Cinescopes: What Your Favorite Movies Reveal about You
Risa Williams & Ezra Werb
Quirk, 2007 (2007)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
've always believed that the books we enjoy say a lot about who we are, so why not the movies too? That is certainly the premise of
by screenwriter/social worker Risa Williams and screenwriter/novelist Ezra Werb, who tell us that '
Discovering something new about your personality is as easy as making a list of your ten favorite movies.
' They offer
a unique personality assessment system based on heroic archetypes commonly found in movies.
ow does it work? We're told to list our ten favorite movies, find them in a glossary at the back of the book (noting the codes beside each one), and then locate the
for the code that appears most frequently. Voila, your personality type. I did this but had some problems. First, my all time favorite movie,
(admittedly an obscure one) did not appear, and second, my codes for the others were all over the map - does this indicate a fractured personality or simply wide-ranging tastes?
ince I did rate VR -
The Vivacious Romantic
- several times, I looked it up. Each of the twelve
in the book offers: a summary of the personality type; famous roles of that type and typical typecasting (e.g. Meg Ryan in
When Harry Met Sally
(they got it right on the chocolates!); the personality type at work, with friends, and in love;
; most and least
Compatible Cinescope Types
; the type's
Words of Advice
hether or not it really works for perceptive personality insights,
is lots of fun - the kind of small volume that makes a winning stocking stuffer or party gift, and gets enthusiastic conversations going.
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