The Book Theme Meme | The Song of Achilles

The Book Theme Meme was created by Lila over at The Bookeeper’s Secrets, and aims to pair a book with a song or piece of music. How do they relate to each other in your opinion? It can be in any way, shape or form. It might not relate at all, but when you hear a particular song, you think of a particular book or series.

This week is one of my absolute favourites in a genre I rarely delve into, Historical Fiction. I’ve mentioned before why I’m not a huge fan, but mostly the genre just doesn’t grip me as much as I’d like it too. I’ve read some in the past that have been fantastic, but the majority, I just can’t seem to pick up.

But then this beauty came along, and ooh boy.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is a retelling of The Iliad by Homer, only our narrator is Patroclus, a boy who is exiled and taken under the wing of another king and another kingdom, where he meets Achilles, a boy destined for greatness. The story follows their journey from childhood to adulthood as they gruel the years in the Trojan War.

Unfortunately, the book was a library book, and so I can’t take pretty pictures with it. And so here’s some fanart by the talented Becca at arianwen44:

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And I’m pairing it with one of my favourite songs on the album Death Of A Bachelor by Panic! At The Disco which is, ironically, a meaningful title in the context of The Song of Achilles.

Golden Days is an absolutely beautiful song. It wasn’t the first song I heard on the album, but it was the first song that I heard in which made me buy the album instantly. And it was around about the time I was reading The Song Of Achilles.

The story and the lyrics just meld together perfectly. Brendon Urie singing of promising a loved one that he’ll make the days they spend together perfect, golden even. He’ll never forget those days, even now, when things aren’t so great. Patroclus often wishes to return back to the time when he and Achilles were kids, roaming free and doing what they wanted. But, what’s important to Patroclus is that he and Achilles are together.

SO. FRICKIN’. BEAUTIFUL.

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