Fanfiction (fanfic, fan fiction) can be a great outlet for many things, such as polishing your skills as a writer or mourning (or denying) the death of a beloved character. But, just as with original writings, sometimes, you can use a little kick in your inspiration. Music can be a great source of that. Here are ten songs that can help inspire your writings, along with some fandoms that they might especially fit.
Disclaimer: I don’t own the fandoms or songs mentioned, and they are mentioned solely as one fan to others. Also, the fandoms recommended are those that this author is most familiar with.
Song: “Bedroom Hymns” by Florence + the Machine
Suggested Fandoms: Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire, Harry Potter
A wonderful song just chock-full of sexy innuendos, this song by Florence + the Machine is definitely for those of the pairing frame of mind. It has a bit of a religious context, so a personal recommendation is for the Supernatural fandom, or any fandom that wrestles with a Heaven/Hell theme.
Song: “Dance with the Devil” by Breaking Benjamin
Suggested Fandoms: Castlevania, Vampire Hunter D, Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel
A song that just seems to suggest the feeling of a “final stand” situation. And not just any final stand, but one that your main character thinks they might not come back from. There’s a desperation to the words that only adds to the idea of a “just one more time” situation. And maybe the villain your main character is going up against holds a little power over them, which is definitely a suggestion left behind by the song.
Song: “Afterlife” by Avenged Sevenfold
Suggested Fandoms: Darkwing Duck, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, Labyrinth
A darker sounding song from a darker sounding band for a few of the fandoms listed above, to be sure. But this one is definitely all in the lyrics. The song seems to suggest someone who has stumbled into a world not their own, and while it isn’t an altogether terrible world, they still have to make it home. But if you’ve got a character lost in another world, then this is the right song for you.
Song: “Hurricane” by 30 Seconds to Mars
Suggested Fandoms: The Dark Knight, Batman: the Animated Series, Vampire Hunter D, Supernatural, Kill Bill, Suckerpunch, Harry Potter, Castlevania
This is a song that suggests a lot of questions, a lot of hurt, and someone who is leaving or who wants to leave. There is also a hint of destruction in it. So this is great for that character that is out to cause a little mayhem, or the one who is questioning their faith or loyalties.
Song: “When You’re Evil” by Voltaire
Suggested Fandoms: Batman: the Animated Series, The Dark Knight, Darkwing Duck, DuckTales, Castlevania, Legend, Forever Knight, Supernatural, Witchblade
A very fun, playful song for those remorseless villains. If you have got a bad guy, or girl, who is evil and proud of it, then this is the song for them. The lyrics glorify everything that being the villain can be, and even has a really fun “psych!” moment at the end. If you want to really place yourself within the mind of a villain who just doesn’t give a damn, then this is the song for you.