2016年9月11日托福独立写作范文：We can learn about a person from the books and movies that a person likes. (16.09.11)
There are a variety of ways to learn about a person. The things that person is fond of may reflect some aspects of him, such as books and movies he favors, while the opponents may cast doubt on it due to the complexity of human nature. From my perspective, we could be blind to the real nature of a person only by judging from the books and movies he likes.
Undoubtedly, one’s favorites give some information about his personal features. To some extent, the books he reads expose his education level and profession. A person with low education level will never read a book requires too much intelligence. Unsurprisingly, a large number of people usually tend to choose the books related to his job to read. In terms of movies, they can reveal one’s taste and percipient. For instance, we can never expect purity of someone who falls into porn movies，and similarly, someone who is crazy about operas might not be a worldly friend. Therefore, the books and movies in one’s collection do reflect some sides of a person.
Nevertheless, the books and movies, which in some sense are hobbies, may mislead us in judging him. Hobbies can act as a contributing factor for us to obtain the external information of a person, but serve little in unearthing the internal nature. The following evidence can justify this point. In the World War II, following their leader Hitler, most of the officers of Nazi Germany possessed high level of music taste. They slaughtered innocent Jews while listening to the symphony of Beethoven.
In addition, one’s favorite books and movies cannot be the omnibearing indicator of a person. Some information, such as family background and real personality, cannot gather from the books and movies he fancies. An individual can be multidimensional, which is the nature of human race. We can also learn about a person from the friends around him, because people make friends who are similar or equivalent to them. The only way to learn about a person entirely is to live with him and go through ups and downs together. In this case, there is nowhere for him to hide and disguise. Thus, his virtues together with his weaknesses will be exposed to you.
Taking into account of all the factors discussed above, we may reach the conclusion that judging a person by the books and movies he choose is quite risky and blind. To know a person better, we are supposed to take more reliable ways in different situations.
Reading is really good habit. Research had been done that intelligent people have habit of reading books. Books not only gives education, but it also helps to develop a personality. According to me, books and movies choices can reveal a lot about personality. I will elaborate on my reasons in the following paragraphs.
First, books and movies can express person characteristics. For instance, the University of Texas conducted research on more than 3000 people. Based on the preference of books and movies they were able to group them into similar personality and education level. In other words, who liked the same books and movies they were having similarities in their personality or they were having the same level of education. Moreover, by reading books person become creative and he/she tries to be in the carters of the books. A person starts liking the books which match with his desires and personalities.
Second, books and movies tell about persons like and dislike. For example, in a group discussion or in interviews people attempt to convey information about their personality by telling their favorite books or movies. Most notably, if people tell you how much they enjoy inventive movies they are probably trying to tell you that they are creative, clever and cultured. Moreover, books and movies also express a person’s current concern. If persons in love or getting married, they start reading love stories or related books to marriage advice. In addition, any woman planning to be the mother. She will start reading books related to motherhood.
Lastly, today, people have multiple options for books and movies, fiction, suspense, comedy, etc. Based on this type of books and movies people get help to develop their personality. People can explore and get to know which type of books and a movie they like. In addition, books and movies also reveal a person’s profession. Whenever anyone comes to my house, they can tell that I am a health professional. I have huge collection of health related books. I daily prefer to read books about recent research in health science. I also like to watch documentaries and series related to the health profession, one of my favorite series is Doctor House M.D.
Let’s put in a nut shell, books and movies give clues about a person’s characteristics, concerns, state of mind and so forth. based on that I strongly believe that books and movies also describe numerous things about a person’s characteristics.
Spending a significant amount of time with someone is necessary to get to know their personalities and temperaments. Sometimes, people can also tell a person’s quality and determine his or her personality by analyzing their behaviors. When it comes to the question of whether one can learn about another person from the books or movies that the person likes, I personally am in favor of this statement based on the following reasons.
First off, by judging from the books or movies or even TV programs that someone like we can tell a person’s interests and hobbies, consequently we can learn more about them. For example, My roommate back in college was really into auto magazines, TV shows and even movies featuring fancy sports cars. At first, I didn’t know him so well to know his hobbies and interests, however, I was sure at that time that he must have been a big fan of cars. Indeed, my judgment was right and he was a car freak, he likes all kinds of vehicles like sedan, SUV, recreational vehicles, etc. It is not an exaggeration to claim that he can tell not only the brand but also the version of a specific vehicle by just checking out the picture of the cockpit of the car. Ultimately, we can tell a person’s hobbies by the movies and books they like.
Additionally, the genre of the books that someone reads says a lot about the person’s character and temperament. Actually, it is natural for someone to shape their characters just because the characters in the novels or movies have a dramatic impact on the person’s behavior and attitude, regardless of the types of the characters like fairy, alien or someone with superpower. For instance, girls who read a lot of romantic novels like Gone With the Wind might be very emotional and very committed to someone they love. For someone who read science fiction novels or watch movies featuring future events and exploration of outer space tend to be very creative and willing to take risks, to be more specific, they might be someone who friends can depend on when they got stuck in some sort of exploration.
For someone who likes to read classics of all times like the works by Jane Austen or Ernest Hemingway, they tend to cherish the simplicities and trivialities in lives.
In a nutshell, by judging from the genre of the book that someone reads, not only can we tell a lot about the person’s interests and hobbies but also the person's character and temperament.