Friday, 8 April 2016

The Story Oversell



Story. Story, story, story. STORY.

That about encapsulates all the instruction I have received on the subject of writing narrative fiction, and in particular screenplays.

I got advice from people. Story, they said. I watched interviews of the great and good. Story. I read a text book. It was called Story.

I get it. I do. I endeavour to apply.

However.

Story doesn't explain Withnail and I, or Catch 22, or Lost in Translation. It doesn't explain why Big succeeds over 17 Again, Vice Versa or Freaky Friday so profoundly.

Flavour.

Consider another artistic perspective: Oasis made album after album of really well structured, studied, highly competent rock and roll. I’d wager they’d swap the lot for Never Mind the Bollocks.

Pushing story above all gets you so far. It gets you multiplex after multiplex of perfectly competent movies.

It does not get you great movies.

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