The series was recommended by the fabulous author and writing instructor, Les Edgerton. You can click over and read Les’ post on the book. Based on his post, I bought both of the first two books in the series – and I’ve no doubt I’ll end up getting number three.
I’ve taken a class in screenwriting and have read other books related to movies and writing in general, like The Writer’s Journey. What was interesting about Save the Cat! is that the author Blake Snyder is a working screenwriter. He’s been in the business for years. He not only knows what he’s talking about, he backs it up with lots of examples from movies. He doesn’t use just his movie scripts as example, but other well-known movies. Each chapter has Exercises at the end for you to do if you want. He also includes a glossary at the back of the book.
You don’t have to be a screenwriter to learn from Snyder. By breaking down a movie, he shows all writers how to better their own stories.
I opened a random page and found I had highlighted this:
The forces that are aligned against the hero, internal and external, tighten their grip. Evil is not giving up, and there is nowhere for the hero to go to get help. He is on his own and must endure. He is headed for a huge fall…That was from page 86 and it was in the section called “Bad Guys Close in (55-75) in Chapter 4: Let’s Beat It Out!
Personally, I think this book would be a good resource for any writer. And in case you’re wondering, he doesn’t just cover action or thrillers, he looks at all genres of movies. I’m looking forward to starting book number 2 in the series. Thanks Les!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~FTC Disclaimer: Save the Cat! was recommended by Les Edgerton, someone I respect and admire as a teacher and writer, but that’s not why I’m recommending it, nor did it influence my review. And I paid for the book myself. I was, however, influenced by the cute kitty on the cover, hanging onto a rope for dear life. Clearly, that symbolizes the writer, hanging onto her story by a thread and hoping someone will pull her up and teach her the kitty kung fu needed to finish the book and get it published. She’s in such danger I bought book 2 so I could see if she gets saved on that cover. I’ll tell you the outcome when I finish reading book 2. You’ll be shocked. (This, folks, is what’s called a cliffhanger.)