Writing a review is not difficult if you know how to. Here I leave you some examples and tips that will make your review a great success.

In this presentation created by my colleague Saro Rosales from EOI Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, where you can see the structure of a film review.

The elements of a book or film review include:

Book/film  title
Author
Year
Genre and or Writing style
Background of the book/author/film/director
Adjectives to describe this book/film
Setting of the story (time and place)
Main characters and their roles in the book/film
Main story (in 2-3 sentences, what was the main conflict/problem?) (no spoilers, please)
Success of the book/film
Main themes/elements
Moral/message
Strengths of the book (why is it good?)
Weaknesses of the book (why isn’t it good?)
Is it recommended? Why or why not?

You can even include an anecdote of when you read/saw it and how you felt.

Language

  • vocabulary for different book/film genres
  • useful words and expressions (like ‘is set in’, ‘takes place’, ‘revolves around’, ‘point of view’, ‘characterisation’, ‘dialogue’, ‘cast’, ‘special effects’, ‘filmograph’)
  • vocabulary for describing a story (compelling, fast-paced, dull, gripping, thrillingetc)
  • using quotes in a review (do we use citations, etc?)
  • passive voice (‘is set in’, ‘was written by’, ‘has been translated’, etc)
  • past or present participles
  • the way reviewers usually use present tense to describe the events of the story (yes, reviews are usually written in the present tense)

Examples

Finally, here you are some links where you can find authentic reviews that you can use as examples or just to know what to read/see next.

For reviews of books you can visit the following sites:

For film reviews you can visit these other sites:

Finally, if you want to know about any music, artist, cd, etc., you can visit these websites:

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