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Anjum Rajabali Recommended books

In Books, Lists, Movies, USA on ஜூன் 25, 2009 at 1:51 பிப

Earlier: Anjum Rajabali Recommended films

1. “The Art of Dramatic Writing”, by Lajos Egri (first published in 1943, this excellent book by a teacher of playwriting captures all the essentials of what constitutes good drama)

2. “The Hero With a Thousand Faces”, by Joseph Campbell (while this is not a writing text, it is a study of world mythologies which expose us to the rhythms of our characters’ journeys based as this pattern is in a deep understanding of the human unconscious. A seminal and precious work for every screenwriter.)

3. “Screenwriting 434″, by Lew Hunter (Regarded as one of the most respected teachers of screenwriting in America, Hunter has adapted his course at UCLA, where he was the head of the screenwriting department, into this lucid book with a classroom approach.)

4. “Story”, by Robert McKee (regarded as America’s most influential screenwriting guru, McKee’s understanding of mainstream Hollywood narrative is impeccable. Unfortunately, that is all that this is good for really.)

5. “Poetics”, by Aristotle (Leon-Golden edition. Strongly recommended)

6. “Tools of Screenwriting”, by David Howard (Interesting approach to writing. Nice book.)

7. “Writing the Character-Centred Screenplay”, by Andrew Horton (Desirable)

8. “Adventures in the Screen Trade”, by William Goldman (Enjoyable insights into the industry mentality)

9. “Alternative Scriptwriting”, by Jeff Rush and Ken Dancyger (Interesting examples of departures. Not necessarily always useful, though.)

10. “Four Screenplays”, by Syd Field (Good format. Nice intereviews with the writers of those four films.)

11. “The Craft of the Screenwriter”, by Joel Brady (Detailed interviews with six greats. A good read.)

Note: Around half a dozen books a year are released on screenwriting, most of them from the US. Reading too many ‘to-do’ books can confuse you and undermine your free-thinking. However, in-depth interviews with screenwriters are always useful.

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