great list!

    1. Thanks! Yeah, I like to imagine some small indie/garage bands out there with the names. Maybe someday they’ll make it big! 😉

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