Top Ten Tuesday: #SYTYCD Routines that Could (and Should) Inspire Books (@DANCEonFOX)

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week is a FREEBIE topic, which is good because I’ve been cheating the last few weeks anyway. Best let me get it all out of my system at once so I can go back to playing by the rules ASAP.

I’ve been a little like a kid in a candy store trying to come up with a topic, but I kept coming back to the same thought after I saw Victoria Schwab mention on Twitter that her upcoming book The Archived was inspired by this dance from one of my favorite TV shows, So You Think You Can Dance. Then Myra McEntire threw more fuel onto the fire by letting me know that several characters in the Hourglass series are based on dancers and choreographers from the show.

And I started to think, what if more authors used this show as inspiration for their books? There’s certainly enough inspiration to choose from.

And thus I bring you my Top Ten list this week, in which I let my imagination run wild. I even pitch a plot for each book and pick an author that I think has the chops to pull it off (disclaimer: that doesn’t mean that the author has ever written anything like these pitches; I just think their their voices and strengths would lend themselves well to these stories).

Authors, feel free to take me up on any of these. My world would be a happy, happy place if you did.

My Top Ten Book Pitches Inspired by So You Think You Can Dance

(additional disclaimer: I could either have picked 10 dances, or done 10 book pitches. I did the latter, because that lets me use more dances)

1. Collide/How it Ends/My First Kiss, Season 7

Premise: After having his heart broken when his high school sweetheart is stolen by his best friend, an introverted teen begins an awkward and ill-fated relationship with his teacher.

Suggested Author: Lauren Oliver

2. Are You the One? (Two Princes), Season 3

Premise: Two childhood friends grow up to find themselves the reluctant heirs of warring kingdoms.

Suggested Author: Kristin Cashore

3. Comanche, Season 6

Premise: A retelling of the classic Romeo & Juliet story, set among the organized crime families in 1930s Chicago.

Suggested Author: Myra McEntire

4. The GardenSeason 4

Premise: Renegade wood nymphs decide to leave their forest home to live among the humans, but their mischievous ways and mysterious powers make them a target for dark forces that would harness their powers for evil.

Suggested Author: Victoria Schwab

5. Heaven is a Place on Earth/Battlefield/Coming HomeSeason 7/Season 5/Season 8 (yes, I know the gender of the soldier changes throughout these dances, but that’s why they’re inspiration and not a literal representation)

Premise: A young couple’s relationship struggles after one of them enlists to serve overseas, has an affair with a fellow soldier, and finally returns home to battle PTSD.

Suggested Author: John Green

6. Ramalama (Bang Bang)/Paris is BurningSeason 2 (this is actually the 100th episode version, which has the S2 dancers + choreographer Wade Robson)/Season 7

Premise: In an alternate Victorian London ruled by the undead, a small group of young aristocrats struggles to hide a dangerous secret: They’re still alive.

Suggested Author: Julie Kagawa

7. Ra, Season 7

Premise: In a post-apocalyptic future where intelligent robots have won the war against humanity, a small group of rebels fights back.

Suggested Author: Veronica Roth

8. Every Little Thing She Does is Magic/The DanceSeason 7 (sorry, I couldn’t find a higher quality video that allowed embedding, but if you want to go to YouTube, there’s a high quality version here)/Season 4

Premise: A teenaged Alice returns to Wonderland and joins forces with the Mad Hatter to raise an army and overthrow the Red Queen’s reign of terror.

Suggested Author: Marissa Meyer

9. Ordinary Day, Season 6

Premise: After being dumped by her boyfriend and shunned by her classmates following a vicious rumor, the most popular girl in school finds the only person that she can truly be herself around is her neighbor, a boy she has ignored since elementary school.

Suggested Author: Meg Cabot

10. Bleeding Love/Mad World, Season 4/Season 7 (This is the tour version of the performance, because I couldn’t find a version of the original that I could embed)

Premise: After his relationship with his wife falls apart because of his workaholic ways, a successful businessman re-examines his life when he discovers the beggar outside his office is his college roommate.

Suggested Author: Markus Zusak

If you liked this topic, I told my friend Shannon over at Stalking the Bookshelves that I was going to do this topic this week, and she asked if she could join on the SYTYCD fun. And of course, my thoughts were the more the merrier! We didn’t tell each other which dances we were picking, so head on over to her post and see if we picked any of the same ones!

Also, if you’ve never watched SYTYCD but now you want to (and you SHOULD want to), now is a great time to start! The first performance episode airs tomorrow (7/11) on FOX at 8 EST.

Sorry for the commercial.

41 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: #SYTYCD Routines that Could (and Should) Inspire Books (@DANCEonFOX)

    • Go right ahead! I’d just appreciate if you’d give me credit for the idea and link back here 🙂 Just beware – once you get sucked into the SYTYCD YouTube vortex, there is no escape.

      And so far I think my favorite this season is Amelia, but there are SO many great dancers! I’m excited about this season!

  1. Wow, great list, and such a unique topic…I loved reading all your ideas and watching the videos. The dancing is incredible, and there’s definitely a lot of inspiration to be found in there. Your ideas are great – Kristin Cashore would be a fantastic author for the Two Princes idea, and the thought of Markus Zusak writing the plot based off Bleeding Love and Mad World gives me chills.

  2. I absolutely love this post! I’m a huge fan of the US SYTYCD and have watched every season except for the first one.

    I love that you started out with some Kent Boyd – he’s of my favourite contestants and one of the ones that I always believed he was telling a story when he danced. I can definitely picture some of the novels you’d proposed. 🙂
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    • Kent is one of my all-time favorites, along with Robert Roldan and Billy Bell (hence why I have so much love for season 7!), Jakob Karr, Kathryn McCormick, Mark Kanemura, Brandon Bryant and Neil Haskell. Which is why you’ll see all of them up there, most of them several times 🙂

  3. LOVE this post! WOW!! I’ve never wanted So You Think…..but now I really, really want to. I can also see that Heaven on Earth dance for John Green’s Fault in Our Stars! Just a really great post overall. I’m so stunned by these dances; they are *soo* beautiful!

    I also participated in this week’s Top Ten:
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    • It is a fabulous show! I’m not a big “reality show” person – this is the only one I watch – but the level of talent and artistry is just incredible. If you wanted to watch, now is a great time to start – the first competition episode of this season airs tomorrow night!

      And as for dances that fit Fault in Our Stars, there’s two that really fit that book: This one and This one.

  4. I am so glad we decided to do this for our freebie Top Ten Tuesday. I spent way to much time yesterday watching SYTYCD routines trying to narrow down my favs.

    You picked so many good ones! I’m really happy to see we only share 2 in common. How hard was it coming up with authors? I know you were worried about it but you did a great job.

    My favorite storyline is for The Garden cuz you know I’d read anything Victoria wrote. Plus that routine is amazing. Courteny & Mark kick its ass! 😀
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    • It actually wasn’t that hard once I stopped feeling the need to peg authors into a specific genre and just decided to ask myself who could write the characters, even if it’s totally different from what they’ve previously done. Which is why I’ve got Lauren Oliver and Myra McEntire so far outside the box.

      And yes, doesn’t The Garden just scream “There’s more to this story!”?

    • No, but that one was the one I thought, “Hm, I wonder if someone’s already written something like this.” But based on my vast research of books-I’ve-already-read, I couldn’t come up with one. Just goes to show how easy it is to “copy” an idea you’ve never heard of 🙂

  5. I love this list! SYTYCD is one of my all-time favorite shows and I’ve always loved the stories the choreographers come up with. I would read all of these especially the Bleeding Love/Mad World one and Are You the One. I may “borrow” this idea and try to do it for the next TTT freebie. Wonderful job!
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