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The Screenwriter's Fairy Tale: The Universal Story Within All Movie Stories (a very brief fable) by [Klick, Todd]
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  • 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
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Seldom do you find a book amongst the forest of writing how-to efforts that so simply and concisely lays out such real story structure help in such an entertaining and easy-to-understand manner. Klick's simple little tale is one that my students and I will refer to again and again. It is a great complement to such classics as Larry Brook's Story Engineering and Pilar Alessandra's Coffee Break Screenwriter: Writing Your Script Ten Minutes at a Time

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This is a real sleeper of a plotting tool. The "fairy tale" is actually a plotting framework for authors and screenwriters. Klick presents the basic fairy tale, and then repeats it to show exactly how it works with an existing story, as well as the exact "story beats" it represents.

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.
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Some books about how to write stories list the structural parts of a tale in general terms such as `beats', scenes, plot points, climax and so forth. Klick lists his structural outline in human terms such as `the boy', the bully, friends and enemies, the adversary and the mentor. He includes important emotional moments in the main character's milieu.

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.
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By MC on April 14, 2012
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The simplest answer is always the better one. With both a quick read and a quintessential demonstration of film story structure, Mr. Klick has done it again! With this follow up from his best-selling previous work "Something Startling Happens," he brings you on a brief journey which inspires and acts almost like an outline for your own treatment. Just replace his narrative with your characters and plot and you have the groundwork of your own story laid down for you! Thanks again, Mr. Klick!
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“A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end.” - Aristotle

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!
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I recently purchased this book and found it to be very nicely written. It is short, but too the point. For those of you looking to understand how stories are created from an idea, this is an excellent way to look at it. I've used a much shorter version of this for years, but this version of simplified story is very nicely done. It's fun to read and has a great example of putting it into practice.

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!
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