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FEATURE: Soundtrack to a Book Hangover

September 21, 2017 11:00 am

Written by Amelia Davis

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Stage One: The Euphoria

“Defying Gravity” – Idina Menzel

Yes! You’ve finished! You snap the book shut and grin like a Cheshire cat at the ending your beloved characters so deserved. You feel so attached to them on a personal level that you actually think you can carry on what they’ve left behind. You dream of travelling the world, flying, fighting evil forces, falling in love with vampires and changing the 18th century world. You are unstoppable!

Stage Two: The Fall

“The Sound of Silence” – Simon and Garfunkel

As quickly as the high came, it goes. You suddenly realise that this book in your hands is just that: a book. A work of fiction. The people weren’t real and they never felt anything. The magic was fake. The places they lived aren’t like that in real life. Real life! Huh! You slowly curl into a ball and let the tears come, wallowing in the pain that normality brings.

Stage Three: The Void

“The Lazy Song” – Bruno Mars

You convince yourself that your life no longer has any meaning. You walk around, looking for a sign that it might have been true. But nothing presents itself. You are a robot in your own body. You don’t even know who you are anymore. All you have the strength to do is get the ice cream tub out of the freezer and an unwashed spoon from the sideboard. Then you stare out the window whilst your laptop screen shuts down the fanfiction site behind you.

Stage Four: The Healing

“Changing” – Sigma, Paloma Faith

Then one day out of the blue, you hear a small voice in the back of your mind. “Pull yourself together!” it says. And it sounds slightly like that guy from the book you just hid behind an encyclopaedia on your bookshelf. And then you realise. Yes, it was fiction. Yes, things like that never happen. But that’s ok. Why should that mean your life can’t be just as amazing, in its own way? Why can’t you climb a huge mountain or ride dangerously fast down a highway at night? (Okay maybe not that one!) It doesn’t have to be this way… is this really what {insert fictional idol’s name here} would want of you? Would they be proud? Or would they scoff at your reality? Well, you’ll show them!

Stage Five: New Beginnings

“I Can See Clearly Now” – Johnny Nash

You bounce to school the next day and everyone is very curious. “Who is this lively, beautiful new version of you?” they wonder. You feel like a changed person, a better human from learning all the valuable lessons said book taught you. You have a new flash in your smile and a twinkle in your eye. So when you see the glossy cover staring innocently up at you, you don’t hesitate as you flick through the first few pages. Your newly optimistic mind thinks “What’s the worst that could happen?” Oh, if only you remembered!

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