So, technically this isn’t a book, but it is a story. I found the webcomic Hero senior year in college and loved it immediately. There is a beautiful, dreamlike quality to both the artwork and the storyline which completely enchants me. I also discovered “Endless Dream” by Conjure One the weekend I found Hero; I even listened to it while reading the comic. And now whenever I play the song, I think of this story.
Hero is the story of a young man named Lost who reads many, many books and dreams of faraway cities beyond the beach house where he lives with the Witch and her cat. One day, he leaves to discover the world for himself. At his first stop, a tower down the beach, he opens a mysterious door and meets a black-clad man named Valentine who rides a sentient motorcycle called Duck (which, delightfully, can transform into a mecha flying machine, and sometimes, indeed, a black-feathered duck which sits on his head).
Lost and Valentine travel together, and over the course of their journey, Lost learns that he is a golem, a being created by sorcery, to replace a dead golem named Eira who fought against Valentine in a war, yet was his friend. As Lost learns more about Eira’s past, he wonders whether he truly can be the same person as Eira. Yet nonetheless, he comes to care for Valentine, and the other friends he makes along his journey.
I chose this song for this comic because Hero is about a character remembering, as if in a dream, who he might have been in a life when he was someone else, “when I was you and you were me.” Lost is indeed on a journey of memory, and Eira “is just a trip” that Lost is on, having left the one place he believed he once belonged. There literally is a scene “where you were falling from the world, as aimless as a shooting star.” The artwork of the comic is filled with many lovely images of “changing clouds.” And having dreamed Eira’s dream, Lost learns to love the people whom Eira had: “that is when I’ll dream a dream where I am you and you are me, and then I’ll know your love.”
I highly recommend that you check out this comic. Unfortunately, it is not yet finished and updates are very slow. Yet what has been written is fully worth a read. Possibly the coolest thing about the comic is that the entire story (save one chapter) has no text within the frames; instead, text boxes appear as you move your cursor over the appropriate frames. Thus, the text never interferes with the story being told through pictures, and you get a chance to guess the story from the images alone before reading the narration. The art is beautiful–translucent and flowing–definitely deserving to be seen uncluttered by text. And when you do read the narration, Lost’s voice is delightful.
Aaaaand just to be subversive…
Twilight and “Angels”
If I had lots of time on my hands and nothing better to do with myself (neither a likely proposition), I would rewrite the Twilight saga, with this song by Within Temptation as the inspiration. Edward’s possessive, but still almost-romantic protectiveness for Bella? Completely a cover for his evil ulterior motives. And when he abandons her in the beginning of the second book, Bella transforms her broken heart into a resolve to hunt down the monsters who wronged her. She becomes a kick-ass slayer in black leather, and teams up with werewolf Jake Black to purge Washington of blood-suckers. It would be dark, violent, and decidedly not sparkly.
I almost linked one of the Twilight music videos (yes, they exist, some serious, at least one parodic) for this song, but I decided I wasn’t cruel enough to make you all stare at Eddie “Douchebag” Cullen for four minutes. Besides, that way you can imagine my story, which is going to be way better, anyway.
Post Scriptus: I feel like I need to figure out a way to link all my meme entries thematically. I mean, last week was Dream of the Endless, this week is a song called “Endless Dream” (which, incidentally, happens to be right next to “Mr. Sandman” in my iTunes library. So much joy!).