Last night marked the end of the 2018 Winter Olympics, which featured EXO and CL. I used to listen to a lot of K-POP in high school and my freshman year of college, so I was excited when I recognized two K-POP songs during the Parade of Nations in the Opening Ceremony two weeks ago. In honor of the Winter Olympics, I’m going to connect the songs from the Parade of Nations to books. This list of songs comes from Romper.
If you don’t know what Music Monday is, aside from the hashtag on Twitter, Spines on a Line hosts the monthly meme Music Monday. The goal is to connect books to music.
“Gangnam Style” by PSY
This was the first song I recognized at the Opening Ceremony. It was popular a few years ago in the U.S., but I was excited to hear it again. Since Business Insider has described this song as a satire, I’m choosing Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, which I’ve also seen described as satire.
“Likey” by Twice
After watching the music video and checking the translation, I see that it’s talking a little bit about Instagram. The book this reminds me of is Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown because I’m pretty sure Instagram was one of the social media profiles that Joanna had to hide before moving to Rome, Georgia.
“Dance in the Rhythym” by Kim Wan-sun
This song reminds me of the music from Teen Witch. To stick to books, there are several balls in Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. For any captivating eyes, I think that it’s clear that Liesl has been distracted by the Goblin King’s eyes when she’s in the world of the living. All of her music is shaped by the king who was her childhood playmate.
“Fantastic Baby” by BIGBANG
I was very excited to hear this song. This is one of my favorite K-POP songs. I love the revolution and fire in the music video, so the series I connect to this song is The Hunger Games trilogy. The Hunger Games has the Girl on Fire. Catching Fire reintroduces the love interests. And Mockingjay brings the revolution fully into motion. The costumes also remind me of the citizens of the Capitol.
“DNA” by BTS
This reminds me of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. Color Coded Lyrics translated one line as “Our encounter is a mathematical formula.” That immediately brings the title to mind. The colors in the video and the message of this not being a coincidence remind me of Hadley and Oliver meeting in the airport.
“Red Flavor” by Red Velvet
This song and music video remind me of the cover of The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller. I haven’t read this book yet, but the lyrics remind me of this cover.
“Arirang,” the Unofficial Korean National Anthem
“Arirang” is both a folk song and the unofficial Korean national anthem. This song has a history of hope in times of despair. Les Misérables has this hope, at least in the volume titled Fantine. I particularly see this hope in Jean Valjean when he is saved by the bishop.
What did you think of the Olympics? Do you listen to K-POP? Do these songs remind you of any books?