Fake Book Premises Inspired by Songs

Do you ever listen to a song and think that it would make a great book? I do.

Songs can be inspirational! There are songs written about books, and it only makes sense that books could be written about or at least be inspired by songs. I know there probably are books inspired by songs, but googling isn’t much help. I am also almost certain that fanfiction writers pull plots from songs all the time (Don’t ask how I know this, the answer isn’t pretty). I’m not sure if anyone has blogged about this before and I tried googling but I’m sure my terms could have been better.

Anyway, here are two fake book premises based on songs.

“Soco Amaretto Lime” by Brand New
lyrics

There are actually so many Brand New songs that would make great books (maybe I’ll do more of them later), but this one would be really cool for a guys hanging out, partying, and romantic angst.

So here’s the situation:
lyrics are in green

(I’m naming the MC Jesse after the lead singer of Brand New)

Jesse is 18, and it’s the summer after high school. He hangs out and drinks with his group of guys (which includes Pete, who he passes the bottle back to, obviously). They like chilling on an overpass (danger is fun). “Passed out on the overpass “ They feel like they own the town and they feel young and powerful. “And tonight will go on forever while we 
walk around this town like we own the streets ” 

I’m gonna stay eighteen forever (cut me open) 
So we can stay like this forever (sun poisoned) 
And we’ll never miss a party (this offer…)
cause we keep them going constantly (…stands forever)
And we’ll never have to listen (new haircut) 
to anyone about anything (new bracelet) 
cause it’s all been done and it’s all been said (eyeliner) 
we’re the coolest kids and we take what we can get 

I can’t really think of any books that are just about a group of friends chilling and getting into trouble, wanting to get out of town “(get) the hell out of this town find some conversation.” These things are very representative of being a teenager in my experience (which, admittedly, was a while ago) there wasn’t always something huge and defining happening, and a chill book about just life.

Add in the drama of young love you’re just jealous cause I’m young and in love and first kisses with some injuries new stitches, (I mean, they hang out on overpasses and parkways, who’d have thunk?) arguments ending with photos being torn up and you’re tearin up your photos cause you wanna forget… it’s overand it would be interesting! Maybe there could even be a sequel where the girl from the break up goes to England to study abroad and the boy is bitter? There are so many possibilities!

“My Happy Ending” by Avril Lavigne
lyrics

A lot of Avril songs (okay just a lot of songs in general) could inspire books too. This one would be a break up song.

Here’s the situation:
lyrics are in purple

Girl (teen? adult? it could work either way) gets dumped. She wants an explanation, because who doesn’t want to know why they’re being dumped? Let’s talk this over It’s not like we’re dead Was it something I did? Was it something You said? She thought they were happy. You were all the things I thought I knew And I thought we could be. 

There’s drama with his group of friends who say she isn’t worth his time. You’ve got your dumb friends I know what they say They tell you I’m difficult But so are they They don’t know what goes on between the couple, and they don’t know everything about him. But they don’t know me Do they even know you? All the things you hide from me All the shit that you do

He pretended to love her but cheated on her. Thanks for acting like you cared And making me feel like I was the only one Did he not even dump her? Did she catch him with someone else? What happened?? Thanks for watching as I fall And letting me know we were done

You were everything, everything that I wanted
We were meant to be, supposed to be, but we lost it
And all of the memories, so close to me, just fade away
All this time you were pretending
So much for my happy ending

She thought they had an epic love (as one is wont to think). He was everything. They were meant to be. They were supposed to be. But now all the memories fade away. In the song, she doesn’t really mention moving on with her life, but in the book she would definitely develop and understand that she’s better off without that douchebag and she’s fully capable of being happy alone. Because people can be happy alone. So see, she really does get a HAPPY ENDING. Which is the title of the song. Awesome? 

This is mainly a just for fun post. Maybe I’ll do more at some point.  I’m not sure if anyone else will really care about it but if you read it, thanks!

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18 thoughts on “Fake Book Premises Inspired by Songs

  1. Yessss!! I LOVE this post and I can relate to it so much! Sometimes I want to write a story just based on a song that hits me emotionally. I agree that Brand New songs would make fantastic jumping off points for stories (now I need to dig up my Brand New CDs! I haven’t listened to them in far too long!). I also love when I’m into a book and songs I hear on my iPod or the radio remind me of the story. This happened to me while I was reading the Ice & Fire series; I had just gotten to the part where Tyrion is trying to hide Shae in King’s Landing but Shae doesn’t like to be hidden and I heard that song “Royals” by Lorde for the very first time – it totally made me think of Shae. Now whenever I hear it (which is way too much because the radio plays it 10 times an hour!), I fondly think of Ice & Fire haha! 🙂 I really wish I could be the person who picks songs for book-to-movie soundtracks!

    • I’m glad I’m not alone! There are so many songs that make me want to read about certain situations! I love hearing songs that remind me of books, too! Royals is perfect for Shae! And haha my radio station is behind the times and they haven’t started playing it yet, so in a few months when other stations are sick of it they might! Making book-to-movie soundtracks would be so much fun! Especially for huge movies like The Hunger Games, because they can get anyone to work with them!

  2. Back when I was dabbling in fiction I tried coming up with a story based on the lyrics to “Imaginary” by Evanescence, sort of an alternate worlds thing. It never really went anywhere, but I always liked the idea.

    • I don’t know that song! I really liked Evanesence, but I never had any of their albums, I just liked the radio songs. BUT alternate worlds are always awesome! I love songs that make me feel creative! Even if they sometimes don’t go anywhere! =)

  3. HEEEEEEEEE you just mixed my two favorite things – books and music!!! <333 I love your idea. Are you going to do more of these?? You should!

    And I'll ask the dreaded question – HOW do you know that fanfiction writers pull plots from songs? You just HAVE to answer this one 😀

    • I’m glad you liked it! I think I will do more! I was worried everyone would think it was dumb, haha. Maybe I can have people make their own and do a guest thing?

      And ahahaha =o I have definitely not read embarrassing amounts of fanfiction. Not at all!

  4. I definitely agree, when Nanowrimo rolls around I’m usually struggling for ideas so I just listen to random music and sure enough, an idea comes along. You have an awesome imagination, I would love to read any one of those stories! Great post.

  5. Some songs are really just little stories. Someone could really fill in the blanks a bit and make a complete story out of it. Example of one song I can think of right now…which is a pretty old song…Hazard by Richard Marx. I think many of us have tried to guess what exactly happened to Mary.

  6. “chilling on an overpass” I’m already liking these guys :D. I’m always up for some good ol’ fashioned romantic angst, and I really like the name Jesse (quite a few of my favorite book/tv show characters are named Jesse) And I like how the second one would end. Definitely an awesome Happy Ending.

    You should make this into a feature!

    • I was thinking kind of along the lines of guys in The Raven Boys, because they’re all realistic and entertaining. So entertaining guy friends without the magic and add in romantic angst? Haha. There are a lot of good characters named Jesse, aren’t there?

      I might do that! I was thinking about doing more, but I wasn’t sure anyone else would like it! Maybe I could ask if anyone else wanted to contribute fake book premises, too? Hmm…

  7. Oh my gosh, I really enjoyed this post!!!

    I especially love the “My Happy Ending” Situation! Now, I really want to read a book about it… And right now I am re-listening to the song, I got it a while ago and I am so glad I did! Also, Avril Levine’s song “Sk8er Boy” would make a great book.

    Music is just such a great thing, for inspiration, getting you out of moods, dancing etc.! And Books and songs can go together perfectly sometimes!

    Thanks for sharing! Are you going to write more of these posts once in a while?

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I was kind of expecting everyone to think it was dumb!

      “Sk8ter Boy” would make a great story, I was super obsessed with that song when it came out!

      Music is definitely great for so many things! I love when music gets me out of moods!

      I think I will! I might ask if anyone else wants to contribute some fake premises for posts sometimes, too!

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    • Thanks! I do this with songs all the time in my head. And movie descriptions on Netflix, I’ll read one and think it would make an interesting book but I won’t really want to watch the movie. But yay, stories are fun! =)

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