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Into the Woods: A Five-Act Journey Into Story [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

John Yorke
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29. Mai 2014
The idea of Into the Woods is not to supplant works by Aristotle, Lajos Egri, Robert McKee, David Mamet, or any other writers of guides for screenwriters and playwrights, but to pick up on their cues and take the reader on a historical, philosophical, scientific, and psychological journey to the heart of all storytelling. In this exciting and wholly original book, John Yorke not only shows that there is truly a unifying shape to narrative—one that echoes the great fairytale journey into the woods, and one, like any great art, that comes from deep within—he explains why, too.

With examples ranging from The Godfather to True Detective, Mad Men to Macbeth, and fairy tales to Forbrydelsen (The Killing), Yorke utilizes Shakespearean five-act structure as a key to analyzing all storytelling in all narrative forms, from film and television to theatre and novel-writing—a big step from the usual three-act approach.

Into the Woods: A Five-Act Journey Into Story is destined to sit alongside David Mamet’s Three Uses of the Knife, Robert McKee’s Story, Syd Field’s Screenplay, and Lajos Egri’s The Art of Dramatic Writing as one of the most original, useful, and inspiring books ever on dramatic writing.

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Overlook Hardcover (29. Mai 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1468308092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468308099
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,5 x 16,4 x 3 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.232.738 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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“This is a marvelous analysis of screenwriting and, with any luck, should help a great many people achieve their dreams.”—Julian Fellowes, creator/writer, Downton Abbey
“All script writers will want to read it.” —Caitlin Moran, bestselling author of How to Be a Woman
Into the Woods by John Yorke is brilliant on story structure.” —Ken Follett, bestselling author of Pillars of the Earth
“There is no end of books that instruct us on how to write the perfect screenplay, but few that delve more deeply into the art of storytelling than this erudite volume.” —Financial Times
“Love storytelling? You need this inspiring book. John Yorke dissects the structure of stories with a joyous enthusiasm allied to precise, encyclopedic knowledge. Guaranteed to send you back to your writing desk with newfound excitement and drive.” —Chris Chibnall, creator/writer, Broadchurch and Gracepoint
“Outrageously good and by far and away the best book of its kind I've ever read. I recognized so much truth in it. But more than that, I learned a great deal. Time and again, Yorke articulates things I've always felt but have never been able to describe . . . This is a love story to story—erudite, witty and full of practical magic. I struggle to think of the writer who wouldn’t benefit from reading it—even if they don’t notice because they’re too busy enjoying every page.”— Neil Cross, creator/writer, Luther and Crossbones
“Part ‘how-to’ manual, part ‘why-to’ celebration, Into the Woods is a wide-reaching and infectiously passionate exploration of storytelling in all its guises . . . exciting and thought-provoking.” —Emma Frost, screenwriter, The White Queen and Shameless
“John Yorke’s Into the Woods is brilliant. It illuminates and explains.” —Susan Hill, author of The Woman In Black and the Simon Serrailler crime novels
“Even for a convinced sceptic, John Yorke’s book, with its massive field of reference from Aristotle to Glee, and from Shakespeare to Spooks, is a highly persuasive and highly energetic read.”—Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director, the Globe Theatre

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

John Yorke is Managing Director of Company Pictures, the UK drama independent behind Shameless, The White Queen, and Wolf Hall. A former Head of BBC Drama Production, he championed some of the defining works of British television including Life On Mars, The Street, Shameless, and Waterloo Road. In 2005 he created the BBC Writers Academy. John Yorke is Visiting Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and lives and works in London. 

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5.0 von 5 Sternen ole! 25. April 2013
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just started reading. can t put it down! compared to other books on the subject this is something truly special
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5.0 von 5 Sternen How stories work; what they do; and why we need them 27. Mai 2013
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John Yorke's "Into The Woods: A Five Act Journey into Story" is an excellent book for anyone interested in narrative theory, or wanting an understanding of the power and purpose of stories and storytelling. Those who see this treatise on story structure as a formulation of a script-writing template for successful film and TV stories not only miss its point, they also do the author a grave disservice.

Yorke's starting point is an analysis of dramatic form in which he extends Christopher Booker's "The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories" by showing that even Booker's seven can essentially be collapsed down into one universal five-act form, which is itself built from a fractal array of five-fold forms in miniature. The author presents an extensive examination of a wide range of successful stories drawn from over the ages, really driving home the message in a way that demonstrates the far-reaching veracity of his thesis. But Yorke doesn't stop there; to close out his story, he turns to the deeper and more interesting question that follows: why do all stories, regardless of their actual content, share the same basic structure -- and a structure which is so fundamental that it can even be observed even when authors have steadfastly declared their abhorrence for and maintained a deliberate avoidance of it? Yorke's conclusions here are both erudite and rigorous, serving to reinforce beautifully the notion oft expounded by Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart (such as in their "The Science of Discworld II: The Globe", written with Terry Pratchett) that mankind would be better described as Pan narrans (the storytelling chimpanzee) than as Homo sapiens.

If you are a would-be script-writer looking for tips and techniques for writing that best selling screenplay, I doubt that this book will have much of interest to tell you. If, on the other hand, you want to know what makes stories work, and what they need to do in order to have any chance of success, then his book is an essential read. There may not be a whole lot in here that is new, but the synthesis of ideas which flows from Yorke's extensive analysis and review of previous studies in the field complete a lot of hitherto unfinished puzzles; the understanding it provides is crucial to any true appreciation of the real nature and purpose of human storytelling.

Highly recommended.
1.0 von 5 Sternen A five act journey into utter tedium 23. August 2013
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Most people should be aware that, as humans, we love a good story: the success of W.H Smiths, champions of the ‘yellow backs’, and Amazon attest to that fact and what, John Yorke, has done here, is to trace the development of the story through history from Aristotle to the present day. He is an experienced TV producer and should know his subject inside out. He illustrates his thesis, which, basically is that all stories conform to a three act structure (even those written in five acts) with examples, from all forms of entertainment involving the written and spoken word, Ridley Scott’s film, Thelma and Louise, being only the most prominent. To give it a touch of academic credibility he chucks in a bit of Jungian and 'pop' psychology here and there and talk of universal 'archetypes'.

But this isn’t brain surgery or even rocket science: the same impulse that drives us to see what is over ‘the next hill’ is that which drives us to find out who killed Colonel Mustard in the library with the candlestick – the need to know; we are curious creatures! And when that impulse becomes engaged by a well written conflict set-up our brains demand a conflict resolution: hence Act 1 - conflict set-up; Act 2 – crisis; Act 3 - conflict resolution.

And it could have made for an interesting exploration in a ‘wetter’, shorter, more engaging and less repetitive book. If I hadn’t already seen Thelma and Louise I doubt very much if the reading of this book would have compelled me to do so!

Oh, and the paperback has a horrible plain black cover that is faintly repellent to the touch.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Screenwriting made simple 14. Mai 2013
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Storytelling is a skilled craft. This excellent analysis of scriptwriting takes you step by step through the process. The overarching plot line; characterization through dialogue; fractal patterns and serial structure: it's all here, accompanied by a robust examination of many familiar screenplays. I teach creative writing, and will definitely be recommending this book to my class.
Jane Bailey Bain ('LifeWorks: Using myth & archetype to develop your life story')
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Now this is special.
If you are a writer or write books on the craft then you must include this on your "Essential Books" shelf. One of probably ten books on writing that every writer just has to master.
This is a 100% Gold Standard 'keeper'.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent, lucid and entertaining 29. Juli 2013
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Lots to like about this book, essentially a synthesis of many other works on storytelling and story structure. A wide variety of examples are pulled from literature, film and television. If you're thinking of telling some stories, you could do a lot worse than read this.
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