To celebrate Taylor’s birthday, I’m giving you something you didn’t know you needed: a book for every popular song on the Red album (Taylor’s Version).
Red and Come Back… Be Here: The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945, is mysteriously taken back in time to 1743. As she travels through time several times, she is caught between the gain and loss of her two loves – her husband Frank Randall from 1945 and Jamie Fraser from 1743.
All Too Well and All Too Well (10 minute version): Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
A song about longing for relationship memories best fits Call me your name. The parallels between the book and the song are too numerous to mention, but let us know if you spot them.
And, while Taylor ends the song with “I remember it too well”Elio and Oliver do the same in their last conversation in the book and film, when Elio asks Oliver if he remembers anything, to which Oliver responds“ yes ”.
We’ll Never Get Back Together: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (illustrations)
The day that Freddy and Laura started dating was the happiest day in Freddie’s life. But, in their intermittent relationship, Freddie suffers, his friends are puzzled, and Laura doesn’t care. What will Freddie do?
Everything Has Changed (feat Ed Sheeran): Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Rowan and Neil have been academic rivals for years, but tonight for the school’s 24-hour scavenger hunt challenge, they find themselves on the same team. How it will go ?
I bet you think of me and winter forever – Normal people
Normal people is based on the intimate and complex love story between Marianne and Connell, who live in the same small town in Ireland, but live a very contrasting life – he is a popular working class boy and she is a lonely white collar girl. Their love story ends and begins as they navigate through high school, and later, their college years together in the face of anxiety, acceptance, and their eventual reconciliation.
Traitor, I knew you had problems and I’m almost getting there: those violent delights and violent endings by Chloe Gong
All three songs are about a love doomed from the start and about Chloe Gong’s book, These Violent Delights corresponds to the anguish words of Perfidious and I knew you were trouble. Rival heirs Juliette Cai and Roma Montagov know each other is a problem, but they have chosen to be together despite it.