Top Ten Tuesday | If the story’s over, why am I still writing pages? (AKA Taylor Swift songs as novels)


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!

This week’s theme is a freebie, so I thought I’d do something I’ve been thinking about doing for a little while and pick some Taylor Swift songs that I wish I could read as novels. Half of the songs are from evermore, which I guess is a sign that it must be my favourite of her albums!

’tis the damn season

So we could call it even
You could call me “babe” for the weekend
‘Tis the damn season, write this down
I’m staying at my parents’ house
And the road not taken looks real good now
And it always leads to you and my hometown

Give me a second chance friends-to-lovers romance set over Christmas, where Dorothea returns home from LA and reconnects with an old flame.


You got that James Dean daydream look in your eye
And I got that red lip classic thing that you like
And when we go crashing down, we come back every time
‘Cause we never go out of style
We never go out of style

Every time I listen to this song it makes me wish I was reading a book about a pair of immortal or reincarnated lovers who keep meeting, or trying to get to each other, throughout the centuries.


Life was a willow and it bent right to your wind
Head on the pillow, I could feel you sneaking in
As if you were a mythical thing
Like you were a trophy or a champion ring
And there was one prize I’d cheat to win

Not only does willow feel like a very witchy song, but describing a man as a ‘mythical thing’ immediately makes me think of some kind of fae/eldritch being. This song would be a quiet fantasy romance between a witch and the creature she’s drawn to in the woods.

I Did Something Bad

They say I did something bad
Then why’s it feel so good?
They say I did something bad
But why’s it feel so good?
Most fun I ever had
And I’d do it over and over and over again if I could
It just felt so good, good

This song would be a dark revenge thriller along the lines of Promising Young Woman, with a heroine who makes a living terrifying gross men.

no body, no crime

Este wasn’t there
Tuesday night at Olive Garden at her job or anywhere
He reports his missing wife
And I noticed when I passed his house his truck has got some brand new tires
And his mistress moved in
Sleeps in Este’s bed and everything
No, there ain’t no doubt
Somebody’s gotta catch him out

Speaking of thrillers, no body, no crime has exactly the kind of vibes I want from a story about murder. Give me women defending and seeking justice for other women, thanks very much.

False God

I know heaven’s a thing
I go there when you touch me, honey
Hell is when I fight with you
But we can patch it up good
Make confessions and we’re begging for forgiveness
Got the wine for you

False God is one of my favourite songs from Taylor and I feel like I never see people talking about it much. This song is so mellow and sensual, and I could see it becoming a fantasy or historical story about the relationship between two people from rival religions.

cowboy like me

Now you hang from my lips
Like the Gardens of Babylon
With your boots beneath my bed
Forever is the sweetest con

Give me a novel about a pair of con artists who fall in love, please and thank you.


And I’ve been meaning to tell you
I think your house is haunted
Your dad is always mad and that must be why
And I think you should come live with
Me and we can be pirates
Then you won’t have to cry

This is one of the loveliest songs on folklore. I’m picturing a quiet, contemporary Middle Grade novel about a child realising their friend lives in an abusive home, and hopefully finding a way to help them out of it.

champagne problems

Because I dropped your hand while dancing
Left you out there standing
Crestfallen on the landing
Champagne problems
Your mom’s ring in your pocket
My picture in your wallet
Your heart was glass, I dropped it
Champagne problems

This novel would be about a woman rediscovering herself after spending years in a relationship she no longer wants.

You Belong With Me

She wears high heels, I wear sneakers
She’s Cheer Captain and I’m on the bleachers

Rather than taking inspiration from the song, I’m going to take inspiration from the music video. Sure, when you’re a teenager, this seems so romantic, but if this guy liked the narrator so much then why was he with his apparently mean girlfriend? Give me a YA romance about two girls, from very different social circles, who think they both like the same guy… but who actually like each other.

What did you talk about this week?

12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | If the story’s over, why am I still writing pages? (AKA Taylor Swift songs as novels)

  1. Riddhi B. says:

    Oh my god, this is such a lovely and creative post!! I mean, I would love to read all these songs as books, they’d be amazing! And all these ideas for books are also so amazing Jess, especially the one for You Belong With Me!
    And I agree, False God is a seriously underrated song, it’s beat is SO good
    This is seriously one of the most unique posts I have seen in the blogosphere!


  2. FangirlFlax says:

    Oh my God, I wish I could like this post more than once! I agree on SO many of these. Every time I heard ’tis the damn season last year I kept expecting to see the Netflix Christmas romcom come up. Love this!


  3. Jaime says:

    This is such a fun list! You should recommend this for an actual Top Ten Tuesday prompt–not specifically Taylor Swift but any songs that could be books!

    I might have to use something similar for a prompt in the future either way! 🙂


  4. dinipandareads says:

    I love this! I’ve just come off another few days’ binge of folklore and evermore… But after this I think I need to binge the albums again because they’re two of my all-time faves 😍 These songs and your picks are so spot on. Great post, Jess!


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