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The Little Book of SITCOM (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 25. Mai 2012

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With roots in situation comedy stretching all the way back to Married… with Children, JOHN VORHAUS has taught and trained writers worldwide, and created sitcoms of his own in half a dozen countries. He has also written five novels, including the “hippie lit” coming-of-age tale, Lucy in the Sky. His classic comedy writing book, The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even if You’re Not, will be making money for someone long after he’s dead, buried and gone. In the meantime, he lives in Southern California, tweets for no apparent reason @TrueFactBarFact and secretly controls the world from www.johnvorhaus.com, where he welcomes your visit.



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John Vorhaus ist für mich Gottvater wenn es um Bücher zum Thema humorvolles Schreiben geht! Allein dafür also schon die fünf Sterne.

Wer jedoch noch nicht Vorhaus' Standardwerk "The Comic Toolbox" gelesen hat, sollte unbedingt damit starten. Dieses kleine Büchlein übers Sitcom-schreiben ist in vielen Teilen eine Zusammenfassung der Comic Toolbox, nur dass der Schwerpunkt eben auf Sitcom liegt. Ein paar kleine Kapitel gibt es, die ganz speziell auf das Thema Sitcom eingehen, aber so viel ist es nicht.

Außerdem gibt es weniger praktische Übungen in dem Buch als in der Comic Toolbox, das mag man beim Lesen vielleicht erstmal gut finden, aber es hilft einem beim Schreiben weniger weiter.

Wer "The Little Book of Sitcom" nur lesen möchte, der wird es in einer Stunde durch haben, Vorhaus schreibt sehr klares, einfach zu verstehendes Englisch und umfangreich ist das Buch mit 114 Seiten und großer Schrift nicht gerade.

Wer schon viel über das Schreiben für Comedy-Formate weiß und speziell etwas zum Thema "Sitcom" sucht, kann hier getrost zugreifen, Vorhaus ist es immer wert, gelesen zu werden. Wer jedoch einen ersten Zugang zum humorvollen Schreiben sucht, sollte unbedingt mit dem Klassiker "The Comic Toolbox" beginnen.
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HASH(0x98871ad4) von 5 Sternen Read all of John Vorhaus' books 21. April 2014
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There's this Calvin and Hobbes strip:

Calvin: "I used to hate writing assignments but now I enjoy them. I realize that the purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure poor reasoning, an inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog! Want to see my book report?"
Hobbes: "The dynamics of interbeing and monological imperatives in Dick and Jane: a study in transrelational gender modes."
Calvin: "Academia, here I come."

I feel this explains the truth of about 95% percent of screenwriting books, specially the most praised ones. As a screenwriting teacher and owner of over 80 of these books I feel most of them could have been waaaaay shorter or have actually taught me something.

But not John Vorhaus' books. They go straight to the point and better yet, they cut through all that impenetrable fog and go straight to practical advice.

I highly recommend all of his other books. Plus, you should check out books by Brian McDonald, Ellen Sandler, Lisa Cron, Karl Iglesias, John Truby and Bill Johnson (except the latter two will be harder to read, but worth it).
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HASH(0x98a349b4) von 5 Sternen John Vorhaus is the Robert McKee of Comedy writing! 27. Januar 2012
Von Raymond Jay Edwards - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Reading THE LITTLE BOOK OF SITCOM feels like you've somehow appeared in a sitcom writers' room, John spotted you, and took you aside to give you a quick crash course in how to do the job.

My day-job is highly specialized and extremely technical, but I could teach just about anyone to do it in a month or two -- it's about knowing which buttons to push and when, which buttons to steer clear of, and managing your time so the demanding schedule of tasks flows most effectively.

This is how Mr. Vorhaus treats the reader. He knows this job inside and out, knows how we can most effectively prioritize the many technical tasks required to do the job, and encourages and inspires us! Not only is he confident we can do the job, but he's sure we'll become great at it!

I can't emphasize enough how helpful John Vorhaus' approach to instruction is! Most books about writing (any medium, in any genre) come from a theoretical point of view -- the authors watched some good movies, deconstructed what works, and are happy to tell you their observations. (Which is usually most illuminating!) But Vorhaus comes from the trenches. "You've got no ideas for a sitcom story? Here's how you get some, and then here's how you flesh them out and take them all the way to finished scripts." Where other how-to books give you principals and rules, the little book of SITCOM gives you tools and exercises! (FUN exercises! The kind you can't wait to actually DO!)

I have loaned-out and worn-out several copies of Vorhaus' The Comic Toolbox: How to Be Funny Even If You're Not over the years because there is just not a better book on writing Comedy anywhere! But as brilliant and helpful as the TOOLBOX is, I was looking for more specific information about the actual JOB (the mechanics, the grind, the getting-it-done-when-you-don't-necessarily-feel-inspired-to) of writing series Comedy. That's how I found this book, and I am so very glad I did!

I have heard a truism about most creative professions: "First you go to college to learn about your craft, then you get a job and ACTUALLY learn your craft." John Vorhaus is actually teaching us our craft!

And he keeps it fun! Vorhaus is obviously still enjoying being a Comedy writer, and he reminds us often that it can be and should be FUN.

To recap:

1. This book gives us tools to pull great sitcom stories out of thin air, even when we've got nuthin' to start with.
2. This book makes writing fun.
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HASH(0x9886c714) von 5 Sternen Absolutely Kick-Ass Book. Buy it. 27. Juni 2014
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Written by an adult who cuts to the chase and teaches you the things that are ACTUALLY important. Worth about $60. In 114 short pages Vorhaus covers pithy chapters on:
Here's The Good News [you can actually do this, and actually make a career out of it, and here's why]
How To Beat Writer's Block Forever This 4-page chapter is actually worth $25 right there. Damn right yes.
Levels of Conflict
Lines of Conflict
Set Glue
Character Keys
Five Ways To Be Funny On The Page
See How They Run
The Law of Kevin (Over-owning your own material. Too hard to explain in one phrase, buy the book)
The Window Idea (see above)
Make Them Make Choices
Fifteen Steps To A Sitcom Story
Theme
The Battles and The War
Who Wins?
Happy Endings
The Pivot
The Parts of The Scene
The Attitude Map
Man Uses Tools
What Is Comedy?
Types of Sitcoms
The Rules of Your World
The Jobs of A Pilot Episode
Places of Being, Places of Doing
The Goldilocks Setting and the BFM (Big Fat Middle--tuning the jokes "just right")
Skeletons (from out of your closet)
Ten Random Things that Will Improve Your Work
Six Quick Things I Know About Writing Jokes
The Five-Minute Promise

I have seen $200 semester courses that taught less. Plus, the guy is warm, and easy to read, not stuffy like most. If you are a writer interested in being inspired as to the nuts and bolts of how to actually write sitcoms, buy this book.
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HASH(0x993d3c78) von 5 Sternen If you read this with an open mind, you can apply it to many aspects of life 30. Dezember 2011
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I just finished reading "The Little Book of SITCOM". It's very rare that I read a book as quickly or enthusiastically as I did this book. I haven't ever thought of sitcom writing as a career, and it most likely is too late. But there are nuggets in this book that apply to life. "Kill Kevin" and "Window idea" apply to any corporate ideation session. It is so much more than a book just about SITCOM writing. I'm transcribing everything I highlighted so it sticks with me.
HASH(0x988af3a8) von 5 Sternen Fantastic Book, with Super Advice! 21. Januar 2016
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John Vorhaus is a great writer, and a great teacher. I'm working toward my MFA in screenwriting, and I found this book so incredibly helpful, that I am buying more of his books!
Many books that I have read on screenwriting or TV writing are too general, giving you lofty ideals, but nothing specific you can actually apply to your own writing. In this book, he covers 15 steps toward a sitcom, developing character and conflicts among them, including 3 very specific levels of conflict that each character should have within the story, to bring your characters to life. At the end of the book, John invites the reader to connect with him on his web page, where readers can leave a message for him. His promise: he will respond, as long he doesn't have to leave his desk, and as long as it doesn't take him more than 5 minutes to respond. He means it. He replied to me in LESS THAN 2 MINUTES of leaving my message! Very impressive! Buy the book. You will love it.
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