In the book Uglies written by Scott Westerfield, the theme is primarily centered on how society’s superficial ideas of beauty are to abolish individuality. Does equality make a utopian society? If everybody was to look the same, then there will be no more discrimination. “Cities worked very hard to stay independent of one another, but the Pretty Committee was a global institution that made sure pretties were all more or less the same.” (Westerfield, 35) Equality does not define a utopian society because it does not exist. The people that belong to the society are all brain damaged for thinking that beauty and appearance is everything. That they thrive on being pretty and how it is part of life. As the story progress, Tally slowly learns that beauty is not always defined by the outside and appreciates how important individuality is. “Listen Tally. That’s not what’s important to me. What’s inside you matters a lot more.” (84) The soundtrack that I created revolves around betrayal, inner-beauty, individuality, and conformity.
Scars to Your Beautiful: (0:00-2:58)
This song by Alessia Cara is inspirational to young women as it contains context that lessens self-insecurity. The main message is to let us know that beauty is not defined by your physical appearance. Currently, in our modern world, young women lack self-confidence due to criticism that comes from others telling them that they are not beautiful enough for the way their body is shaped or how they look like. Tally criticizes herself because she doesn’t look physically the same as the “pretties”, but what is the point of being pretty when everybody is equal and nobody is unique.
Bad Blood: (2:59-5:59)
This song by Taylor Swift conveys betrayal in her lyrics. “Did you have to do this? I was thinking that you could be trusted” these lyrics relate to the scenario that happened between Shay and Tally. Tally betrayed her best friend for being pretty, her loyalty was a show all along and Tally broke Shay’s trust. Tally lies a lot, not simple white lies, lies that leave the ones you trust most in pain for regretting their choices of trusting you in the first place.
Most Girls: (6:00-9:28)
Girls are supposed to be pretty, to be poised and elegant. Society puts them down because of how they look like, not allowing them to stand out and be unique. “Most girls are smart and strong and beautiful. Most girls, work hard, go far, we are unstoppable” these lyrics show individuality stepping further than society’s circumstances. Girls can be whatever they want to be, they can be free to express themselves, to step out of conformity regulations from society. Just like how Shay left to the Smoke, rebelling against society for living a life that she wants, not what society wants.
This song by Avril Lavigne narrates how she wants her friend to shed the complicated image and get back to staying real. This relates to Shay wanting Tally to just be herself instead of undergoing unnecessary surgery that will change her. “When you become somebody else round everyone else, you’re watching your back like you can’t relax. You’re trying to be cool, you look like a fool to me.” These lyrics show about identity and people trying to change yourself to live up to other peoples’ expectations.