Monday, August 29, 2011

Have You Heard? Literary Mixtape

Last week I came across the Literary Mixtape for Tigger by Emily Temple over at Flavorwire. Here's her explanation of a series that's too much fun:
If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. 
I'm hooked. I bounced along to Tigger's playlist for an entire workday. (Aren't you glad you don't share an office with me?)

I couldn't resist getting in on the fun, and neither could Adam. Here is our homage to Ms. Temple's literary mixtape stylings. My Literary Mixtape: Mr. Darcy.

"Pre-Ex-Girlfriend" by Five Iron Frenzy
It all started when he saw her at that ball, when he "watched her on the floor tonight". He's stunned by "the intellect that girl has."

"I Want To Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles
Have you seen the new Pride and Prejudice film with Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy? Remember all those shots of his hand as he helps Elizabeth into the carriage or watches her flee Pemberley?

"I Get A Kick Out Of You" performed by Frank Sinatra 
"I get a kick every time I see/ You standing there before me./ I get a kick though it's clear to see/ You obviously do not adore me." Poor Mr. Darcy.

"Your Boyfriend Sucks" by The Ataris
This is Mr. Darcy's message to Elizabeth during the Mr. Wickham days. Note: instead of "best friend," insert "the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry."

"Can't Buy Me Love" by The Beatles 
Mr. Darcy might own half of Derbyshire and have ten thousand a year, but after proposing to Elizabeth, he learns that it can't buy him love.

"Please Read The Letter" by Robert Plant and (for this version) Alison Krauss 
Rejected in love: what's a man to do? Stay up all night writing a letter, of course. "I have been walking in the grove some time in the hope of meeting you. Will you do me the honour of reading that letter?" And it begins to change her mind.

"My Hero" by Foo Fighters
Lydia is lost for ever and so are Elizabeth's hopes of a future with Mr. Darcy...until a hero tracks Lydia and Wickham, bribes a cad, and arranges a wedding.

"Finally Forever" by Chris Cornell 
And they lived happily ever after.

What would you add to Mr. Darcy's literary mixtape? 


  1. Thank, you. Thank, YOU! I've been playing literary playlists in the shop all day. It's a shame not a single person has come in to enjoy these marvels with me.

  2. I'm so glad you like them. I've had a blast with them and had to share.