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am 7. Januar 2013
This book is by no means perfect - but its still one of the best (maybe THE best) about the topic of "story".

1) The book starts with pages and pages of facts and theory that are quite obvious. You read page after page and say "Yes, he's right, that's true", and it is, but its meaningless. Even if this is the first time in your life you think about "story". But if you continue reading, the pages start bearing more significance. Would have been better with just 200 pages instead of 400.

2) Although the book has the word "structure" in its title, the books own structure is horrible, if not completely absent. If you really want to "work" with the book, its probably a good idea to write down the essence of the book in short notes and give them your own structure afterwards.

3) McKee is very dogmatic. Obviously he has an incredible (philosophical) knowledge about the topic. Enough to make him a story guru in my opinion. But dogmatic statements are never a good idea. And with some statements I think, he's wrong. But honestly that doesn't really matter, because ...

1) ... Even if McKee might be wrong with some of his claims (in my opinion), the great achievement is, that without McKee pointing out some aspects, I had never given them a single thought. So no matter if you share all of his opinions or not - while reading his book, you start to think about "story" in a new and different way. That's brilliant. And even if you contradict - you almost certainly learned something new and valuable. But the point is: don't just shovel the pages into your brain like a bowl of Kellogg's Frosties. Think, criticize and question everything. Make your own mind! This book teaches you how to walk and stand on your own two feet. But like any good father who teaches you to follow into his footsteps, in order to become a real successor, first the father has to die.

2) McKee covers every aspect of "story" there is. If you re-structure the book a bit, it will you provide you with an in-depth "how-to" instruction. And its a great tool to analyze your or other stories.

3) The book is mainly about blockbusters. Big Hollywood movies. Its not about "how stories work" but about "how Hollywood movies work". At first this might look like a flaw. Especially if you're bored of the Hollywood story telling style. But actually its not a flaw but a very good thing: You learn how and why these blockbusters work and you learn why and when they bore you. I you want to write an intelligent, individual avantgarde story there is no "how to" instruction anyway (or it would be pointless). You have to do this by yourself. But you have to know and understand the conventions of your craft first. Its like painting. You have to learn to paint photo-realistic before you can successfully do abstract art (have a look at Picasso and van Gogh and their early work). Which means: If you do not want to write a Hollywood blockbuster - read this book and learn what you have to avoid (or to include).
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am 6. Mai 2002
Ich kann nur sagen: McKee hat mit seinem Buch die Wissenschaft des Geschichtenerzählens erklärt. Wenn man "Story" Kapitel für Kapitel liest, stellt man fest, dass man eine Geschichte bzw. ein Drehbuch, an welchem man arbeitet, um sovieles verbesseren und erweiteren kann. McKee setzt dabei nicht auf abstrakte Anweisungen wie "Motivation ist das wichtigste für eine gute Figur" oder "Suchen Sie nach Konflikten", sondern gibt praktische Tipps und anwendbare Hinweise, die er anhand zahlreicher Filmbeispiele erläutert, so dass man sie auch wirklich direkt versteht und umsetzen kann.
McKee hat mir gezeigt, wie man eine Geschichte nicht nur konstruiert, sondern auch mit Leben und Dramatik füllt, so dass sie wirklich funktioniert, und seinen wichtigsten Test besteht(der wird hier aber nicht verraten).
Neben Christopher Voglers "Odyssee eines Drehbuchschreibers" (The Writer's Journey) ist "Story" meine zweite Bibel, was das Drehbuchschreiben angeht.
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am 4. April 2014
Wer sich für Storytelling in Filmen interessiert und mehr darüber wissen möchte, wie Drehbücher funktionieren, der wird um Robert McKee nur schwerlich herumkommen.

Mit seinem Buch Story bricht McKee das Storytelling auf seine einzelteile herunter und beschreibt gut verständlich wie aus deren Zusammenspiel starke Drehbücher werden die das Publikum begeistern. Sehr zu empfehlen!
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am 16. Juli 2000
Whether you're writing a screenplay, a children's story, or a literary work of art, the lessons in this book challenge you, as a writer, to push the limits. This book doesn't necessarily give you ideas, but assists you in determining how best to execute them. Story is a thick book and takes some time to get through, but well worth it!
Story has been an invaluable reference to me, because it identifies the more elusive components that distinguish quality stories from ho-hum. I've only had this book a year and already have a few frayed pages from continual use.
For me, this book makes me think bigger, and drives me to reach for extraordinary ideas that work! Well worth the hardcover price, since you'll be using it for a long time. My work continues to improve as a result of reading this book and regularly using it as a resource.
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am 17. April 2013
Bin mit dem Buch noch nicht ganz durch (ungefähr die Hälfte), aber ich kann schon mal sagen, dass ich es wirklich interessant und lehrreich finde. Ich habe es mir absichtlich in Englisch gekauft, weil ich ein englisches Drehbuch schreiben möchte und einfach wissen wollte, welche Begriffe in der Filmsprache verwendet werden usw.
Und ich wurde nicht enttäuscht!
Robert McKee erklärt in einfachen, aber direkten Worten, auf welche (vielen) Dinge man achten muss, um ein gutes Drehbuch zu schreiben.
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am 16. April 2014
It's quite technical in its way, occasionally polemical, and the structure is not that clear. It also omits certain approaches you might read elsewhere. Yet this is the most comprehensive how-to book I know for constructing stories, that is for composing step outlines. From story arc to beat, the book tackles the broad overview right down to the smaller units of plot. It is downright de-mystifying in its usefulness for anyone creating stories, be it for page, stage, or screen. Highly recommended.
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am 1. Februar 2000
STORY, while ultimately a screenwriting guide, focuses enough on building a compelling character-driven tale that I recommend it to anyone out there who is writing fiction as well, especially novels. Much of the book will startle you with its clarity and insight. Take for example the importance of the Inciting Incident, that moment in the story where the protagonist is thrown into action. While not necessarily a new idea, McKee's presentation and discussion of this and other story components is impressive. Although the book does at times dip into detail on structure that becomes overwhelming, it's a nice tool to add to the library. Like any good "how-to" book it's best when savored for its resonating nuggets and used as a jumping-off point for finding your own way.
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am 13. Januar 2016
This audio book has helped me a lot! It's a great way to remind you of important story rules before sleeping (when all great ideas come to you anyway). I own the book as well, and I noticed that in the audio book Robert McKee doesn't read the book word to word. In the audio book he is getting to the point of things faster. I wish amazon sold his flash stick: same audio content although in the form of a flash stick. CDs are becoming an uncomfortable way to do things nowadays believe it or not. I am happy overall though :)
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am 10. Dezember 1997
Unlike many "screenwriting consultants" currently marketing their snake oil to the masses, McKee offers no simple solutions or ten quick steps to success. He knows there aren't any.
Instead, he discusses exactly what his title implies: Story. There are meaty, richly detailed insights into everything from why stories are important to civilizations, to insightful chapters on story structure -- beat by beat, scene by scene, and act by act. No formulas. No gimmicks. Just a solid foundation for a lot of hard work.

Taking a no-nonsense approach that reads like a breath of fresh air, McKee patiently lays out what it takes to make a good story. Just as important, he explains what a "good story" really means. Numerous examples from films past and present are used in an illuminating and thought-provoking manner.

Don't look for spicy but empty chapters entitled "How to Get an Agent" or "How to Sell Your Script" here -- this is the real meat and potatoes, the essence of good screenwriting conveyed in a way that you can return to again and again, picking up something new each time.

Finally, someone decided we all needed to worry a little less about how to sell a screenplay. Instead, we should learn what it takes to make a screenplay worth selling -- and watching. "Story" is a landmark work that instantly catapults itself to the front and center of a flashy but often unfulfilling genre. Thoughtful, well-written and solidly structured, it deserves to be the new standard screenplay "how to" text for years to come.
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am 29. Februar 2000
Robert McKee's Story is a must-have book for the aspiring screenwriter. He breaks down every theoretical element to a story (from exposition and inciting incident all the way to scene design and the principle of antagonism). The book itself is neatly organized into four parts: The Writer and the Art of Story, The Elements of Story, The Principles of Story Design, and The Writer at Work. The only fault I find with McKee's book, and this is just my own personal taste, is that it is oriented towards writing classical Hollywood films. He doesn't leave much room for the deviations created by such masters as Jean-Luc Godard. Since that is where my primary interests lie the book didn't influence me as much as others. But one must understand the concepts he is teaching in order to deviate from them. So I encourage all aspiring writers to have at least read this book (it'll help you more than Syd Field ever will).
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