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High Fidelity Monologue

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
Character: Rob
Gender: Male
Age (range): Late 20s-30s
Style: Drama
Length: 2 minutes


What came first? The music or the misery? People worry abnout kids playing with guns or watching violent videos that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands, of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery, and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music? It would be nice to think that since I was 14, times have changed. Relationships have become more sophisticated. Females less cruel. Skins thicker. Instincts more developed. But there seems to be an element of that afternoon in everything that's happened to me since. All my romantic stories -- are a scrambled version of that first one.