I've read a number of books on screenwriting, and I have mixed feelings about this one. On the positive side, there are quite a few things in there that I found incredibly helpful and insightful. On the negative side though, if there was such a thing as a filler-to-insightful-content ratio, the ratio wouldn't be good. He's really wordy and pompous and you need to read a lot of nonsense to extract the really good bits. Contrast that with, for example, the "Save The Cat" books, which I think are a lot more concise and reader-friendly.
It's kind of ironic, when you think about it, because the problem with this book (a book on writing no less) isn't the content or ideas, it's the writing of it. And I've found this in many other books on writing too... why do writers that write these books have such a hard time using some of the very lessons that they are teaching, in their own writing. Dunno. Anyway, useful book, I do recommend it, but it's needlessly wordy and the content is badly diluted.
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd (1 July 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0413715604
- ISBN-13: 978-0413715609
- Product Dimensions:: 21.1 x 13.5 x 3.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 599 g
- Customer reviews: 805 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: 445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)