Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee focuses on the teachings of Robert Mckees. It expounds on the ideas and concepts that are very important for screenwriting. Lecture on how the elements of a screenplay complement each other is also provided to let the readers understand that each parts serves as an important part of a greater whole.
The readers will gain a number of useful insights regarding the Classical Hollywood Narrative. Nevertheless, it is interesting to note that the author recognizes the fact alternative forms may exist in the field of screenwriting. Written in a very simple manner, the contents of the book provides the readers with a deeper understanding of the whys and hows of creating an effective narrative. Moreover, the discussions in the book are supplemented with a lot of details that cover all the genres and structures associated with screenwriting. To provide the readers with clear examples, some samples scenes are dissected and discussed part by part in order to emphasize and explain each element of a narrative.
Because there are the book is very detailed, some readers may have trouble comprehending the contents of the book. Some people who have already read the book think that the author’s suggested formula for screenwriting is too strict and will not simply apply to all kinds of stories. There are also some readers who are not convinced with the author’s authority on the matter of writing narratives since he did not write any notable pieces of screenplay at all.
The book summarizes what Robert McKees teaches in his seminars about screenwriting. It stimulates the minds of those who look for in-depth discussions regarding the art of screenwriting. Furthermore, it serves as an undisputable instruction manual for struggling writers who aim to make a name for themselves in the world writing narratives.