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As Good As McKee's Story but more accessible
on 6 April 2011
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.