Top 5 Songs That Inspired Ascendent Part 2

Here’s part two of my top 5 songs, this time for my deuteragonist Elias.

5.) Moon Song by Anthony Green

Same as Work Song, this perfectly illustrates Elias at the beginning of the book.


4.) Noticed by MUTEMATH

This is, admittedly, slightly ridiculous; but so is being in love for the first time.


3.) Foreigner’s God by Hozier

Just as Sabine has a difficult relationship with her mother, Elias has an equally difficult one with his father.


2.) Remain Nameless by Florence + The Machine

This is for one of those moments where it’s meaningful to just be there for someone.


1.) To Be Alone by Hozier

I know, another Hozier song. But, if I had to pick just one song, it would be a three-way tie between this one, Foreigner’s God, and Moon Song. It’s a heady feeling to be seen as the person you are.


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Top 5 Songs That Inspired Ascendent (Plus a Bonus Song!)

The current song count for the Ascendent playlist is 46; though, knowing me, that is likely to increase. However, I’ve decided to narrow that list down to the top 5 that inspired my protagonist Sabine.

5.) Work Song by Fallulah

This actually opens my playlist, and perfectly encapsulates Sabine at the beginning of the book. Life is work sometimes.


4.) Stolen Roses by Karen Elson

This song always symbolized the difficult relationship between Sabine and her mother for me.


3.) Arms Length by She Keeps Bees

The early stages of Sabine’s feelings for Elias (my top 5 for him is coming next).


2.) Make Me Stay by Gold Motel

This is for an ‘oh, fuck’ moment.


1.) Mother by Florence + The Machine

This is for the end, she’s mid-step in growing and there isn’t a tidy, clear cut ending.


Bonus: I’m On Fire by IO Echo

For my beloved little pyro, Sabine’s sister Fig.


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There’s Nothing Sexy About an Adonis.

DISCLAIMER: I am cis and heterosexual, that is what I am basing my opinion and examples on. If you aren’t, I would love to hear how your opinions differ.

You didn’t think I wouldn’t talk about love interests, did you? Imagine this, you’re reading a YA fantasy and the wonderfully flawed heroine has just met the love interest. She’s instantaneously in love with him because he’s so hot. That’s it. That’s all there is to it, the only way for him to be identified. He’s super fucking hot. Oy.

In the same vein of Is Your Protagonist a Plot Device?, you have to give your love interest human characteristics. Maybe he laughs at inappropriate times and doesn’t think before speaking. Maybe he makes terrible jokes that only he finds funny. Maybe he’s an accountant. There are myriad directions for you to go in, you just have to pick one. Because, if your love interest is hot and nothing more, why would your reader believe the romance?

But, as important as it is to imbue your protagonist’s love interest with fallacies, for the love of all that’s holy don’t make him physically perfect. Unless the character is actually a Greek god, reading about god like perfection is about as interesting as watching paint dry. Maybe he’s short, but incredibly charismatic. Maybe his eyes are too close together and he has a beak like nose. Maybe he has a man bun to hide his male pattern baldness. When describing Elias in Ascendent, I built on the basics, like height and hair color, with imperfections. “…a faint snore… The bump in his nose, the slight upward slant of his mouth, …”. Instead of perfection, he snores, there’s a bump in his nose, and his mouth is crooked.

Thank you for reading and tell me what you think in the comments. Bye!

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