- File Size: 340 KB
- Print Length: 20 pages
- Publisher: WriterWrench Productions; 1 edition (November 20, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 20, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007U6D0CM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,600 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Screenwriter's Fairy Tale: The Universal Story Within All Movie Stories (a very brief fable) Kindle Edition
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While some may dispute the amount of detail he puts into analyzing stories, moment-by-moment, this is still a tremendous tool for anyone working with story beats. And, if your story lacks depth (or the middle is sagging), this fairy tale can provide the creative sparks and prompts you need to get your story back on track.
Recommended for any level of writer, but it's especially useful if you're already familiar with the "Hero's Quest" approach to plotting, or "Save the Cat" story beats, or Larry Brooks' advice.
This may make the process of writing a story with a winning structure easier, although some basic factors are not explained by Klick's formula.
He doesn't talk about formative parts of a character's life--background, status, family influences and similar facts that help bring a story alive, even if not overtly mentioned in a tale. When an author knows this sort of data the character becomes more real to reader because he is real to the writer.
Klick has apparently diligently researched movie plots in developing his outline and his success says his method works especially well-- for him. The real test of this book will be whether the method also works very well for other writers.
What are some of the most memorable stories that you can recall?
For many of us, they’re the short and sweet adventures that we remember from our childhood; meaningful fairy tales filled with great characters and relatable issues. From triumph to tragedy, we have been mesmerized by the outcomes and the lessons many of us have learned, doing our best to apply them to our own daily lives.
With “The Screenwriter's Fairy Tale: The Universal Story Within All Movie Stories (a very brief fable)”, author Todd Klick has crafted a wonderful and helpful analysis/journey of the Three-Act movie structure that most writer’s use in today’s film world. Extremely thoughtful and concise, Todd takes the reader through the world of a young boy who must find a way to overcome his fears as he deals with an anonymous bully. By the time you finish the booklet, you will have a clearer understanding of the screenwriting art and a sense of knowing where to hit the key points in your own stories.
Being an avid writer myself, this brief breakdown of how to write a successful script helped me in many ways with reaching the full potential of my work. I actually adjusted one of my scripts as I was reading his manual! Todd even uses a popular award-winning film to show you how his vision of structure works, leaving me to ponder many of my favorite movies through his lens of prosperity.
As with many instructional books, the advice given is meant to help with your task, not to hinder your creativity but enhance your ability. Whether you’re a newcomer to the field of writing or if you’re an advanced engineer of literature, The Screenwriter’s Fairy Tale can assist you in developing your technique. And at a great price, which is an obvious plus, Todd’s handbook is definitely a guide worth the purchase!
And, it breaks down nicely into the Hero Goal Sequences of another great book. (I'll not mention it here so as not to corrupt this review with another well done book.)
If you are interested in understanding how to take a story idea and test to see if it will work as a movie, look no further. This short guide will help you!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're trying to cut to the chase in learning what you need to put into a story, to satisfy an audience, this is a good place to start. Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by Dorothy J. Wight
I chose to give this book a 5 start rating because Todd made it short, sweet and to the point. He broke down the universal story with in all movies and made writing a great... Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Dan
cute and straight to the point example of a script story. only took me 10 minutes to read (less than 20 full pages)Published on December 24, 2013 by scheye1
This is too short, and too generic. I know you have a point here, but I prefer a ton of other screenwriting books to this. Very dissapointed.Published on August 9, 2013 by armando guajardo gonzalez
I have been studying the patterns in movies for a bunch of years now... comparing one movie to the next to work out the most popular beats and structure frameworks -- but I never... Read morePublished on October 20, 2012 by James
I was moved, and was inspired to relate another classic, timeless fable:
The Emperor's New Clothes
by Hans Christian Andersen
(H.P. Read more
This is a gem. Small and perfectly formed. Well worth reading and keeping in mind as you write. I know I will.Published on June 14, 2012 by Tessa Apa
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