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The Story Book - a writers' guide to story development, principles, problem resolution and marketing (The Story Series 1) [Kindle Edition]

David Baboulene
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`Fantastic. A bible for writers.` Bookshelf

Author, scriptwriter, story consultant and Ph.D scholar of story theory, David Baboulene, helps you to understand what makes stories that grip. With invaluable new thinking on subtext plus insights on story success from:

Bob Gale: Legendary Hollywood scriptwriter and producer of the Back to the Future trilogy.

Lee Child: 16 million Jack Reacher novels sold in 43 countries and 29 languages.

Willy Russell: celebrated playwright and film maker of classics such as Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita, Blood Brothers...

John Sullivan: television comedy writing legend - Only Fools and Horses, Citizen Smith, Just Good Friends...

Simply a must-read for anyone wanting to understand how to turn ideas into stories that sell.

“Receiving a publishing deal was a dream turned reality, and The Story Book helped me obtain this achievement. A practical, yet engaging guide, every writer should read.

Here is what I have in my acknowledgment page: ‘David Baboulene—I did it and you’re a heck of a teacher!’ “ Kerri Cuevas — Author of Deadly Kisses.

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Fantastic. A bible for writers. --Bookshelf

A wonderful combination of technical knowledge combined with the recognition that story must come from the heart of the individual. --Lorraine Faulkner - Story Seminar Delegate

A fresh, crisp and incredibly user-friendly method for anyone in the business of story and script development - highly recommended. --Marion Pilowsky - Film Producer - Sleuth

About the Author

Since first being published in 2002, David has produced two humorous books, two children s books and an academic work on story principles. David has also written several screenplays and has had three film productions deals, two in Hollywood and one in the UK. He is currently proving through his Ph.D. thesis that subtext is the defining substance of story, and by measuring subtext presence, depth and extent, he can tell you in advance how successful a story is likely to be. When his metrics are compared to public ratings on e.g., the Internet Movie Database, his theory is proven: the more subtext there is, the higher the story is rated by the public. So stories are not about structure. They are not about establishing a setting by page 3, a protagonist by page 10 and a turning point by page 27. Why not? Because not all stories have these things. It's cobblers. But all stories have subtext. By identifying all types of subtext and defining all story elements, from the character to the humour, in terms of the subtext, a new and significant advance is made in the world's understanding of story. An understanding that takes story theory beyond Aristotle, Propp and McKee, and into a whole new story science that truly lets the writer control and understand his story power. Stories are not about structure. They are about resonance with the human mind. Makes sense really, if you think about it... David works as a story consultant with training and development organisations, aspiring and established writers and producers. He is also working at Brighton University on his Ph.D. and on the use of story as the most effective possible tool of teaching and learning. David is giving seminars on story principles throughout the UK and in Los Angeles in 2011 in collaboration with The Script Factory, Euroscript and Picture House Cinemas. David writes extensively on his subject, including his monthly column in Writing Magazine and Writers' News. He lives in sunny Brighton with his wife and four children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1071 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dreamengine Media Ltd; First Edition edition (1 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G093BM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As McKee's Story but more accessible 6 April 2011
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Sub-titling this book "A Writer's Guide" is spot on and, being a writer, a creative writing degree graduate and an avid reader, I think it is this and so much more. For many Mckee's "Story" has been the bible for screenwriters and those interested in crafting a compelling story, though like many 'bibles' it can be heavy going at times. Having read through Baboulene's book twice in as many weeks I found that 'The Story Book' is far more accessible with lessons, tips and ideas that are instantly applicable to the journeyman writer.

Baboulene quickly covers the essential ground but then digs into the nuances that I feel allow you to really tell (and sell) a story: driving narrative with subtext and the power of privilege. His innovative use of a well known film throughout the book gives an interesting structure and a great frame of reference to the ideas, techniques and narrative theories put forward. Personally I think it is this coupling of narrative idea with an established and very successful film that gives the book it's edge. Theory observed in action is so much easier to understand, especially when dealing with the subtleties and slipperiness of language.

This is a book about crafting the tale, about fleshing out character based narrative to the point where the story is compelling, absorbing and ultimately very satisfying. From the lessons learned in these pages my redrafts have liberated my characters to the point where their stories now leap from the page to page and scene to scene. I strongly recommend this to anyone working on their story craft in general or a current screenplay or novel.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Approach to Writing 1 April 2011
By Calypso
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I have been on many creative writing courses and read several good texts on the subject. This book is outstanding. It is written in engaging style with real depth of story analysis. I particularly liked the practical examples throughout the book drawing the key points from literature and film. If you feel uncertain as to how to develop your story to its best potential the answers are here.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Jay
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I purchased this on kindle and have to say it is one of the best books ever written on the subject. Ever. And I have read quite a few. I mean forget the reasonable price, this would still be worth buying if it cost £15.99. The author is not just a knowledgable writer but an effective teacher. The way subjects are broken down and explained really opens your eyes to all kinds of hidden depths involved in crafting a work of fiction.

Inside you will find a deep understanding of many different aspects of story building, with the kind of insight and analysis that a psychologist would bring to the subject. However, the book is not difficult reading. There are basic premises that are analyzed in great detail and complex thoroughness, and then very difficult aspects of storytelling that the author translates into easy, manageable concepts that will improve the way you both write fiction and understand it.

For anyone looking to learn the art of storytelling this book cannot afford to be missed. And for the ridiculously fair price - it's a brainy no-brainer.....Buy it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I've read a few - from Stephen King to free kindle downloads; I've read blog posts by successful writers and checked out documentaries on other successful writers. When you have a passion for writing but find yourself procrastinating, reading about writing comes as a lame substitute...! ;D Anyway, yes... Baboulene goes into detail about what a story is, why people connect with them, what makes them good, and ultimately gets you thinking very closely about laying down strong foundations for character, plot, pacing - among other things.

The examples he gives to illustrate each point are easily followed and certainly I was very amused by the very personable style of narration. Though the first part of the book (going into fundamentals of story etc) may be academic, it's actually what made this book so successful in getting the information into my head. I think for some people informality does the trick, but if you're like me and like method, like theory and like structure, then this book will deliver in buckets.

If you're fortunate enough to own a kindle, download the kindle version and read at your own liesure. For the price, it really is invaluable.

Highly recommended, and extremely grateful to Mr Baboulene for putting it out there.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Having started several projects but literally lost the plot in every case I realised that I lacked the skills (craft if you prefer) to keep a story on track. Some bits worked and others didn't and I couldn't see what the difference was. I lacked the skill of story telling and went in search of a guru.

This was the fourth book I'd read on the subject and I was beginning to feel like, maybe, I just wasn't cut out for this story telling lark. This book changed all that. David uses one consistent and well known example (Back to the Future) throughout the book. In my opinion this gives it an edge over Robert McKee's "Story" which uses many different examples, many of which were unfamiliar to me.

The book is really easy to grasp with very clear examples, including a few diagrams and pictures to illustrate the more complex concepts. It starts at the basics of how and why stories appeal to humans and makes a compelling argument for the fact that story is a vital mechanism in the emergence of human society. This may seem abstruse, even irrelevant but it's not. It is widely agreed that phonetic written languages developed independently in Mesopotamia (3200 BCE) and Mesoamerica (600 BCE) which makes a strong argument that story telling to pass information (and emotion) and make plans for future activity was an evolutionary imperative. But I digress.

Step-by-step David walks you through the structure of story. Critically though he is very clear that structure should be used more as a diagnostic tool than a means of "producing" the story. He covers the usual subjects of scenes, sequences, acts, inciting incidents and turning points.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent information you won't find else where
I recently reread this book and it really is as good and useful as I remember. If you want to lowdown on how to write subtext - this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book you need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational companion to writing.
I bought this some time ago and felt truely inspired. I have now become the most severe critic of my own attempts at writing. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Oscar McCloud
5.0 out of 5 stars To my surprise, I learned something new!
Not that I'm such a brilliant writer (I'm working on it, though), it's just that I've read so many of these kinds of books. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mystic
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic storytelling techniques.
I was very impressed with the breakdown of storytelling in this book and I still use it as a reference every time I review my plots.
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Having read it twice and learned more. It is a book that encourages more practice to make perfect and to develop story writing for training, marketing and product and service... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. Eric Sutherland
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I wish I'd had this to read years ago. I'm already recommending this to other people. Now to put it into practice!
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