Hi, I have another book review today: The Eight Characters of Comedy.
Now, this book. The thing is, I think even though it’s geared towards acting, there’s a lot in here for writers. It is a guide to sitcom acting and writing. And that tells you how important it is to when you’re writing screenplays to think about the characters.
Now, some people look at this and say, “Well, that’s just so formulaic.” Well, yes it is. It’s a formula and it works. And that’s the point. And so much of what’s done on television and in movies is done according to a formula. So if you can’t deal with that, you probably shouldn’t be writing for television or movies. And that’s really kind of what it comes down to. I mean, if you expect to make any money at it, let’s put it that way, because you could make an arty film, but that won’t necessarily make you a lot of money. It might achieve something else for you. But this is about stock characters in the usual type of sitcom. And I would suggest to anybody who’s interested in this area, watch sitcoms and look for these character types while you’re reading this book, because it will help you understand how to write them a lot better. And that’s it. That’s all I have for now.
So I’ll talk to you later!
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