Monday, April 19, 2010
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The Anatomy of Story Book Review
About the Book: John Truby is one of the most respected and sought-after story consultants in the film industry, and his students have gone on to pen some of Hollywood’s most successful films, including Sleepless in Seattle, Scream, and Shrek. The Anatomy of Story is his long-awaited first book, and it shares all his secrets for writing a compelling script. Based on the lessons in his award-winning class, Great Screenwriting, The Anatomy of Story draws on a broad range of philosophy and mythology, offering fresh techniques and insightful anecdotes alongside Truby’s own unique approach to building an effective, multifaceted narrative.
Our Take: John Truby is a master storyteller. He gives us 421 pages of his tips, tricks and insights that can launch even the lowest level writer onto another plain! The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller is one of the most interesting books I've read yet this year. This may just be due to my own writing interests, but I really found his ideas and the way that he related them to existing storytelling successes was refereshing and helpful.
The book is comprehensive and fantastic. One of the most important things that it helps to do is guide you away from cliche in your storytelling. If you're interested in writing at any level and for various mediums, this is your book. I'll be coveting my copy for a good long while!
How to Buy: Amazon.com or the Faber and Faber website