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The Four Magic Questions of Screenwriting: How To Structure Your Screenplay Fast Paperback – March 1, 2010
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It is the first time I write a review for a book on Amazon.
I have purchased and red more than 30 books related to screenwriting during the past 3 years.
This one is by far the less useful book I have on the subject. The four magic questions are really vague and are not interesting at all if you want to write a meaningful screenplay.
Basically those questions are : what does the protagonist want, what is is worst nightmare, what would he die for and how does he solve his problem ?
Every screenwriter know that those questions are important. That's why it is one of the first thing they learn when studying their craft.
So you must think that this book gives more insight on those questions ? Unfortunately the answer is NO !
When I red this book, I saw that those 4 questions were part of a more global method by the author. Maybe the system is interesting, but those four questions must be the least interesting part...
This book is 100 pages, and 15% of those pages are just blank pages to put your own ideas...
I would not have problems with that if :
- the book was not so expensive
- the questions to answer were not so vague, simple, and basics.
I am deeply sorry for the author to put such a bad review, but I have waited several months for this book to be published and it is a very huge disapointment.
Maybe the book was very clever and I didn't get it.
If it is the case, I would be delighted to be offered some explanations...
I've read numerous books on writing; how to write, how to plot, how to create real characters, how to structure and organize, and Marilyn's book is the only one that has given me the answers and understanding I was searching for to create a fiction novel that's plot driven full of twists and turns because her formula for structuring your written work works! If you invest yourself in her method and work your way through this goldmine of a book before you start writing, once you do have the structure of you screenplay you will find yourself writing your way to your goal faster than you ever thought possible. It doesn't matter what you're writing, a screenplay, a novel, or a non-fiction piece of work; this system will work with whatever you are creating. The bottom line for me is that I will never write another piece of work without using the Horowitz System of the Four Magic Questions first.
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This book will keep your screenplay on track - with a solid structure, vivid characters, and strong plot-line. Read morePublished on September 5, 2011 by paula landry
This book is SO basic it's almost pointless. There are far better books out there, primarily Blake Snyder's SAVE THE CAT series. Read morePublished on June 5, 2010 by RICK