Into the Woods is a revelation of the fundamental structure and meaning of all stories, from the man responsible for more hours of drama on British television than anyone else, John Yorke. This book will help you identify your story’s important message and how to make your tale stand out from the crowd. It contains practical advice on how to tell a story visually and compellingly through video, but also explores important thematic questions, including What makes a great story ? How do you create compelling characters? Where do you find inspiration?
Some of the world’s most popular stories have been told and retold for hundreds of years, in every culture and language. The trick seems to be that they allow us to experience a different version of reality while remaining true to the fundamental structures of our own lives. Into the Woods will help you understand how story works and why it has become such a powerful cultural force.
As the man responsible for writing more hours of drama on British television than anyone else, John Yorke has profoundly influenced story-telling and storytelling. In this brilliant and groundbreaking book, he explains how all stories are built from six essential elements. Drawing on everything from folk tales to classic Hollywood movies, he shows you the plot devices with which to explore the themes that fascinate everyone: love and friendship, loss and death, fear and violence – and reveals how to structure your own story so that it not only keeps readers gripped until the end but makes them come back time after time to experience new delights.
About Into the Woods Book
Into The Woods is a revelation of the fundamental structure and meaning of all stories from the man responsible for more hours of drama on British television than anyone else, John Yorke.
We all love stories. Many of us love to tell them and even dream of making a living. But what is a story? Hundreds of books about screenwriting and storytelling have been written, but none of them ask ‘Why?’ Why do we tell stories? And why do all stories function in an eerily similar way?
John Yorke has been telling stories almost his entire adult life, and the more he has done it, the more he has asked himself why? Every great thinker or writer has their theories: Aristotle, David Hare, Lajos Egri, Robert McKee, Gustav Freytag, David Mamet, Christopher Booker, Charlie Kaufman, William Goldman, and Aaron Sorkin – all have offered insightful and illuminating answers. John Yorke draws on these figures and more as he takes us on a historical, philosophical, scientific, and psychological journey to the heart of all storytelling.
He reveals that there truly is a unifying shape to the narrative – one that echoes the great fairytale journey into the woods and one that, like any great art, comes from deep within. Much more than a ‘how to write’ book, Into the Woods explores this fundamental structure underneath all narrative forms, from film and television to theatre and novel writing. With astonishing detail and wisdom, John Yorke explains to us a phenomenon that, whether it is as a simple fable or a big-budget 3D blockbuster, most of us experience almost every day of our lives.