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How to Avoid Cliché Genre Story Plots with Chris Vander Kaay

Have you ever thought to yourself as you were watching a movie

“I’ve seen this somewhere before.”

Well, today’s guest Chris Vander Kaay, breaks down the formulaic and predictable glory that is Hollywood filmmaking and how to avoid it.

His new book Spoiler Alert!: The Badass Book of Movie Plots: Why We All Love Hollywood Cliches takes 38 mainstream movie genres, from ‘Teen Sex Comedy’ and ‘Buddy Action Comedy’ to ‘Film Noir Detective Thriller’ and ‘Alien Invasion Thriller’, and through detailed illustrations reveals what makes them so hilariously recognizable: the key lines of dialogue, the essential visuals, the crucial characters and the indispensable cast, scenes, and props.

So grab some popcorn and buckle up for a laugh-out-loud ride through the wonderful world of cliché!

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