One of Beck's fav singers is Taylor Swift and You're Not Sorry is a perfect way to start FORGIVEN from his point-of-view. He's been hurt by Riley's choice of Ori over him and that hurt goes bone deep. He's in no mood for forgiveness and is reacting from cold, ego-bruised anger. Riley isn't much better as her jealousy over Justine is just as damaging. At this point they're as far apart as they've ever been in the series.
Paradise by Coldplay is a look inside Riley's mind as FORGIVEN's story begins to play out. I love this song and play it often when I'm writing her scenes.
I think of Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath) when I was writing a certain set of scenes set inside that abandoned building in Demon Central.
I think of Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath) when I was writing a certain set of scenes set inside that abandoned building in Demon Central. From this point on, the songs become darker as Riley, Beck and the others reach a point of no return. Save the World Tonight (Swedish House Mafia) was a recommendation and is a great choice for the initial scenes in Oakland Cemetery.
The Band Perry is one of my most favorite of the newer style country western bands and If I Die Young is Riley's song during the battle at the cemetery. "There's a boy in town who says he'll love me forever. Who thought forever could be severed by the sharp knife of a short life."
Archangel (Two Steps from Hell) This is one of those big themes, like you'd expect from a movie soundtrack. Once you read the book, you'll know exactly why it fits the pivotal scene in the cemetery.
Everlasting (also by Two Steps from Hell) is one of those richly-layered themes and I found it was perfect as the soundtrack for a certain scene between Riley and the emissaries of Heaven and Hell.
Taylor Swift's You Belong With Me is a perfect bookend to Riley and Beck's tortured personal journey in FORGIVEN.