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Writing a Review


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Guidelines and tips to write a proper review.

Guidelines and tips to write a proper review.

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  • 1. How to write a review
  • 2. Language • A review is usually prone to be published in a magazine or newspaper. As a result: • You must use a formal or semi-formal language. • You must avoid contractions (isn’t, weren’t, haven’t) • In reviews you are bound to use the Historic Present (Present Simple)
  • 3. Structure • The review should be divided in three: • Introduction • Main body • Conclusion
  • 4. Introduction • In this part you have to mention what you are writing about. Is it a book? Is it a film? Give an overall description of it. • Examples: This well-written book; This fascinating film is set; It tackles the theme of; It is based on/written by/directed by; It starts famous actors; It is the sequel to
  • 5. Main body • Expand on the main aspects (Plot, characters, actors, writing, direction, en ding, etc) • Examples: The plot revolves around/tackles/deals with/focuses on; It has an unexpected twist when; The film has a start-studded cast; The acting was moving/ powerful; The descriptions were disappointing/unconvincing; The plot is gripping/fastmoving/suspense-filled/far-fetched/dull; The dialogues are witty/touching/unimaginative
  • 6. Conclusion • Take into account all the aspects you’ve mentioned before and give a general evaluation of it. Would you recommend it? Why? Why not? • Examples: This novel will make a fascinating read; You should definitely watch; A must-read; A novel you can’t miss reading; All in all it is not worth your money; On the whole the book fails to; I wouldn’t recommend it in view of
  • 7. Throw in some collocations! Collocations will enhance your writing: The cast and actors: • accomplished actor • consummate professional • star-studded/all-star cast • well-deserved reputation Negative: • bold experiment • unmitigated disaster • dismal failure • failed attempt Positive: • amazing chain/series of events • suspense builds up • dazzling display of • spectacularly successful • receiving glowing reviews • highly / thoroughly recommend • to think highly of • fire one’s imagination • awaken one’s interest General remarks: • strongly influenced by • bear the suspense • heavily influenced by • hold one’s attention • lasting impression • create the atmosphere of • fiercely criticized
  • 8. Don’t forget to check! Once you’ve finished make sure that: • It is written in the proper language • It is divided in three sections (The main body may have several paragraphs) • Check for mistakes
  • 9. Good luck!