IELTS Speaking Vocabulary – Books and Films

On this page we’ve gathered useful IELTS speaking vocabulary for Books & Films topic. It can be used to answer various questions about music on IELTS Speaking test and will help you achieve a high IELTS score.

Adjectives to describe books and films

  • action-packed: full of action.

    My brother loves action-packed movies. Probably that’s why his favorite film is “Terminator”.

  • addictive: a book or film that you quickly become addicted to.

    “Harry Potter” series by Joanne Rowling are so addictive! I couldn’t stop after the first book and read all volumes.

  • creepy: producing a sensation of uneasiness or fear, scary.

    Noah finds Stephen King’s stories creepy.

  • dreary: gloomy or depressing.

    I can’t stand dramas, thrillers and other dreary movies.

  • entertaining: funny and enjoyable.

    Comedies are very entertaining.

  • futuristic: telling about the future.

    “Star Wars” movie is futuristic and dynamic.

  • heartbreaking: that breaks your heart and evokes sad emotions.

    When my aunt watched “Titanic” she cried all day! It’s such a heartbreaking film.

  • inspirational: evoking inspiration.

    It was an inspirational score and the students began to enjoy their best spell.

  • intense: a book or film loaded with actions and emotions that evokes strong feelings.

    The play’s plot was very intense. Just a minute after a couple had a quarrel in the forest, the secret lover appeared and started a fire-fight.

  • tear-jerking: tragic, making you cry.

    My sister is very emotional. I would rather watch a comedy with her than a tear-jerking movie!

  • thought-provoking: a book or film that makes you think of new ideas or that changes your attitude to something.

    Ray Bradbury’s novel “Fahrenheit 451” is deeply thought-provoking. I had to rethink my attitude to legislation and censorship after I read it.

Advanced vocabulary

  • action movie: film with fast moving scenes, often containing violence.

    Last week I saw a great action movie with my brother at our local movie theater.

  • bedtime reading: a book you read in your bed before going to sleep.

    I’m really addicted to books! I can’t even fall asleep without an hour of bedtime reading.

  • box office hit: a very successful movie, in terms of money.

    The new movie might be a box office hit, but I didn’t like it at all.

  • e-reader: a gadget for reading books.

    My e-reader broke a few days ago, so now I’ll need to fix it or buy a new one.

  • from cover to cover: from the first page to the last.

    I am a slow reader so it takes me a lot of time to read a book from cover to cover.

  • hardcover: a book with hard cover. Opposite to softcover.

    My friend gave me a hardcover book as a present for my birthday.

  • page turner: a book which is so good that you cannot stop reading it.

    My sister recommended me a great book. It was such a page turner that I read it in one day!

  • plot: a story line of a book or film.

    Some believe that the whole plot was a government conspiracy to convince James that Catholics could not be trusted.

    • intricate plot: a very complex, labyrinthine plot.

      The famous Leo Tolstoy’s novel “War and Peace” has a very intricate plot. It tells a story of five different families and comprises of 4 volumes.

    • subordinate plot (subplot): a plot that is related to, but less important than the main plot of a story.

      Ernest Hemingway’s novel “The Sun Also Rises” tells a love story of a man and a woman. However, the book involves many subordinate plots that raise questions about physical and spiritual affinity, trans-racial relationships and antisemitism.

    • threadbare plot: a simple, primitive plot.

      The movie’s plot was threadbare, but cutely disarming in its own way.

  • unraveling of the plot: the way in which a story develops over time.

    I first thought Jack London’s novel “Martin Eden” to be pretty straightforward. However, the plot unraveled in a very unpredicted way.

Useful idioms

  • don’t judge a book by its cover: a metaphorical phrase which means “you shouldn’t judge someone or something by its appearance alone”.

    When I first met Sam I didn’t find him handsome. But, as people say, don’t judge a book by its cover. He turned out to be the most interesting person I’ve ever met and we married soon!

  • to catch the latest movie: to see a movie that has just come out.

    We need to hurry up if we want to catch the latest movie.

  • to flick through: to look quickly through a book.

    I flicked through my notes to prepare for the exam as didn’t have time to study properly.

  • to know like a book: to know something extremely well.

    I live in this city for my whole life and I know it like a book.

  • to read between the lines: to understand the hidden meaning about something.

    When I broke up with my girlfriend, I didn’t want anyone to know that. But Tom saw us in the different corners of the classroom and read everything between the lines. He’s very discerning.

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