William Goldman's follow up to Adventures in the Screen Trade is a guide to the nuts and bolts of film making that can be found behind the glitzy facade of contemporary Hollywood.William Goldman's follow up to Adventures in the Screen Trade is a guide to the nuts and bolts of film making that can be found behind the glitzy facade of contemporary Hollywood.Read Less
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This book is a must read for anyone interested in writing for the screen - or, for anyone interested in movies - or for anyone who just wants to be flat out entertained. Here's a tip: Read "Adventures in the Screen Trade" first. Both fabulous.
Feb 2, 2009
A fun to read writing book
Which Lie Did I Tell? is one of those rare beasts, a writing book that's a genuine pleasure to read. (On Writing by Stephen King is another one.) Goldman has a wonderful conversational style of writing, so that you feel like his friend as he relates his stories about working in Hollywood.
Goldman's writing credits are impressive. He's probably most famous for writing Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, but he's written a host of other movies including both the novel and the screenplay for one of my all time favorite movies, The Princess Bridge.
In the book he details his experiences in writing various screenplays, the stumbling blocks he encountered and how he managed to get around them. There are writing tips throughout, but I liked the fact that at no point did Goldman feel compelled to try and distill movie-writing into some magic formula.
Perhaps most helpful for aspiring writers is the final section of the book in which Goldman presents an original screenplay he has written, then invites several screenwriters to rip it to shreds.
As the title would suggest, this is technically a sequel to Goldman's first screenwriting book Adventures in the Screen Trade. One need not reach the first book before its sequel, but its probably worth checking out if its anywhere near as good as Which Lie Did I Tell?
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