There is a lovely symmetry between Beth Revis’s Across the Universe and the Beatles’s haunting song of the same title. The stanzas in the Beatles song describe restless images tumbling through the mind, as if in a dream, similar to Amy as she makes her way across the universe. Meanwhile, Elder is fixed in his world, set to become the next leader. He could be responding to Amy’s whirling visions with the steady, “Nothing’s gonna change my world.”
Or maybe I’m stretching it too far! Have a listen and tell me what you think.
Also of note, a movie entitled Across the Universe was released in 2007. The connection to the Beatles song is not accidental; thirty-four songs originally written by the Beatles shape the soundtrack and the plot. The movie is kind of a loved it/hated it kind of thing, using a mash-up of Beatles songs and images of the Vietnam War. Those things go together in my head, so I like it.
— Diane Colson, currently reading And Then Things Fall Apart by Arlaina Tibensky and listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, read by the author.