I read a wonderful YA book a few months ago that included a soundtrack list at the back of the
book to correspond with one song/chapter. As a teacher, I do Shakespeare’s Soundtrack
with Hamlet for my grade 12 students – one or two students are assigned each scene in the play and
it’s their job to find a song that would best represent an element of that portion of the story.
The best soundtracks come from the characters, rather than the plot.
DO YOU SOUNDTRACK YOUR CHARACTERS?
Have you ever thought about what your protagonist’s favourite song is?
What about a chapter by chapter soundtrack as if your book were a movie?
Music is very much apart of sense-memory and a huge part of our daily lives, so why shouldn’t it
affect our characters too?