IELTS Cue Card Sample 129 - Talk about a book based on which a film has been made

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Talk about a book based on which a film has been made.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • which one do you prefer? why?
  • What is the story of it

And explain why do you think the book was a good one/ bad one.

Model Answer 1:
So, today I’m going to talk about a book that has had a major influence on me and based on which a movie was made. I will first tell you the name of the book, then I’ll tell you how I heard about it, next, I’ll outline the main story and finally I will explain why it plays an important role in my life.

The book is called ‘Tracks’, and it is by an Australian woman called Robyn Davidson. It’s quite old now, I think it was written in about 1980, but it has recently been made into a film, so perhaps you will have heard of it.

I was introduced to the book by an Australian friend. She was travelling in England when I met her, and we were both working at the same place. I said how brave she was going round the world, and how much I’d like to do it but I didn’t have the skills and courage to do the same. She insisted that bravery doesn’t really come into it, sometimes you just have to go. When she left to continue on her travels she gave me a copy of this book, with an inscription that was taken from its last chapter which basically says, the hardest part of any endeavour (or journey) is taking the first step, making the decision to go, and after that it’s easy!

The book is a true account of a young woman who decides to cross the Great Australian Desert on her own by camel! That is some 1700 miles of the Australian outback, from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. What I found remarkable about the tale, is that the woman who does this is herself not that well equipped. She makes lots of mistakes, things go wrong, she loses confidence at times, and it is by no means easy. At the start of the journey she’d never met a camel, let alone knew how to work with them! However, she overcame all these obstacles through tenacity and creativity and achieved her goal. It was precise because she was apparently so unsuited to the endeavour that I found it really inspirational to read. Sometimes you read tales of adventurers and the people who do great thing seem to be super-human, incredibly resourceful, strong or wealthy and you end up thinking ‘that’s amazing, but I could never do that’. With Robyn’s tale, it is different, you think ‘well if she can I could too. It won’t be easy, but it isn’t necessarily impossible either’.

So why is the book so important to me? Because it gave me a nudge to do something I’d been wanting to do for a very long time. To travel. The story inspired me, but also the confidence that my friend had in me that I could do it too helped me to eventually take the decision to go off exploring the world. Perhaps not anything quite so remarkable as crossing a desert on my own apart from a few camels, but my own adventures nevertheless. Since then I’ve found out for myself that it is indeed true, the hardest bit about any adventure is making the decision to take the first step. I wouldn’t say that after that it is necessarily easy, but I would say if you keep going forward you won’t want to look back!

[ Written by - Lucy Marris | Careers Adviser (UK), TEFL teacher (Vietnam) ]


Model Answer 2:
I can remember many movies that I have enjoyed and which were actually based on books that I have read. One such book was ‘The Notebook’ which was written by Nicholas Sparks and later in 2004; a movie with the same title was released.

I read the book in 2002 and thoroughly enjoyed it because of the attractive story line. The Notebook was the first published book by Nicholas Sparks and because of the big success of this novel, the writer got internationally acclaimed. This book was published in 1996 by the Time Warner Book Group and got in the list of the New York Times best-selling books with in the first week of its release. I preferred the Book version of the story as it was touchier and more vivid than the movie version. The book tells the story in a tone that was not present in the movie. The movie making was good as well but the story that I read was more enjoyable as I have read each line of the story and had the control how fast to read it, when to pause it and when to think about it.

The story of the book starts with an old man who reads a story to an old woman each day in a nursing home. The story he reads the woman was the story of Noah and Allie. After 2nd World War, Noah came back and restored a house that made a news in the newspaper. Allie read this news and gave him a visit. This was their second encounter after 14 years when at their adolescence time; they fall in love with each other. They were separated by the social class as Allie was the daughter of a rich man. In the second encounter with Noah, Allie felt that she still loves Noah but she also does not want to hurt her fiancé. At a later date, her mother arrives and hand over the letters of Noah that she never gave to her daughter. Allie started crying and left for her hotel when Noah tried to convince her to stay.

The old man who was telling the story was Noah and the old woman was Allie who had memory loss and did not recognise her husband. On a dinner, the old woman told him that Allie must have gone back to Noah and they are together now. Later on, Allie recognised her husband and could remember the past while in the nursing home and the story ends with the victory and joy of love. The writing quality, the story line, the plot and other ingredients of the book were interesting and attractive. I personally enjoyed the book a lot.

Tips for Answering This Cue card Topic:

List of Famous Books Based on which Movies were made:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird  --- by Harper Lee
  • Pride and Prejudice --- by Jane Austen
  • The Da Vinci Code --- by Dan Brown
  • Memoirs of a Geisha --- by Arthur Golden
  • Atonement --- by Ian McEwan
  • A Walk to Remember ---- by Nicholas Sparks
  • Romeo and Juliet --- by William Shakespeare
  • Gone with the Wind --- by Margaret Mitchell
  • Charlotte's Web ---- by E.B. White
  • The Great Gatsby ---- by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic would also enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics as well:

  1. Describe your favourite book.
  2. Describe a book you have recently read.
  3. Describe a movie you enjoyed watching.
  4. Describe a movie that was made based on a real event.
  5. Describe a book you want to read in the future.
  6. Describe your favourite movie.
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