Words, Words, Words: Good Quotes on…Story Structure

14 May

“In the first act set forth the case. In the second, weave together the events, in such ways that until the middle of the third act one may hardly guess the outcome. Always trick expectancy.”

–Lope de Vega, 17th-century playwright

This quote is taken from an excellent post from the always-excellent blog “Observations on Film Art” from Kristin Thompson & David Bordwell. This post debunks the three-act structure as law and gives some historical context. SHOCKING REVELATION: Aristotle, often quoted by screenwriting gurus, doesn’t talk about three acts. Horace did, but he’s a bit less glamorous, right?


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