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The PG £50 Screenwriting Challenge - for a future blog entry
Poetics (Penguin Classics)
"PG is a screenwriter who will sell you an ebook on screenwriting for £50 or so. This challenge is to spend £50 more productively. I suggest 6 stages:"
Poetics (Dover Thrift Editions)
"1. Get a copy of 'The Poetics', like the one above, or this one..."
Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters: Storytelling Secrets from the Greatest Mind in Western Civilization: Storytelling Secrets from the Greatest Mind in Western Civilisation
"...or this, with extra screenwriteryness..."
Classical Literary Criticism: Plato: Ion; Republic 2-3, 1; Aristotle: Poetics; Horace: The Art of Poetry; Longinus: On the Sublime (Penguin Classics)
"...this, with some other classical literary ideas..."
The Poetics (Dramatic contexts)
"...this, with a modern theatre perspective..."
The Rhetoric and Poetics of Aristotle
"... or this, if you also want to think about rhetoric (and, by extension, Shakespeare) - or buy a separate copy of 'The Rhetoric', to go with an edition of 'The Poetics', above."
The Oresteia Trilogy: Agamemnon, the Libation-Bearers and the Furies (Dover Thrift Editions)
"2. Get some tragedies to go with 'The Poetics', like this..."
The Theban Plays: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone (Dover Thrift Editions)
Three Plays: "Alcestis","Hippolytus","Iphigenia in Tauris" (Penguin Classics)
"...and this... (or whatever editions you prefer)"
Four Tragedies: Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth (Penguin Classics)
"3. Add some Shakespearean Tragedy, for comparison, to show how he expanded upon Aristotle's definitions of Tragedy."
The Norton Shakespeare Tragedies
"... or a complete version ..."
Four Revenge Tragedies: (The Spanish Tragedy, The Revenger's Tragedy, The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois, and The Atheist's Tragedy): "Spanish Tragedy", ... "Atheist's Tragedy" (Oxford World's Classics)
"... optional Tragedy extra, number one..."
Five Jacobean Tragedies (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature)
"... optional Tragedy extra, number two..."
The Hero with a Thousand Faces
"4. PG offers to simplify this for you, I think you should save some money (and a possible misrepresentation) and stick to the original - and be sceptical of its thesis"
Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting (Methuen Film)
"5. Stages 1-4 should be good context for this book, which seems to be the template for 'screenwriters guides'..."
Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting: A Step-by-Step Guide from Concept to finished Script
"...and this, which is more of the same sort of thing. I'm not convinced that PG has any insights that McKee and Field don't have. And you can get both of these books for £20 or so."
Adaptation [DVD] 
"6. Finally, pick and chose from some stuff that goes against McKee and Field. McKee is even a character in 'Adaption'..."
The Passenger [DVD] 
"...this doesn't mean you should ignore structure..."
Shooting the Past (1999) [DVD]
"...or be deliberately avant garde..."
The Singing Detective [DVD] 
"...or disdain clear communication... or popular culture..."
The Complete Dramatic Works of Samuel Beckett
"...or not try your best to make a living from writing..."
Plays: "Lear"; the "Sea"; "Narrow Road to the Deep North"; "Black Mass"; "Passion": Vol 2 (Contemporary Dramatists)
"...but that you should be suspicious of apparently easy, but expensive, answers..."
Plays:2 The Caretaker .Night School. The Dwarfs. The Collection. The Lover. Night School . Trouble in the works. The black and white request stop. ... Dwarfs", "The Collection", "The Lover" v. 2
"...always challenge your own ideas..."
Absurd Drama - Amedee, Professor Taranne, The Two Executioners & The Zoo Story
"...and take some time to work out the stories you really want to tell, and why you want to bother..."
On Theatre (Plays and Playwrights)
"...this part of the list is pretty arbitrary, but click around the other listmania lists on this page for other possibilities. If you don't want to spend £50 at all, remember your local library."
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