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The best book on the subject Ive read Quite brilliant Tony Jordan, creator writer, Life on Mars, HustleWe all love stories But why do we tell them And why do all stories function in an eerily similar way John Yorke, creator of the BBC Writers Academy, has brought a vast array of drama to British screens Here he takes us on a journey to the heart of storytelling, revealing that there truly is a unifying shape to narrative forms one that echoes the fairytale journey into the woods and, like any great art, comes from deep within From ancient myths to big budget blockbusters, he gets to the root of the stories that are all around us, every dayMarvellous Julian Fellowes Terrifyingly clever Packed with intelligent argument Evening Standard The most important book about scriptwriting since William Goldmans Adventures in the Screen Trade Peter Bowker, writer, Blackpool, Occupation, Eric and Ernie Things now make sense Thank you Clear, analytical, British English no Americanisms Extremely helpful in understanding how stories are constructed, drawing on many examples The only downside is every time I watch any film or programme, structure and patterns jump out Reads very well alongside, On Directing Film, by David Mamet. Clear and clever It makes a valid analysis of the stories structure and the narrative theory, inquiring about their shared origins. Yorke s book examines the standard structure of stories not just to show writers how to write but why humans, psychologically, require stories that are so structured The current thinking is that all stories have three acts put simply beginning , middle , end although writers of old, for instance Shakespeare, used five He examines the mirror structure where events at the end faithfully reflect events that occurred in the reflexive position at the beginning He then goes on demonstrate this tripartite structure is factal being found in each act, sequence and even scene.First the god things Yorke obviously understands his topic and is able to discuss it at length and in depth His experience in TV scriptwriting shines through and his real life exmaples are ilutsrative and incitedful.On the minus side He is verbose and feels quite opinionated He will make a point then again, and aagain, and again, almost as if constant repetition reinforces his poin If this repetition were removed the book would be substantially shorter At times the writing is obscure and obtuse and, althugh it was understandable it made the reading tougher For a professional writer, I would have expected him to make his work clearer and accessible It was almost as if he wrote in a erudite style to give the work a gravitas it did not achieve. It is marketed as being an alternative to other story template books, but while it might go into slightly depth than most, it still makes key assumptions, and boils down to an oversimplified recipe for a story rather than anything deeper Generalisations like every story is essentially about a protagonist who is thrust into strange world and made to adapt paraphrasing here but that s the gist rub me up the wrong way as much as any generalisation in any other magic screenplay formula book.