Project Remix Starting Points

If you’re looking for some inspiration to help you create your competition entries, then look no further. We’ve got some examples and ideas to get you started.

Creative writing


Check out some of these popular books that put a new spin on an existing character or story, or continue it after the original story concludes:

  • Young Bond series by Charlie Higson, continued by Steve Cole
  • Young Sherlock Holmes series by Andy Lane
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Death Comes to Pemberley by P D James
  • Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks
  • The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
  • This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel
  • Dodger by Terry Pratchett
  • Oliver Twisted by J D Sharpe

Get some tips on writing fanfiction of your own with our beginner’s guide to writing fanfiction or take a browse around for lots more ideas and inspiration.

For lots more tips and advice about creative writing, check out Booktrust’s writing resources for young people


Book cover design

Take inspiration for creating your book cover design by looking at some examples of different covers for classic books online. Whether you choose to look at covers for Little Women, Harry Potter or Catcher in the Rye, this is a great way to get ideas for different ways that you could approach creating a cover design of your own.

You can also check out the entries to these book cover design competitions for lots more inspiration:

Comic strip


To help you create your own comic strip inspired by your chosen text, take a look at some of these examples of graphic novels that retell or put their own spin on well-known classic books:

  • Romeo and Juliet by Sonia Leong and Richard Appignanesi, a Manga-style  retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet and the other books in the Manga Shakespeare series
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Ian Edginton and I N J Culbard, a retelling of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Hope Larson, retelling Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time
  • Pride and Prejudice by Ian Edginton and Robert Deas, retelling Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

For lots more ideas, take a look at The Phoenix Comic website, which includes a comics masterclass for aspiring comic creators.


Book trailers

Take inspiration for your book trailer by browsing Youtube for lots of great examples - whether they’ve been created by publishers, by authors or by fans themselves. Here are some more great places to start if you’re looking for book trailer ideas:


To get your ideas flowing, try listening to some soundtracks from films based on books (try The Hunger Games soundtrack or the Harry Potter soundtrack as a starting point) – or design your own playlist inspired by your chosen book, story or poem.

You could also take a cue from some of these famous songs inspired by literature:


  • ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Kate Bush inspired by Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • ‘White Rabbit’ by Jefferson Airplane inspired by Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’ by The Klaxons inspired by Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  • ‘Scentless Apprentice’ by Nirvana, inspired by Perfume by Patrick Suskind

Find some more inspiration by checking out the entries created for the Young Songwriter of the Year competition


Additional Resources

Read 'How to avoid plagiarism' here.

Read all about copyright here

Read 'Writing fanfiction: a beginner's guide' here.

Read 'How to upload your entry' here.

Teachers can access resources for schools here.






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