a) Book review
When you have finished a novel, skim through it again and note the following points:
- Main characters
- Summary of the plot and the theme
- Parts you liked
- Parts you found disappointing
Ask yourself some questions:
- Did the characters come alive to you?
- Was the action well planned?
- Could you picture the setting?
- Did the plot drag on?
- Were there any confusing parts?
- Was the ending believable and satisfying?
- Did you enjoy the book?
Now put your notes in order and write the review. Give good reasons for your comments and be fair with criticism. Give a brief outline of the plot without giving away the end.
Would you recommend the novel? To whom? Why or why not? Give your review a catching title.
b) Film review
A film review is similar to a book review in many ways (see above), but there are some differences:
– Obviously, the actors and the way they play their parts will often get more attention than the characters themselves
– Furthermore, a story in a film is told through pictures and music. Observe how the film is directed and how the various scenes are shot
– If the film is based on a book manuscript and you have read the book, you could comment on differences between the book and the film
– Other than this, it is common to include a summary of the plot and state what you consider to be highlights and/or disappointing parts of the film
– Conclude with a comment on whether or not your readers should go and see the film.
– Find a catchy headline for your review