1. Some filmmakers make movies based on books. When watching films based on books, some prefer to read the book before watching the movie, while others read the book only after they have watched the movie. Which do you prefer?
Recent decades have seen an unprecedented development in the movie industry, thanks to the advent of projection technology in the last century and the spread of three-dimension movie-making method at the beginning of this century. Since not a few filmmakers derive their inspiration from well-written books, especially those classic ones and best-selling ones, opinions are split when it comes to the movies adapted from fiction or non-fiction books. Some cinemagoers prefer to read the book after they have watched the movie, immersing themselves and savoring the screenshot stories once again in the book. As far as I am concerned, I would rather restrain myself from watching the movie and turn to the original printed edition first.
The first major reason why I prefer to do so is that in the original book, stories, real or made-up, are usually organized and developed in a longer text. Therefore, one could encounter more detailed description in the book than that in the compact edition presented in the movie. For instance, protagonists may have exhibited a myriad of characteristics via various conflicts with other characters. However, in a movie lasting for two hours on average, one or two characteristics of the protagonists are often arbitrarily selected by the director or just lost due to the performance of the actor or actress. Only after we have thoroughly understood the plots and characters in the book can we appreciate the movie in depth.
Apart from the incomplete presentation of the original work in a movie, sometimes movies have spoiled my pleasure of imagining the appearance of characters as well as the different scenes they are supposed to be in. Although it is typically argued that words written on the paper are impotent in most cases and television dramas and movies speak more directly than books do, I honestly believe that with the intervention of human’s imagination, words are more powerful weapons than any other tools in terms of the expression of true feelings. On the contrary, after our seeing the movie, the memory of what the characters look like or how their tones are in certain conversations may stick in our mind and would take over our imagination when we read the book.
As is stated above, reading a book before seeing a movie is what I would always do and I also highly recommend others to do so.
2. Some young people are free in the evenings or have days off at school, which way can bring them the most benefit?
1、to accumulate work experience by a part-time job or volunteering in a community
2、learning to play a sport
3、learning to play a musical instrument
It seems that everyone in the world aspires to achieve something so as to live life to the full, especially the young who have a glorious future before themselves.
Although a vast majority of people agree with this notion, opinions on how to achieve one’s ambitious dreams or realistic goals are diverse. As a broadly-disseminated idea goes that the other 8 hours of free time determine one’s success, an increasing number of young people are pondering a problem of how to maximize their “free” time – the 8 hours in the day when they are not studying, working or sleeping. As far as I am concerned, from the three above-mentioned ways to utilize the free time, I would unhesitatingly choose the second one – learning to play a sport.
Despite the fact that the 8 hours after work or study can be a valuable resource one has to achieve one’s ideal life, let’s be honest first, the time when one is working or studying is the most valuable. It is imperative for either students or workers to make the full use of this “unfree” time for any academic pursuit or career advancement, in which case an investment of large amounts of energy and attention is required. Then, physical and mental fatigue would unavoidably ensue. Therefore, the way I see it,when these young people are free in the evenings or have days off at school, relieving their tiredness should be given top priority. Learning to play a sport and engaging in related sports activities, even just for a few minutes, will help to relax their muscles and relieve the tension in the face, neck, shoulders and other body parts. Alvin Oldman, a lead researcher of New Channel Health Center, emphasized that people who exercise regularly feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, and feel more relaxed and positive about themselves and their lives.
It is tempting to argue that play sports will help to relax, so will learning to play a musical instrument and engaging in related musical activities. Nevertheless, further analysis would reveal that playing a musical instrument is not so easy as expected. A simple piece of music may require seven consecutive days of practice, for which seldom would persist. Meanwhile, just hearing a couple of musical notes by touching the strings of guitar or hitting the keys of piano is neither likely to relieve one mentally since no melodious music is produced nor likely to relieve one physically in the same way sports does.
As for the first choice, let’s be honest once again, little working experience could be accumulated through a part-time job or volunteering in the community simply due to the fact that little amount of time is devoted to this kind of work. This so called first-hand experience lasts for such a short time that participants barely know what the rules and regulations of a certain company are or how the business operations are conducted. Moreover, do not interpret part-time job or volunteering work literally, more often than not they can be rather demanding, and of course, time-consuming, for which seldom would persist.
In conclusion, learning to play a sport is young people’s best choice in their free time