Saturday, December 22, 2007

Dept. of Unfortunate Subtitles

Save The Cat!, subtitled "The Last Book On Screenwriting That You'll Ever Need!" ...

... now has a sequel!

(But both books -- Save the Cat! and Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies -- are excellent. More info at author Blake Snyder's website)

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site


At December 22, 2007 2:36 PM , Blogger Nicholas Collins said...

For those of us who aspire to writing for print as opposed to screen, do you think there are things in these books that are useful, or are they best for people who want to write for visual media?

At December 22, 2007 3:10 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

The books are focussed on structuring a plot. The first one gives Blake Snyder's skeleton of how an effective plot should be structured, and it's a very interesting anaylsis.

The second one simply takes 50 well-known films and breaks them down to show how the plots were structured (not surprisingly, fitting them precisely to Snyder's template).

I think a lot of the advice is applicable to plotting for any medium; I'm only peripherally interested in screenplays myself these days, but am finding the books interesting and useful in my role as a novelist.

At December 22, 2007 7:55 PM , Blogger Dwight Williams said...

Useful for the comic book scripting trade as well, perhaps?


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