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discoWhat’s trending in the literary world these days? Playlists! That’s right, playlists for everything from door-stopper novels to slim, short fiction collections.

You could..um..do your thing to Kings of Leon while reading Fifty Shades of Grey (full playlist hereor you could channel Billie Holiday while digesting The Bone Season (playlist).


BSpBetter yet, you could create your own playlists for favorite books and blog about it. Here’s one that Brenna Dixon did for The Color Master. More from her Ploughshares blog series found here.

Even self-published authors can get in on the action. Some are building their playlists right into the book. Like this one from Colleen Hoover’s popular ebook Slammed.  slammed

Best-selling authors can do it too. Here’s a list of music built-into Michael Connelly’s novels.  [By the way, his newest book, The Gods of Guilt, releases in December.]

GOGPersonally, I’d like to see someone apply the trend to poetry. Take a magazine with an online presence, say Pebble Lake Review or 32 Poems, and have readers post songs that suit the mood of the poem or take off on a line or an image.

PLR_logoI  think this would attract more takers (and be loads more fun) than Robert Lee Brewer’s challenge, where he asks readers of his collection to mash together bits from his 32P_fb_avatar_v01-120x300own poems to form new ones.

Although, I do applaud his innovation.  We are all looking for ways to expand poetry to a wider audience. [For more on this subject, see previous post.] So kudos.  I just like the idea of this playlist thing better. It rides on the back of other cultural trends and incorporates more senses.

It is working wonders in the YA fiction space.  [I’ll let you google the blogs.]  The question is does it belong in adult fiction?

Tell me what you think:

Do playlists add or subtract from “literature”? Poetry?

As an author, are you embracing the playlist trend or bucking it?