Originally Posted by EdFury
It was a reference to the whole book. I hate that book with a fiery passion. Paint by number scripts are just that. No life. No spontaneity. Plus, no I don't think every film has to have the hero doing something nice so the audience will like him/her. If you write your characters well in a good story you don't need to shoehorn some moment in. Write a great story and you don't have to worry about what goes where.
Well said. If your story is engaging, nothing else really matters. When a story dis-engages is when confusion ensues regarding the book's usefulness.
The problem comes when you have to intellectualize a response to reading/watching something in the form of scores/coverage. If the pacing is off, you may suggest that certain beats happen sooner via StC, 3-act, 5-act, 7-act, whatever. But that's different from evaluating/writing head-on with a beat-sheet checklist.