What is the one movie, book or song that changed your life?

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 September, 2008, 12:00am

Marie Neirynk, 16, German Swiss International School

I heard Imagine by John Lennon when I was about four years old, but was too young to comprehend the powerful message behind the simple lyrics. Now that I'm older, I realise its meaning. Whenever I hear this song, it motivates me to do whatever I can to make a change for our world.

Yoon Hur, 17, German Swiss School

I adored Terry Deary's Horrible Histories series as a child. Reading the gory details behind Egyptian mummies and Tudor executions were fascinating and really helped my English. As for how they've changed my life, nerdy as it sounds, these books determined my choice of major for university.

Anjali Saran, 15, West Island School

The movie Pay It Forward made me realise no matter how bad life is at the time, it will get better, and you just have to keep moving forwards. It's a touching story about how one person can change other people's lives for the better. It proves you can make a difference.

Vincent Wong, 17, Wah Yan College Kowloon

The movie Cashback. The protagonist imagines he can stop time so as to scrutinise the beauty hidden in everything. There is a line 'If you don't stop for a minute, you might miss it' which I personally interpreted as 'take time to explore everything because there might be big opportunities hidden within'.

Rachel Haslem, 17, German Swiss School

The song Boten Anna by Basshunter caught my attention with its addictive melody. It hasn't changed my life in a major way, but it has influenced life at home - it converted my parents to techno music. It still remains my favourite tune after four years.

Benson Chan, 17, Wah Yan College Kowloon

The book Follow Your Heart by Andrew Matthews. Matthews explains if you want to change life you only need to have the courage to try the unfamiliar. Full of profound insights, it could change your perspective on life. I now work according to this 'guide to success' and miracles happen every day.

Kate Allen, 16, West Island School

Bruce Almighty taught me a lot about responsibility and being a good person. Some people are just selfish. Jim Carrey's character was and so was I. When he understood what responsibility was, he changed. I did, too. Comedy can sometimes provide a more compelling message than straight-up drama.

Kimberley Black, 16, Island School

Saeglopur by Sigur Ros is a song that definitely changed me as a person. I once had an amazing yet emotional experience while listening to that song and not only did I get to know myself better, I was also blessed with learning what emotions truly are.