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101 Best Scenes Ever Written: A Romp Through Literature for Writers and Readers

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Readers will delight at the best scenes ever written. They will find old favorites and savor scenes new to them. With each scene, Barnaby Conrad provides insights as to what the author wishes to accomplish with this passage and the literary devices he or she employs. Any avid reader will enjoy Conrad’s 101 Best Scenes Ever Written, but countless fledgling and established w ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Linden Publishing
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Feb 07, 2011 Kerry rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this. It was perfect for somebody that is trying to make up for almost 2 decades of not reading much. Also, for someone that is working on their writing skills. I found myself engrossed in the synopsis's and Conrad did an excellent job of leading the reader into the scene and back out of. It read smoothly.
Matt Evans
Jan 18, 2009 Matt Evans rated it liked it
This book is exactly what it purports to be: "a romp" through literature and Hollywood, a culling from the herd of 101 of the best scenes ever written. Mr. Conrad, a best-selling author who also used to professionally wave capes at riled-up bulls (until forced by a "bad goring" to retire from the sport), makes good on his promise. Scene after scene flits by without any but the barest verbal stitching on Conrad's part. The author's picture shows Conrad scowling scholarly at the camera, standing n ...more
Andrea Blythe
Aug 29, 2011 Andrea Blythe rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Conrad selects favorite scenes from literature, theater, and film, groups them into categories, and analyzes them in order to help writers and readers understand why they are great. Its mainly presented to writers as a way to show how great scenes manage the trick of making you fall in love with a story, so that they can learn to do it themselves.

As with any list that declaims "Best" in its title, there are always scenes that are left out. However, I found the scenes selected to be worth reading
James Cardona
Mar 01, 2015 James Cardona rated it it was ok
A survey of a bunch of scenes with light commentary on why they worked. I didn't find the book entertaining or instructive and I disagreed with much of what the author presented as to why a certain scene should be written a certain way to aid in dramatic effect.

Subtitled as a romp through literature for writers and readers, however the book draws heavily from not only literature but movies and film scripts. The scenes selected seemed arbitrary and clearly were deemed the best by the author and n
Tandava Brahmachari
Jun 20, 2015 Tandava Brahmachari rated it it was ok
Shelves: writing
This one was less satisfying than his "101 Beginnings" book, and I'm getting rather tired of his approach. It feels like he can't really settle on how much he's going to give us useful commentary on the scenes, vs. tangential, name-dropping anecdotes, vs. just handing them to us. Kind of a mess, really. I didn't care for the inclusion of so many movie scenes, partly because they lose a lot when you're just reading a script or a paraphrase, and partly because the cover did promise a "romp through ...more
Cathy Hall
Aug 10, 2009 Cathy Hall rated it really liked it
I got this book for my son, who's interested in screen-writing. But then I ended up reading the whole book myself because a. writing is made up of scenes (and there were some great ones in this book) and b. I knew all the movies and books the author referenced. So, that made it all the more interesting.
Jul 29, 2008 Katie rated it liked it
Mostly familiar scenes from popular novels, plays and films, but a fun way to revisit a wide range of great writing. Also like that the chapters are delineated by genre (horror, comedy, etc.) - could be useful as a reference for inspiration in future writing.
Jul 30, 2008 Donald rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in film
Recommended to Donald by: Barnaby Conrad, the author
Having seen most of the films, it was a pleasure to revisit them. Entertaining.
Michael Wallace
Feb 08, 2012 Michael Wallace rated it liked it
Some interesting material here. I wish Conrad had spent a little more time dissecting why the scenes were so good. As an overview it is good. As a writing guide it is a little thin.
Mar 11, 2009 Sandra added it
Phenomenal book. Wish I had read it years ago.
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