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People should read only those books which are real events& real person

biggestv 5 / 13  
May 29, 2009   #1
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People should read only those books which are about real events, real person and established facts?

Books tell us the story which are intrusting and appealing to people. It is not necessary that it should be real because some time even the fractious story can be intrusting and appealing to people. I believe that unreal or futuristic book can give people hope and foresightness. It may improve the imagination of a person and can be fun filled and exiting.

Every book is the imagination the author. It may be inspired by the real story or real even but more or less it contains some imagination of the author. So in a book which is purely a imaginative story can be real fun and can improve the imaginative power of even the readers. These books sometime can tell things which have some potentials or hope for something new. For example, comics or cartoon books give children lot of imagination power. For example they gave the hope of time machine.

Sometime fractious book or fairy tale can be real fun and intrusting to people. They might know that this is not real but love to image a human flying or enjoying magical stick in one's hand.

Thirdly, I think books about murder mystery or thrillers can be imaginative. But they can orient the mind of the readers and can be real brain exerciser.

Books like "one night at call center" which is a imaginative story can insist people to rethink about the existence of god and can sometime give the hope that their activities are guided by god.

I think a good book is the one which can draw public attention and can engage it till the completion of the whole book. It doesn't matter that it is based on truth or is complete fractious. And books which are not based on real story, person or event can also sometime be fun filled, exiting and can help in increasing brain activity and imagination power.

Can you please review it??

Notoman 20 / 419  
May 29, 2009   #2
This might get moved to its own thread, but I figured I'd toss out some thoughts anyway . . .

I think you are using the wrong word in a few places . . .

intrusting . . . do you mean instructive? Entrusting would mean to place trust in someone or something. Instructive means that it is teaching.

fractious . . . fictitious. Fractious means to divide or cause a fracture. Fictitious means that it is fiction or not real.

exiting . . . exciting. Exiting means that you are using the exit-leaving. Exciting means something that gets you going, something out of the ordinary.

image . . . imagine. Image is like a picture. Imagine is what we do with our minds.

insist . . . doesn't quite work here . . . can cause people to rethink . . . can make people rethink . . .

Like I said before, this is something that I often do in English. There are *a lot* of words in the English language!

I think that you could strengthen your essay by giving a few more reasons that fiction is a valuable format. With a piece of fiction, we can have an "omniscient" narrator-a narrator that knows everything and can guide us through the story. When writing nonfiction, authors are bound by the truth. With fiction, authors can take the story anywhere they and the reader wants to go. Some authors will mix fact and fiction-writing, for example, a historical fiction novel about Henry VIII's wives. The book may be based on actual events, but have conversations invented by the author. There are some nonfiction books that are humorous, but not too many! Fiction allows the author to entertain. Shakespeare is a good example of an author/playwright who wrote fiction, but based many of his works on fact. Should students never read Shakespeare because he wrote fiction?

Try to think through the arguments and add a little more. It isn't enough to say that fiction is entertaining, fun, and imaginative.
EF_Simone 2 / 1,986  
May 29, 2009   #3
I did move this to it's own thread.

Again,Notoman, great advice!

It is so easy to mix up words in a new language. (I have said some very strange things in Portuguese.)

intrusting ... interesting?

Every book is the product of the imagination the author. It may be inspired by a real story or real event , but more or less it always contains some imagination of the author.

I like the structure of this essay. You state your thesis, explain each point by giving examples, and then restate your thesis in the conclusion. Perhaps you could explain even more, for example by stating why mystery novels are good intellectual exercise. But, overall: Good job!
EF_Sean 6 / 3,491  
May 30, 2009   #4
You might also introduce the notion that there are many truths which can best be conveyed through fiction. Look at any mythology to find plenty of examples. I generally refer people to the myth of Icarus when making this point. In that tale, the events themselves are clearly made-up. Still, the story manages to say something true about the nature of pride.
OP biggestv 5 / 13  
Jun 1, 2009   #5
Hey guys,

I have a doubt. In an esaay asking us to choose either to agree or disagree with any statement, if we explain without any examples? How this can make difference in marking?
EF_Sean 6 / 3,491  
Jun 1, 2009   #6
Well, the examples you use in such an essay are the proof of your points. If you write an essay in which you give an opinion that is not backed up by anything, then obviously your marks will suffer as a result. So, I'd include plenty of specific examples in making your point.
EF_Simone 2 / 1,986  
Jun 1, 2009   #7
Right, most essays are graded by means of a rubric. Often the rubric has a specified number of points to be given only if the writer has provided supporting evidence. Examples are not the only kind of supporting evidence. However, when writing an timed or in-class essay, where there is not the possibility to look up studies or statistics that would prove your point, examples will be the only kinds of supporting evidence you can provide.
OP biggestv 5 / 13  
Jun 1, 2009   #8
Thanks guys,

I had written an essay in my toefl test in which I have mentioned 5 point nicely, but I forgot to explain them with examples. Can you guys tell me how much it gona affect my numbers??

I am very tensed.

Thanks for all your help and guidance.
EF_Simone 2 / 1,986  
Jun 1, 2009   #9
It partly depends on how precisely you made your points and whether you supported them with logic.
EF_Sean 6 / 3,491  
Jun 2, 2009   #10
It's really difficult to make a determination on that without actually seeing the essay. In general, grounding your essay in concrete examples is an excellent policy. However, if you conveyed your points clearly and logically, then, as Simone indicated, your mark may not have suffered too much.

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