10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Only repeating a handful of facts and shallow tips,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Screenwriter's Problem Solver: How to Recognize, Identify, and Define Screenwriting Problem (Dell Trade Paperback) (Paperback)
Reducing this book's approximately 350 pages to 35 would in my humble opinion have made it a hundred times better, and given another price more in line with the informative value.
Lecturing on about how important it is to adapt one's script to the right format, and constantly nagging on about avoiding artificial talking heads, the author himself could have considered checking up on some of his own advice on how to keep the reader's interest, and how to avoid dull and uninteresting writing. ...or perhaps he did, and his product is an indication of the effectiveness of his own advices?
I forced myself to continue through the 3rd-8th chapter (of total 22) with the cod-liver-oil-attitude; "I hate this, but it's supposed to be good for me". Then I had to give up. Repetitiveness might function well in the author's classroom lecturing, but on print it's overly annoying. Especially when nothing really new seems to surface in between.
A much better read, and far more comprehensive, I find Linda Seger's book "How to make a good script great" which I am now enjoying.