Over the Summer we ran our Summertime Sounds competitions which challenged teens to create a theme song or a playlist for their favourite young adult book. We had some amazing entries for both of the competitions and the judges were blown away by the creativity of all the teens who entered. It was a tough task choosing the winners because we could tell how much effort went into each entry. The winners each receive a $50 Westfield voucher.
Drumroll please...The winners are:
- Original theme song 15-18 years - Matthew P with Divergent inspired by Divergent
- Original theme song 11-14 years - Izzy C and Sarah H with More Than This inspired by The Giver
- Playlist 15-18 years - Grace C playlist for Princess Academy
- Playlist 11-14 years - Sara D playlist for Clockwork Angel
Matthew describes his theme song for Divergent:
My theme music is for Divergent by Veronica Roth. It is scored for symphonic orchestra and has a sinister and mysterious feel to match the dystopian setting of post-apocalyptic Chicago, but has happy, joyous parts to portray the romantic subplot of the relationship between Triss and Four despite the society they live in. The structure loosely matches the plot- The mysterious opening as the protagonist explores her identity and doesn't know which faction to choose. The driving triplet rhythm in the strings signifies her choosing the Defiant faction. The piece builds up in intensity to match the exciting moments in the plot, with quiet parts when the action and conflict aren't present. It builds to a thrilling climax like the novel and abruptly fades away, sounding unfinished, portraying the end of the novel as they board the train, setting it up for the next book in the series. The main theme represents the character if Triss and the variations of this theme explored throughout the piece represent her experiences throughout the novel.
Izzy and Sarah describe their theme song for The Giver:
Our song is about the character of Jonas and the development of his views and opinions about the world he lives in. At the beginning of the song Jonas suspects there may be more to his sheltered life, and he feels he is different from others. As the song progresses, Jonas becomes more suspicious, as he gains more knowledge about the community. By the end, he has seen colour, memories of the past, and he has experienced pain, all of which have strongly influenced his view on the way the community functions. Jonas now knows for certain that there is ‘More Than This’
We have tried to give double meanings to some of the lyrics in the song. For instance ‘We’re black and white’ shows how they are literally living in a world without colour, but also shows how the people in the community are always open and honest, without any ‘grey areas’.
For some of the lyrics in the song, we have been inspired by particular quotes in the novel, Such as the lyric, 'But when you lose something, there’s always something to gain’ was inspired by 'We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.’. We have slightly flipped the meaning of the lyric, making it more positive. This shows Jonas’s hope for the future, that even though he let go of his life in the community, he gained freedom and true emotion.
Thanks to everyone who entered our Summertime Sounds competitions and congratulations to the winners. Find out more this and our other competitions for teens on The Pulse.