Megan Harlan
April 10, 1998 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Screenwriting Life: The Dream, the Job, and the Reality

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Rich Whiteside
genre
Movies

We gave it a B

By interviewing a diverse cross section of Hollywood screenwriters and producers — from Jurassic Park scripter David Koepp to TV writer-producer Stephen J. Cannell — Whiteside has compiled a helpful, albeit harrowing insider’s view of the biz in The Screenwriting Life: The Dream, the Job, and the Reality. Beyond a pep-talky foreword by UCLA film-studies chair Lew Hunter, the interviewees pull no punches — whether about the screenwriting dream (big, monster bucks), the job (”constant rewriting and rewriting and rewriting”), or the oftentimes bitter reality (”There’s almost no correlation between quality and success”). Aspiring Joe Eszterhases will find out just how mettle testing screenwriting is. B

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