Ditto. Also McKee's book and Vogler's. Those would be my top modern three on storytelling even though I'm not a screenwriter. You a screenwriter, John? Curious what non-screenwriters think about Truby, et al.
The other day I read that Neil Geiman started reading Campbell's Hero book (I think it was that one) after his career started to take off, but that he quickly put it down because he didn't want to screw up his own approach. I got no problem with that.
For me, and this has always been the case, I'm as fascinated by the hows and whys of writing (big picture, individual authors, journalists) as I am the actual writing. Campbell, Vladimir Propp, Albert Lord, Orson Scott Card, Lajos Egri, Sol Stein, James Frey, Stephen King, Bradbury, Hemingway, even Dean Freaking Koontz - I eat all that crap up.
mammamaia, that's interesting. I've watched Syd Field's DVD, never took a class or read anything else by him. But I thought he was on a lower tier compared to McKee or Truby. Didn't think he was even close, it was so rudimentary.
Keep in mind, this is just one DVD course. Definitely willing to look at other stuff by him because his name pops up everywhere.
I have some minor criticisms of McKee's book (and Truby's) myself. And I think I could name some that others would consider huge. But now you've got me extra curious about your thoughts, or those of other movie folks.
Ah, OK - not looking how to construct a screenplay here, just reading about storytelling in general. Been picking out stuff among a number of sources, I'll check out Dave Trottier. All I know is his name.Can't say this kind of guidance is even necessary to be a good writer. Charles Dickens wouldn't be caught dead with any of this stuff, I'm sure. But geez, pen and paper used to be the fanciest technology for centuries. If you couldn't read or write you were incredibly screwed.
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