"Yorke presents a nuanced analysis of story structure without giving up the magic as pure formula. He does characterize story as five acts, so this is most helpful to feature + hour long TV writers.
recommended if you like: story structure"
In the exciting and wholly original Into the Woods: A Five-Act Journey Into Story, 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. “A marvelous analysis of screenwriting and, with any luck, should help a great many people achieve their dreams.” —Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey
With examples ranging from The Godfather
to True Detective
, Mad Men
, and fairy tales to Forbrydelsen
), John 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. Chapters here include:
- Three-Act Structure
- Five-Act Structure
- The Importance of Change
- How We Tell Stories
- The Inciting Incident
- Putting It All Together
- Character and Characterization
- And much more!
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. Into the Woods
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. “Brilliant on story structure.” —Ken Follett, New York Times bestselling author