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Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters: Storytelling Secrets from the Greatest Mind in Western Civilization

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An insightful how-to guide for writing screenplays that uses Aristotle's great work as a guide.

Long considered the bible for storytellers, Aristotle's Poetics is a fixture of college courses on everything from fiction writing to dramatic theory. Now Michael Tierno shows how this great work can be an invaluable resource to screenwriters or anyone interested in studying plot
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 21st 2002 by Hachette Books
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Ali Arabzadeh
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
این بخشی از موخرهی همین کتاب است:
«سختترین جنبهی نوشتن این کتاب این بود که هربار دربارهی یکی از اصول فیلمنامهنویسی در بوطیقا مینوشتم، فوراً فیلمی به ذهنم خطور میکرد که آن اصل را زیرپا گذشته است... نکته دقیقاً همین جاست: فیلم عمداً از انتظارات بیننده سرپیچی میکند و با این کار به موفقیت زیادی میرسد...برای اینکه قوانین را بشکنیم باید اول آن ها را بشناسیم... در دنیا چیزی لذتبخشتر از خواندن فیلمنامهای نیست که قوانین را میشکند اما موثر واقع میشود. مقصود از مطالعهی اصول این است که شما را انعطافپذیر کند.
Pamela Perry
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a storyteller/screenwriter, I'm always looking for hints and ideas to strengthen my plot, enrich my characters, and keep the through-line filled with action.
This book really does reveal 'secrets', that once revealed made key items perfectly clear. Michael brings Aristotle's Poetics to life (at least for me).
I feel confident my stories will be elevated immensely from reading this book.
I may even forget about trying to get my script produced, and go straight to carving it on granite slabs, bury
Bahareh  Mahooti
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: screenwriting
the introduction is great. talking about "the idea-action" ... and the rest is good enough but if you are an intermediate then you will find this book a little basic. but I personally liked it.
Mostafa Azizi
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتابی کوچک و ساده با ترجمهیی بسیار روان خوب از محمد گذرآبادی موجب میشود بوطیقای ارسطو را آنقدر که برای فیلمنامهنویسی لازم است بخوانید و بهرمند شوید. ...more
Adam Johnson
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Though perhaps occasionally overselling the efficacy of Poetics with phrases like " may end up with a cinematic beauty, and maybe even an Oscar," (29) Michael Tierno still lays out Aristotle's short but dense Poetics into 35 easy lessons, encouraging his readers to engage with Aristotle, disagree with Aristotle, and see Aristotle's principles in play in critically-acclaimed films and writers from the 40s to the early 2000s (I feel a second edition is soon becoming necessary, especially wit ...more
مصطفی یاوری آیین
اگر این وقتی که گذاشتم این را خواندم، میگذاشتم و خود بوطیقا را میخواندم بهتر نبود؟
اگر به جای این متنِ میان مایه، این راهنمای فیلم نامه نویسی هالیوودی برای احمق ها، که احتمالا برای این که نویسنده اش جایی بالاتر در هالیوود پیدا کند آن را نوشته، چیز دیگری میخواندم بهتر نبود؟
اگر وقتی به فصل دوم رسیدم و شوخی های لوسش را دیدم، کتاب را لوله می کردم و توی حلق هممیزی ام که یکسره می پرسید راجع به چه موضوعی است فرو می کردم بهتر نبود؟
اگر همه ی کتاب ها را یک جا بسوزانم بهتر نیست؟


کتاب جالبی بود، از جهت بررسی "بوطیقا" (فن شعر) ارسطو و کاربردش توی فیلمنامه نویسی امروزی.
بوطیقای ارسطو، برای مدتی طولانی، یکی از مرجع های تراژدی نویسان غربی بوده و دستور العمل های کلی یک تراژدی خوب رو بیان می کرده. این کتاب توضیح می ده که هنوز هم که هنوزه، خیلی از این دستور العمل ها توی فیلم های هالیوودی رعایت می شه تا بیننده ها رو به "کاتارسیس" برسونه.

به طور کلی، کتاب خوبی بود، به شرطی که به نوشتن و چگونه نوشتن و خصوصاً به خواندن بوطیقای ارسطویی علاقه داشته باشید. برای من که هنوز موفق نشدم بوطی
Sep 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing-books
This book was recommended by an author of books on writing screenplays. It's a great book, I especially love the emphasis on beginnings, middles, and endings. Within the sections of the book are numerous selections of movies (Gladiator, Rocky, American Beauty, Rosemary's Baby, Terminator, and more) that exemplify the discussions within the text. I have highlighted this book throughout, an example, "A good movie reveals poignant truths of the human experience in either a small or big way, dependi ...more
Hossein  Golzar
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روایت
مجموعۀ حرف های این کتاب حول پیرنگ ، طراحی درست اون و اهمیتش و نمودش در فیلم میگرده که در ادبیاتِ کتاب، اسم هسته مرکزی پیرنگ رو «کنش ایده اصلی» میذاره.
.این کتاب رساله بوطیقای ارسطو رو بند بند به زبان ساده و متناسب با فیلمنامه بازخوانی کرده. اما به کار آفرینش هر عمل روایی دیگه هم میاد
متن بوطیقا که در ابتدای هر بخش چاپ شده زیاد پیچیده نیست اما بعد از خوندن تفسیر کتاب از کارکرد دراماتیک متن و چرایی و چگونگی اون ناظر به حرف ارسطو نکات جالبی رو به دست میده. خصوصا اون بخش هایی که علت «کارکردن» درام ر
Jul 31, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: screenwriters maybe
This is an interesting read for screenwriters, I think. It's not very practical but if you've read syd field and robert mcKee type stuff and you have an interest in classical plays, you might find this interesting. I think reading this book can give you a good perspective on modern advice for screenwriters and could possibly help you filter out some of the b.s. to find the more essential and useful qualities of the three act story structure modern screenwriting paradigm. But most of this work wi ...more
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: film-books
Great book, was recommended reading for my Storytelling Strategies class at NYU. I don't plan to go into screenwriting, but this is still a good book if you want to understand what makes a film or story work. There's a couple cheesy jokes/puns thrown in there, but whatever. The films that are used as examples are good too. There's a lot of repetition, but that's my only complaint. Decided to keep it after the class was done, will probably be useful in the future.
Eric Bove
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Aristotle laid the foundation for everything that writers now view as conventional storytelling techniques. The only problem is the original "Poetics" is a tough read, as stated by author Michael Tierno. What Tierno has done is take the major points emphasized by Aristotle and applied them to screenwriting with examples of films ranging from The Godfather to Rocky. This is a wonderful tool for a screenwriter, no matter where they are in their career.
Feb 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazing preface to read Arstotle's Poetics and understanding how the scripts and stories work .
Maybe just because I've been reading craft books on plot non-stop, but this one didn't feel like it was adding much to the literature... But hey, comprehensive discussion of Aristotle is a plus, yeah? So just an average 3 stars.
Robert  M Gallagher
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
The Aristotle refresher and applications were great, but I didn't find the text incredibly useful, having read other script books, and the author's writing style, particularly his conclusions to each chapter, were hokey.
Really 4.5 stars.

This was amazing! If you're looking for inspiration and how to get more, well, anything or everything into your writing, this book is perfect. Aaron Sorkin recommends Aristotle's Poetics, and instead of trying to struggle through the original text, try this instead. Tierno tells you what Aristotle really meant with his word choices and rules. He also gives you clear and concise examples.

My biggest "problem" with it was that it wasn't long enough. I felt it could've delved deepe
Michael Paone
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic distillation the Poetics for drama & screenwriting. So many helpful tips in here. How did I miss reading the Poetics in college!? Thanks, Tierno.
Eric Nelson
Sep 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Great little book that not only helps in writing and film analysis, but thanks to Dan Miller's musings in A Million Miles and/or Stranger Than Fiction, it's got great advice for life--because "the elements that make up a good story, make up a good life."[return][return]This is not a book for someone who just wants to write a successful screenplay. If you're simply interested in advice on screenwriting, there are books like Screenwriting for Dummies and such that will teach you the craft in a muc ...more
Erika Birdsley
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My first screenwriting book.

It actually talks about three act structure as it relates to screenplays. Whodathunkit?

I got this book AFTER I tried getting about halfway through Aristotle's Poetics, when I (happily) realized that I was reading the wrong book.

I say happily, because at halfway through Aristotle's Poetics, anyone would begin to wonder if they were actually trying to read something written in Greek, not English, trying to glean what in the sam *&%$# three act structure was, Greek-
Leslie Khouri
Apr 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book gives the step by step process for creating a successful plot structure. It uses quotes from Aristotle's ideas and then goes into deeper explanation fully breaking down the theories. This book used relatable examples, using movies that most people have seen, that helped me visualize the concepts the book was trying to teach. I really enjoyed reading this and I can definitely say I took a lot away from it. This book gives prospective writers the tools they need to create a successful an ...more
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: craft-books
I now see why this book is so acclaimed as a resource to screenwriters (and writers in general). The only downside is that the chapter endings are kind of ridiculous and corny, but it's a small complaint for an otherwise useful read. Packed with useful information, presented clearly and with impressive insight, it's a great resource for anyone interested in writing, movie-making, and drama.
Jul 26, 2011 added it
Great book. Chock full of useful info. Read it, then turned around and read it again, making notes on it the whole way thru. One of the most valuable books I've read on the subject, and I've read a bunch of them. Get it now.
Darby Riales
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is very helpful. However, I feel like Tierno was trying a bit too hard to make the information seem "modern" or "hip".

This book will definitely stay in my library. I am a screenwriter and often refer back to this book when I'm stuck or confused about something.
Marcus J.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic, read it twice. Solid analysis, simple chapters which are solid and straightforward. This can be very helpful for screenwriting, fiction, playwriting and even songwriting.
Aug 24, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008
Rife with irritating typographical errors and asinine encouragement, but an interesting breakdown of the Poetics. It also lacks a full text of Aristotle's text, which was a little shocking.
Mar 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
I should probably give this back to Mike at some point.
Catherine Theis
As a result of this book, I re-watched a lot of good movies. And I watched "Slackers", which for some reason, I had never seen. Ending of Slackers is fantastic.
Tia Shamoon
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