So it's happened. I've finally been memed. And by Sheikspear no less. What's more I've finally worked out how to insert a link and it to appear the way I want. Lots to learn with the blog lark.
Well the list of useful screenwriting books isn't too hard, I hope. The tricky part will be finding other victims. Hmmmmm.
Right. I've looked along my writing shelves. I suppose I'll list the ones that I read from cover to cover when I got them. Not to many really. Most are used like reference books. I dip in and out when I need inspiration or I'm stuck on a particular issue. I've also stuck to screenwriting or TV ones.
No.1. Alternative Screenwriting by Ken Dancyger & Jeff Rush
This is top of my list in so many ways. Easy to read, inspiring when I get a block. Despite the title it isn't about breaking rules. More explaining them and showing how to twist and recombine them. Lots of examples too.
No.2. Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman
Is this absent from anyone's list? Just to remind you how nuts the industry is.
No. 3. Creating Unforgettable Characters by Linda Seger
My characters used to just free-wheel. This meant the plot got forgotten completely. This book helped me knock them into shape and to get into their head a bit better.
No.4 and 5. Screenwriting by Lew Hunter and Story by Robert McKee
The nuts and bolts. I don't follow them religiously, instead I use them as problem solvers.
Then the fun ones.
No.6. Porridge: The Scripts by Dick Clements & Ian La Frenais
No.7. Steptoe and Son by Ray Galton & Alan Simpson
No.8. BlackAdder 1485-1917 by Richard Curtis & Ben Elton
No.9 Withnail and I Screenplay by Bruce Robinson
No.10. Smoking in Bed by Bruce Robinson
So how many was I supposed to list? I'm going to stop now or I will end up logging every writing or script book I own!
So who do I meme in turn? Well I pick Jon and Paul and Colin. Unless someone beat me to it.