TMP – TV Edition: Opening Title Sequence

It’s Thursday and I’m back with a new Thursday Movie Picks feature post. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I find a very manageable amount.

As it so happens once per month though, today offers us another look at television shows by making it a TV Edition focusing on Opening Title Sequences! Now, what makes a compelling opening title sequence? For me, it often is more about the song than the visuals, but sometimes those are just so brilliant too that I don’t even want to skip them. I’m going to have such a hard time picking just a few!

Dark

Dark is one of my all time favorite shows and the title sequence was done so well. It basically oozes that ominous aura it thrives upon and if you look closely, the intros give different hints for every season.

The Politician

It’s a recent addition, but ever since I heard and saw it, I fell in love with the intro for the Politician. Not only is it a smart way to show the main character’s inner workings, but it’s also Sufjan Stevens – you cannot go wrong with Sufjan Stevens!

Black Sails

The amount of incredible detail that went into this intro is incredible. It’s definitely on the longer side, but I rarely skipped it when I watched the show, I just enjoyed it that much.

Veronica Mars

Could not resist adding this one here. When “We Used to Be Friends” starts playing, I’m immediately back to my 12-year-old self wanting to be a badass private detective. This show shaped me and the song belongs to that experience.

Rectify

Rectify is such an underrated show in general and the intro was always just beautiful. It is so calming, reflecting that slow storytelling perfectly.

Honorable Mentions

There’s a lot of shows from my childhood and early teens that will just always be dear to me, even if possibly wasn’t the most original intros ever. And there’s just also shows from my adult days that didn’t all fit in above. As I said at the beginning of the post, the song choice is really essential for a good intro and these shows had a great song:

  • Friday Night Lights
  • One Piece
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Dawson’s Creek
  • The O.C.
  • Everwood
  • Game of Thrones
  • True Blood
  • Smallville
  • Misfits
  • Sherlock (BBC)
  • Westworld
  • Doom Patrol
  • Vikings
  • Downton Abbey
  • Daredevil
  • Outlander
  • Doug
  • Pepper Ann

My FAVORITE Outro!

Just because I always like to mess with the themes of the week a little bit, here is my favorite outro song ever – Bojack Horseman! I’m terrible because I usually don’t watch credits, but with that show I always wanted to listen to the song some more.


What is an opening title sequence or intro you will never forget? Let’s talk about that!

Even More Songs I Wish Were Books!

I have done this before (check out the old post here) and everyone always really seemed to like me sharing some of my at times strange and at times super mainstream music selection. Just to summarize what this post is, I will be sharing songs that I think either make for a great story based on the lyrics or the music video and then describe what I’d expect the book to be like in a couple sentences. I hope you all enjoy and feel inspired to maybe do the same!

Hard Place by H.E.R.

This makes for the perfect base for a toxic relationship novel. I’d imagine this to be more in the adult genre than YA, but it could be on the cusp between the two. Either way, I think it shows the struggles of loving someone deeply, putting them before yourself and losing bits of yourself through that, because nothing ever changes and resentment grows. The challenge and ultimate goal would be to break free from being stuck and accepting heartbreak (the hard place) rather than a love that does you wrong.

 

Pleader by alt-J

When I first saw this music video, which is basically a short film in itself, I was so mesmerized. I wouldn’t want it to be the exact same glum thing as the video (which is based on Tarkovsky’s The Sacrifice along with the music), but here’s what I imagine: A small, close-knit community has been prophesied a life altering extinction-level event (the meteor), but they manage to save one child. The story follows that kid as it grows up in an unfamiliar environment and as to reclaim its roots.

 

I Lost a Friend by FINNEAS

I just think there aren’t nearly enough books about friend-break-ups, which can honestly be just as heartbreaking and earth-shattering as romantic break-ups. I don’t know what specifics I would give for this book, I’d just like people to talk about this more, because not everyone has the same best friend from High School to old age?

 

IDK You Yet by Alexander 23

In my head, this is not a contemporary novel, but something with Fantasy or Science Fiction elements instead. The main character would go through a hard time (“cause lately it’s been hard”) and maybe they’re not human (let’s take the lines “They’re sellin’ me for parts, And I don’t wanna be modern art” literally). An old model of an android, forgotten by humanity and used for parts, yearning for a place in this world, until they meet the person that fits them (does not need to be romantic).

 

Now You’re Gone by Tom Walker feat. Zara Larsson

Again, this is very much inspired by the video. Let’s make him a real magician, constantly putting the life of his true love and assistant at risk, because he wants more global recognition. His mania and drives him to desperation, making it impossible for her to stay. I’d imagine this to be the kind of cruel book with an open end where you don’t find out if she survived the last trick or not.

 

Devil Town by Bright Eyes

This is a comedy about a person who’s living in “Devil Town” and all their friends are vampires as well as themselves, but due to some curse, they keep forgetting it and always have to rediscover it again. Underlying messages about consumerism and the darker side of human nature are an option, but it would generally be on the light-hearted side.

 

Graveyard by Halsey

Honestly, lesbian ghost love story and have it set at a deserted amusement park. Enough said.

 

Every Time I Breathe by Arlissa

I just want this to be a love story spanning over decades, where one tiny decision in the grand scheme of things tore them apart while they are still pinning for each other. (Or, considering it’s connection with Charmed just more Hacy fan fiction. I’d be down either way)

 

Play With Fire by Sam Tinnesz feat. Yacht Money

A firefighter with secrets they can’t share with anyone else. They live on the edge, “playing with fire”, but are at a breaking point when they become too reckless and endanger their entire team. Will they be able to overcome their need for adrenaline?

 


Gosh, I hope I articulated myself alright with some of these, but I’m pretty sure everything sounded better in my head? What did you think of my selection and book wishes? Let’s talk!

(More) Songs That I Wish Were Books!

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A while back I did a Top Ten Tuesday post with songs that I would like to see as short stories or entire books. Well, I revisited said post and somehow I just thought about all the new music I would add to that now. So, that’s what I am going to do!

Hozier – Cherry Wine

I can’t do any music list without Hozier in it. It’s impossible! (or at least highly unlikely) This would make a really emotional story about domestic abuse and considering the lyrics it would be from the man’s perspective. Not that I don’t appreciate the video, it’s great, but I think that men are often overlooked when it comes to that issue.

The Lumineers – Sleep on the Floor/Angela/Cleopatra

Okay, sorry about the three songs, but can you just watch the all three videos and then try to tell me this isn’t absolutely freaking amazing!? The Lumineers are a banging band as it is, but that is some music video ART! However, if I had to chose just one of the the songs to make into a story, it would be “Sleep on the Floor” – road trip stories are the best!

Leon Bridges – The River

As Bridges stated himself, the river is a symbol of change and redemption and that’s exactly what I would expect from the bookish version. It would also have a strong message on racial injustice, considering that the video is a take on the Baltimore Uprising. It would be just as raw and heartbreaking as the song.

MAGIC! – No Regrets

So, this would be a relationship drame – we all got issues, but we have to live in the now and we need to live without regrets. People usually tend to regret not having done things, rather than having done something and failed anyway.

Tom Odell – Magnetised

Unrequited love! No other explanation needed … maybe about rich boy who gets rejected? Tom seems so fancy in this video.

Gotye – Bronte

I would expect this to be a coming of age story, about loss and saying goodbye, having to move on eventually. To think he wrote that song about his dog, it breaks my heart.

The Killers – Shot at the Night

Adulting is horrendous, so when we get the chance to go on an adventure, we should take it without hesitation! I know it sounds dumb and dangerous, but sometimes random adventures with strangers are the most fun thing on the planet. This is definitely some kind of retro-yet-modern-day-Cinderella-story anyway, so the guy is super (Prince) charming.!

The Chainsmokers ft. Phoebe Ryan – All We Know

I say, this book would be about a guy who doesn’t know how to handle that one of his loved ones is having a terminal illness. He goes through the stages, is angry all the time and doesn’t open up, until he realises that he can’t do this alone.

Again, I was super vague and short with my synopsis for each of the stories, but you are more than welcome to discuss with me in the comments! Also, this isn’t really a tag, but you should totally do this as well if you want to! It sparks the creativity!

Top Ten Tuesday: Songs I Wish Were Books

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It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday post, which is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, if you want to know more about it, you can just click on the name! Here’s what she had in mind:

This week is all about music & books. We previously did books we’d give theme songs to so feel free to do that! Or 10 songs I wish that were books (check out my love songs I wish were books for an example of what I mean)

It sounds like a really cool idea and I always love to share some of my favourite songs! I am not sure how exactly to explain why I would want them to be books. The lyrics or maybe the music video were probably the reason, I’ll just leave it at that for now.

I Found by Amber Run

Falling for your kidnapper? Classic story! There’s another music video that continues the story, but it leaves on a cliffhanger and I would love to know what comes afterwards!

Nature Boy by AURORA

AURORA’s voice is magical! It makes everything sound enchanted and surreal and I know that she only covers the song, but it makes me that much more intrigued about the story from the lyrics.

Bloodsport by Raleigh Ritchie

I don’t really know how to explain this. I could see a story about a poisonous relationship though.

Magnets by Disclosure feat. Lorde

This would be such a good revenge story! Put some more background info on all the characters in it and voila – new book!

From Eden by Hozier

You’ve just watched the video, right? I apparently seem to have a knack for people who connect to their abductors.

Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift

TayTay always has really great music videos and this one seem cool, set in old-fashioned Hollywood-ish times. Love between colleagues, regret and longing – I am totally in!

The Stranger by Lord Huron

A stranger appearing in someone’s life. Do they know each other? Suddenly they are both in danger and need to trust each other to get out of the mess.

Katie Queen of Tennesee by The Apache Relay

A tale of unrequited love – who is this Katie person? Is the guy really in love with her or only with the idea of her?

Let It All Go by BIRDY + RHODES

I imagine a heartbreaking love story, but it’s set in some sort of fantastical realm. Definitely not just a normal contemporary, yet something that pulls on your heartstrings like crazy!

Half Light by BANNERS

People drifting apart from each other, one of them is changing and the other one doesn’t understand what’s happening. They aren’t realising the full potential of who they could be.

My explanations aren’t the most detailed, so if you want to discuss bookish ideas, I’d love to do that in the comments. What are some songs you would like to see extended in form of a book? Did you know/like/dislike some of my examples? Don’t hesitate to share a link to your TTT below!