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This is the seminal book, not only on screenwriting, but also long form storytelling in any medium and genre. Mckee is famous for his “Story” seminars, three-day workshops he gave all around the world, which formed the backbone for this guide. He manages to boil down all stories into their most basic structures, using classic films and novels to back up his teachings. But in no way is Mckee encouraging formulaic work. His structures do not tell you what to write, or really even how to write, but rather why certain stories succeed and others fail. The work is still up to you, but it’s certainly easier when you understand why you have a dud on your hands! Engaging, at times philosophical, always insightful, if you read any book on writing, make it this one.— From Lillian
In Story, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his $450 seminars (considered a must by industry insiders), providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen. No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the "magic" of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.