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■a book/film about the future/a film/book based on facts/about a real person or event


  1. a touching story /ˈtʌtʃɪŋ/ (phr.) = a story that is making you feel emotional

  2. a nail-biting moment (phr.) = a moment that makes you very excited

  3. suspenseful /səˈspensf(ə)l/ (adj.) = (a story, film) keeps you wanting to know what will happen next

  4. a sob-story (n.) = a story that evokes sympathy

  5. evocative scenes /ɪˈvɒkətɪv/ (phr.) = scenes which arouse memories or images

  6. the ending slays me /sleɪz/ (phr.) = impresses someone, especially by making them laugh

  7. an intriguing plot /ɪnˈtriːɡɪŋ/ (phr.) = a very interesting plot, especially because of being strange or mysterious

  8. a multisensory experience /mʌlti ˈsensəri/ (phr.) = relating to many senses

  9. soulless /ˈsəʊlləs/ (adj.) = not at all interesting or attractive

  10. memoirs /ˈmemˌwaː(r)/ (n.) = written record of a person’s own life

  11. lightweight /ˈlaɪtˌweɪt/ (adj.) = not complex

  12. a bedtime reading (phr.) = nice to read in bed

  13. heavy going (phr.) = difficult to read or understand

  14. a lugubrious setting /ləˈɡuːbriəs/ (phr.) = a rather dark and gloomy setting

  15. a page-turner (n.) = a very interesting and engaging story

  16. an enigmatic tale /ˌenɪɡˈmætɪk/ (phr.) = a mysterious story

  17. a wry humour /raɪ/ (phr.) = a humour in the face of a bad situation

  18. an idealized portrayal of /aɪˈdɪəlaɪz pɔː(r)ˈtreɪəl/ (phr) = an exaggerated description of

  19. graphic /ˈɡræfɪk/ (adj.) = giving a lot of detail

  20. tenable /ˈtenəb(ə)l/ (adj.) = reasonable with evidence to support it

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