Hello! Welcome back to Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Books, the series where I match three books to a Disney song. This time I am here with a song recommendation from Fran Laniado – If I Can’t Love Her from the stage adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. I’m glad she recommended it as I absolutely love this song for its emotion and tumultuous nature. It gives such a great insight into the Beast as a character and how he struggles sharing his inner thoughts.
I can’t say that I love all the books I’ve picked for this post – two of them are Marmite books but they were the first ones that jumped out at me when I listened to the song and thought about dark, torturous romances. It’s not knowing how to live without that other person, and regardless of my personal opinions, especially as I don’t tend to read books based on romance alone, I these are a good match. Hopefully you will think so too.
In that case, let’s get on with it.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.
If there’s one thing that stands out about Wuthering Heights, it’s the romance and the unbearable outpouring of torment between Cathy and Heathcliff. The whole story is centred around these two characters and how everybody has to deal with that because the relationship is stooped in nothing but drama, and problem after problem. It’s the main reason why I personally don’t like this classic, but I’m having it as one of my choices as I think the relationship between Cathy and Heathcliffe fits the song, and a lot of people do love it for that drama and tension.
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Another book (technically a play) I’m not a huge fan of but Romeo and Juliet are clearly two characters in love that cannot be without each other, and that is essentially what the song is about. It’s not knowing how to live without one’s love and clearly Romeo and Juliet couldn’t when the play ends the way it does.
Chronicles of St Mary’s by Jodi Taylor
Particularly from the ending of A Second Chance, and A Trail of Time onwards. Let’s just say something happens and it means that the characters of Leon Bairstow and Madeline Maxwell (or usually just ‘Max’) have to reevaluate how much they love each other. Although their blossoming relationship was intense in the first book, it gets stronger and Leon especially has a tough time trying keep himself together whenever Max does something reckless – an impossible task as that’s the way she is nearly 90% of the time. His past also means that he will do anything to keep himself and Max together, and he cannot bear the thought of losing anyone again.
Apologies for being quite cryptic but it’s hard to talk about this series and it’s crazy plot without being spoilery.
So there are my three choices.
Although the first two jumped out at me, I’m not entirely sure whether I misinterpreted the song in order to fit the last book. With not being a romance reader, especially dramatic romances, it felt hard to pick a third choice.
Anyway, what’s done is done.
What do you think of my choices?
Do you think they fit the song?
What books would you have chosen?
As always thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!