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This review is from: Me and You and Memento and Fargo: How Independent Screenplays Work (Paperback)
I had just finished reading "Save the Cat!", which is an entertaining how-to book aimed squarely at those looking to make money writing movies. It's not at all a bad book, but is so rigid and one-sided that it was frustrating to read some passages. While I think it is still worth a look, it was THIS book (Me and You and Memento and Fargo) that really set me straight. I think the two books make nice companions because they present two ends of the spectrum.
MAYAMAF dives into not just how independent screenplays work, but presents another argument for how the rigid rules of traditional screenwriting has actually evolved in creative ways, and shows specific cases where writers have created successful scripts without following the rules. These aren't exceptions, JJ Murphy argues, but a different and equally valid way to tell a story.