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    Updated on Aug 22, 2020. Posted on Dec 9, 2014

    What Classic Novel Should You Read Based On Your Favorite Track On Taylor Swift's "1989"?

    Probably Jane Austen.

    "Welcome To New York": The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

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    Signet Classics

    "Kaleidoscope of loud heartbeats under coats / Everybody here wanted something more." -- Taylor Swift

    “The difference is that these young people take it for granted that they're going to get whatever they want, and that we almost always took it for granted that we shouldn't. Only, I wonder—the thing one's so certain of in advance: can it ever make one's heart beat as wildly?” -- Edith Wharton

    "Blank Space": White Noise by Don Delillo


    "So it's gonna be forever / Or it's gonna go down in flames." -- Taylor Swift

    “I feel sad for people and the queer part we play in our own distasters.” -- Don Delillo

    "Style": The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

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    "He says, 'What you've heard is true but I / Can't stop thinking about you,' and I / I said, 'I've been there too a few times.'" -- Taylor Swift

    “The passion of love separated its victim terribly from everyone but the loved object.” -- Henry James

    "Out Of The Woods": Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

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    "Are we out of the woods yet? Are we out of the woods yet? Are we out of the woods yet? Are we out of the woods?" -- Taylor Swift

    "We like companionship, see, but we can't stand to be around people for very long. So we go get ourselves lost, come back for a while, then get the hell out again.” -- Jon Krakauer

    "All You Had To Do Was Stay": Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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    "All you had to do was stay. All you had to do was stay. All you had to do was stay." -- Taylor Swift

    “'You're so brutal to those who love you, Scarlett. You take their love and hold it over their heads like a whip.'” -- Margaret Mitchell

    "Shake It Off": Emma by Jane Austen

    Farrar, Straus & Giroux

    "You could have been getting down to this sick beat." -- Taylor Swift

    "Why not seize the pleasure at once?" -- Jane Austen

    "Bad Blood": Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

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    "Baby now we got bad blood / You know it used to be mad love." -- Taylor Swift

    "He did not care if she was heartless, vicious and vulgar, stupid and grasping, he loved her." -- W. Somerset Maugham

    "How You Get The Girl": The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

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    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    "I want you for worse or for better / I would wait for ever and ever." -- Taylor Swift

    “Maybe when people longed for a thing that bad the longing made them trust in anything that might give it to them.” -- Carson McCullers

    "Wildest Dreams": Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Wordsworth Classics

    "Say you'll remember me / Standing in a nice dress, staring at the sunset, babe." -- Taylor Swift

    "'Think how you love me,' she whispered. 'I don't ask you to love me always like this, but I ask you to remember.'" -- F. Scott Fitzgerald

    "I Wish You Would": Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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    Dover Thrift

    "I wish you were right here, right now, it's all good. I wish you would." -- Taylor Swift

    "To wish was to hope, and to hope was to expect." -- Jane Austen

    "This Love": Women In Love by D. H. Lawrence

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    "This love is good, this love is bad / This love is alive back from the dead." -- Taylor Swift

    "She thought she loved, she thought she was full of love." -- D. H. Lawrence

    "I Know Places": Howards End by E. M. Forster

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    "Baby I know places we won't be found." -- Taylor Swift

    "Those who prepare for all the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense of joy.” -- E. M. Forster

    "Clean": Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

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    Random House

    "I think I am finally clean." -- Taylor Swift


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