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This is the one,
By A Customer
This review is from: Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting (Methuen Film) (Paperback)
This is not a book for lightweights. It was the last of many books I read on the subject and I shall not read another. The others I had read, on re-reading, now look banal and trite. I read it through and then started again at the beginning, and then read it a third time. McKee has thought through his subject to an unprecedented level. He has drawn conclusions from which he has evolved principals that are stunningly insightful. The challenge is to follow him and take it all on board.
I've only read one book - on any subject - that held me in awe of the writer like this one did ... and that was by my tutor, the Professor of English Literature at Oxford. It's all too rare to be able to marvel at a writer's command of his subject - any subject - and it is fortunate for us would-be screenwriters that McKee chose this one.
This is essential if you are serious about writing, but you must keep re-reading until it all becomes second nature.