With examples ranging from The Godfather to True Detective, Mad Men to Macbeth, and fairy tales to Forbrydelsen (The Killing), 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 Into the Woods: A Five-Act Journey Into Story 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.
All script writers will want to read it.--Caitlin Moran, bestselling author of How to Be a Woman Into the Woods by John Yorke is brilliant on story structure.--Ken Follett, bestselling author of Pillars of the Earth There is no end of books that instruct us on how to write the perfect screenplay, but few that delve more deeply into the art of storytelling than this erudite volume. Of all the books I've read about story construction and the art of fiction, this one is the most comprehensive and concise.--John Colle, Writer of Master and Commander, Happy Feet, Creation, Walking with Dinosaurs Excellent--Peter Straughan, writer of Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, Wolf Hall, Frank Yorke's book, in telling scores of stories in such a fresh, enlightening and accessible manner, is a gripping read from beginning to end. Terrifyingly Clever... Packed with intelligent argument. Terrific...It's a great read, wise and cogent, and a must for all screenwriters--David Eldrige, writer Festen, In Basildon It's a great read. It makes me smile and say 'Yes!' aloud. Only this and PG Wodehouse do that.--Lucy Gannon, writer/creator Soldier Soldier, Peak Practice, Frankie, The Best Of Men A mind-blower ... an incredibly dense but very readable tome about the art of storytelling ... Really worth a read Highly recommended reading One of the most interesting books on screenwriting does not emerge from another Los Angeles screenwriting guru but rather from a London film director, not from another Los Angeles publisher of screenwriting books but a New York publisher called The Overlook Press... Yorke brings forth a tremendous amount of supporting evidence in one of the more erudite books ever written on screenwriting A fine book--Mark Lawson, The Tablet A comprehensive breakdown of the mysteries and function of drama, and a must-read--Alec Worley, Author of 2000 AD Part 'how-to' manual, part 'why-to' celebration, Into the Woods is a wide-reaching and infectiously passionate exploration of storytelling in all its guises . . . exciting and thought-provoking.--Emma Frost, screenwriter, The White Queen and Shameless I absolutely love this book. It's incredible and so well written. I keep trying to find fault but so far no joy - It's so good--Matt Charman, writer Bridge of Spies; Black Work Its strength is Yorke's acute perception of the wellsprings of universal narrative structures relevant to all artistic activities A mightily impressive opus, both hugely informative and highly educational. I love the way it's populated with so many examples - the many combinations of both mass market and the slightly more esoteric giving a something-for-everyone feeling. A brilliant work--Peter James, author of the Roy Grace series A profound and unconventional look at the art of storytelling... Yorke is smart. This isn't a how-to book... It's kind of liberating: we can delve into why good stories are so compelling without feeling we need to suddenly start obeying rules numbered one through ten. Whatever aspect of story he confronts, he does so with humor and flexibility." Probably, in the hackneyed phrase, "the last book on screenwriting you'll ever need." He is very good at debunking the claims of some screenwriting gurus, all of whom are busy trying to sell you their own particular brand of snake oil. It's truly excellent. Outrageously good and by far and away the best book of its kind I've ever read. I recognized so much truth in it. But more than that, I learned a great deal. Time and again, Yorke articulates things I've always felt but have never been able to describe . . . This is a love story to story--erudite, witty and full of practical magic. I struggle to think of the writer who wouldn't benefit from reading it--even if they don't notice because they're too busy enjoying every page.--Neil Cross, creator/writer, Luther and Crossbones Another book on screenwriting! Oh, how I wanted to hate it! I didn't. I loved it. Much of it was fresh to me. And always interesting, always intelligent and, for a writer, always rewarding'--Jimmy McGovern, creator/writer of Cracker; The Street; The Accused In an industry full of so called script gurus and snake oil salesmen, at last there's a book about story that treats writers like grown ups. This isn't about providing us with an ABC of story or telling us how to write a script by numbers. It's an intelligent evaluation into the very nature of storytelling and is the best book on the subject I've read. Quite brilliant--Tony Jordan, creator/writer of Life on Mars Books on story structure are ten a penny but Yorke's is the real deal--Kathryn Flett This is the ancient template for storytelling, and this, the best book on the subject...Yorke's analysis is superb. Love storytelling? You need this inspiring book. John Yorke dissects the structure of stories with a joyous enthusiasm allied to precise, encyclopedic knowledge. Guaranteed to send you back to your writing desk with newfound excitement and drive.--Chris Chibnall, Creator of Broadchurch