16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Good but overly long,
This review is from: Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting (Methuen Film) (Paperback)
'Story' is the best of the dozen or so screenwriting books I've read, precisely because it ignores the nuts and bolts of what to put where on the page and the latest trend in writing in favor of going back to the basics of what makes a movie story work. Rather than claiming, as other books do, that the format has to be perfect and the hero has to meet his love interest on page 34 of the script or no-one in Hollywood will buy it, McKee goes back to the first principles of scenes and structure and builds up a theory of movie storytelling from there.
The downside is that I would agree with some of the other reviewers that the book is overly long; it could have been condensed to probably half the size without losing much and that's the only reason why I've given it four stars rather than five. But for anyone who's thinking of writing a movie script, I'd put this book high on the list.