Now perhaps it's just me, and that's possibly the case -given how nerdy I can be from time to time- but once in a while, I get the gumption (yes, that -IS- a word, ladies and gentlemen) to make a mix playlist. And more often than not -given how much I read- that soundtrack of the moment is based on a book I've read.
Now the example I'm going to leave you all off with is rough and just a small snippet of what I usually create, but it gives you a picture and a guide to go by. If, of course, you consider there to actually be any guidelines when it comes to making a mix. You can create it any way you choose - be it an online playlist like this, a zipped file sent to a friend, on a cd (as I did back in high school) ...or, if you're really hardcore - a mixed tape.
Now you may ask, what should you think of or how do you go about making a mix? What inspires it? Well, in my case (and may I suggest you try in your's), a mix can be inspired by a book you've read - this example being The Hunger Games. Of course it could be a reflection of your mood, of songs that remind you of a special someone or a road trip soundtrack. The reasons are endless...
But let me give you a prompt to start one, just if you're at a lack for ideas:
Imagine being a music director for a big movie firm. A producer and/or director approaches you and asks if you could develop a soundtrack to a movie they're about to release. The movie is based on a popular novel (graphic novels included) - what you pick as the songs on it's soundtrack? What songs speak to you about a scene or character in the book? Now try to develop a soundtrack that includes 15-20 songs.