The Art Of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives by Lajos Egri
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Egri has good ideas, but he spends too much time making arguments. The points are too basic and simple to require extensive arguments, and the logic is often weak or flawed, drawing on similarities in nature or examples. The book could have been a third of its size without loosing anything.
I don't mind him quoting plays. They're out of date now, but he cannot be blamed for that, and it is still possible to see his intent in the scenes he includes. What I didn't like were mock conversations with "YOU" that he writes out in script format, because the character of "YOU" comes off as a simpleton.
In summary, it's worth skimming and evaluating.
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Writer of speculative fiction. Current work in progress is an untitled dark fantasy novella.