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Buy it for the chapter on dialogue, other than that, ignore.
on March 26, 2015
This is a highly bigoted view of Hollywood, that assumes that if your screenplay doesn't attract lots of producers at the same time, you're no good as a writer. Plenty of works of fiction, screenplays, books, paintings, music, and so forth, were long undiscovered and unnoticed, sometimes even after an artist's death. Still some of these artists even after their passing still managed to gain critical acclaim.
On top of that, if all screenplays would have multiple interested parties, all screenplays would sell for $5 million. This just isn't going to happen.
On top of that, he introduces stupid rules like for instance what names you should and shouldn't give to your characters, that some people seem to have broken in highly successful films already (No Country for Old Men, Coen Brothers), maybe even just to prove him wrong.
The only reason you want to buy this book, is because the chapter on how to write dialogue is relatively exceptional, relatively speaking to any other book I've read. Although other books (The Art of Dramatic Writing, Lajos Egri) contain the general rules and are spot on, this book explores the result of these rules in a bit more detail.
Buy it for the chapter on dialogue. Ignore the relatively condescending description of what success means.