4. I was hoping some of her brilliant writing vibes would rub off… . Don't let the fact that it's aimed at screenwriters push you away, authors! Save the Cat! Hardy. Elizabeth is seriously confused. It’s a romantic women’s fiction story about a woman who has the ghost of Jane Austen in her head giving her dating advice for two decades. Your Logline Template for Each Save the Cat!® Genre Jose Silerio , July 1, 2016 4 min read 15897 Our workshops are always a great place to “test the waters” of an idea to see if there really is a story lurking in the shadows awaiting to be told – and told in the best way possible. Her true character, though intelligent and, at heart, quite loving, is one of a woman with a LONG and exacting memory. Youngest sister Lydia gets an invitation to go there with a friend and her father lets her go, against Elizabeth’s advice. This is a "how to" handbook, targeting aspiring screenwriters, composed by a man who actually has some track record in writing comedy scripts for Hollywood. The formula is so precise that Snyder has it shrunk down to page numbers. 10. Here, Have a scene in your script with an ungodly amount, Save the Cat! That makes so much sense and really explains what I like to write and wh. Nothing. It was great fun to chat with you about this, and I’m very glad you enjoyed the beat sheet. It is a terrible match, but it is the only thing that can be done to save the family’s reputation. 10 COMEDY CONCEPT EXERCISES 1. Since all it says on the tin is "love" and "laughs", the genre provides large meadows for the screenwriters to frolic in. To Mrs. Bennet, it’s all about money and luxurious living. Registration confirmation will be emailed to you. Blake Snyder (1957-2009) worked as a screenwriter and producer for twenty years. Indeed, he is so smart that I will soon pick up his next book. ), begins to learn of even more horrible deeds that Wickham has attributed to Darcy. And you know what? Theme Stated: C’mon you British lit buffs—or fans of Colin Firth—say this one with me: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” (Imparted to readers with a heavy dose of irony.). Comedy, Romance, Thriller, etc. Hungry Katniss Everdeen had planned to kill a cat but saves it because her sister Prim begs her. I'm not a screenwriter, I'm a novelist, and I tell you, this book has shed some light on so many things that I was aware of, but most times fobbed off. These criticisms are not unjustified. It was taken at her house/museum in Chawton, England. While his hipper-than-thou how-to might offer a few common sense essentials, it’s hardly essential in itself. You might recognize Ben's name from Blake's congratulatory blog. Have a wonderful weekend! I was, admittedly, under the influence of Austen and her comedy of manners when I wrote my debut novel, According to Jane (Kensington Books, 2009). SAVE THE CAT has redefined how Erik Bork looks at types of movie stories, in a way that he thinks can be really helpful to writers. : The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need and its sequels have guided screenwriters, novelists, and other creative thinkers for years and continue to be bestsellers. I don’t think I’ve missed an Emma Thompson movie. If we practice really hard. The Switch – This comedy starting point has antecedents in stories like “The Prince and the Pauper” and the movie, Trading Places. Don't let the fact that it's aimed at screenwriters push you away, authors! Blake Snyder subtitled his trendy screenwriting guide, SAVE THE CAT, “The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need,” but it’s unlikely the double-entendre was intentional. This book gets poo pooed a lot in critical/literary/artistic circles for being a perfect encapsulation of everything that's wrong with Hollywood. Save the Cat!®Story Cards. Dark Night of the Soul: Elizabeth must return home, knowing that Lydia’s actions will forever tarnish the reputation of her family and that Darcy wouldn’t want anything to do with her now. Lovely Marilyn, I have always wanted someone to break down P&P for me. Stories that influenced the very worldview of that writer-to-be by stamping it with an indelible impression of skillfully paced plots, believable motivations, insightful characterizations, clever subtexts, and compelling themes. I've thought repeatedly about 1) ALL STORIES ARE ABOUT TRANSFORMATION, and 2) his advice to make characters' drives primal: rooted in survival, hunger, sex, protection of loved ones, fear of death. Grace, thank you so much! 7. That said, this is a Hater’s guide to his book, Save the Cat, in case you ever have to quote anything about it to someone who’s taking it way too seriously. Forevermore, we hold up their masterful narration as our personal standard of excellence. The promise of the premise is in full swing here with marriage proposals, sudden departures, rampant social gossip, and rakish men. Hi Marilyn. There are. What that woman can’t do… I look forward to more of your beat sheets and maybe a novel or two down the road. If your novel was a movie, the F&G section would be featured in the trailer. By Brianne Hogan. Personally I loved it and think it’s basically a perfect film. The only thing I would add is to Charlotte- in addition to finding a respectable husband when she is well “on the shelf” she also gains for herself the respectability and social status of a married woman- a condition not to be sneezed at in Regency times! Good luck with everything. I think you did a great job, Marilyn! Snyder's beloved Save the Cat! The Worksheets (Click each image to view larger version.) He goes over key plot elements every story must have to be interesting. Complete list of time travel manga. The most interesting discovery for me? She begins to investigate. Jon Lovitz plays Emperor Tod Spengo, who is the cruel, silly and over-dramatic emperor of the planet named Spengo. Jane says yes. Snyder explores some global truths of good storytelling and breaks them down in an easy to digest manner. And, yes, to what you said about Chawton Cottage!! I have yet to try the latter, but I know if I ever did that I would really appreciate having the BS2 as a structural tool. What does Snyder have on him? Sensitive,' using the tried and true STC! What if x happed to y? 15: Final Image: We have the weddings of the “two most deserving” Bennet daughters. What is wrong, this guy holds his opinion too (pardon me) damn high. I don't expect many people to agree with this, or even care enough to read this far down before getting annoyed with me or my poor grammar.. Doesn't matter if it's a comedy like "Elf" or a drama like "Pulp Fiction" you must have this moment. Great Beat Sheet. Cassie, I’m so glad you liked the beat sheet! We all have our own private shelves—literally or figuratively—that feature these memorable examples of storytelling. If your story is lacking something, there’s a good chance it’s missing one of these elements. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need. Save the Cat! How ironic, for someone to criticize Memento (which is a huge no-no) for not making a lot of money.. Then the director/writer of that movie goes on to direct billion dollar blockbusters such as Inception and the Dark Night franchises (I still think Memento and Following are better). A star pilot and his sidekick must come to the rescue of a Princess and save the galaxy from a ruthless race of beings known as Spaceballs. Please combine/fix editions of Save the Cat, Angie Thomas Invites Readers to a Carter Family Reunion with 'Concrete Rose'. While it's nice to see the business side of writing examined, it would have been better (i.e. What does this mean? Blake Snyder's Save the Cat is a classic among screenwriters, but all storytellers, including novelists, will find valuable gems of insight in it Marilyn, I’ve changed the photo caption to point out where you’re standing! Learn More>>, From the Best of Blake's Blogs: Watch Your Words. I could really believe that line about her dress being “six inches deep in mud” after her walk to Netherfield, LOL. job at trying to explain it. Many rom-coms use a set of certain tropes. Goes to the Movies Save the Cat Goes to the Indies Blakes Blogs, Save the Cat!® Live Storytelling Workshops, Save the Cat!® Online Storytelling Courses, Software Inquiries:  tech@blakesnyder.com, Workshops & Script Analysis:  cs@blakesnyder.com, I have read and agree to the terms & conditions. In fact, Duplass had quite the romantic-comedy-that-isn't-really-one kind of year in 2012, also appearing in Safety Not Guaranteed, which has romantic comedy in its DNA but also quite a … 3. But in the end of the day, this rant is nothing but a rant. Actually, he knows seven things about romantic comedies. This is definitely full of useful advice. We all know, though, that the course of true love (or carefully plotted fiction) will never run that smoothly…. On page 75, for example, you have to have an "all is lost" moment, or a "darkest just before the dawn" moment. Lady Catherine surprises Elizabeth with a visit, demanding that she stop pursuing Darcy. Thanks for the insights, Blake Snyder! Hi Marilyn. Writes a Novel Save the Cat! Nevertheless, she tells off his aunt with her best Regency-era insults, and is further stunned when Darcy himself shows up soon afterward. However, I do not think my opinion is law, cause that's all it is, opinion. Thank you very much for the excellent analysis. Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman Votes: 171,422 | Gross: $38.12M Blake Snyder made it easy to follow. I'm torn about how many stars to give this book. The one we hope to rise closer to… someday. and it was both a fun read and interesting. Really enjoyed this, Marilyn. I stumbled on this series and, though it's about screenplays, not novels, it's got some really solid story and revision advice (regardless of the cheesiness of Blake Snyder's own scripts). The Shifter, was chosen for the 2014 list of "Ten Books All Young Georgians Should Read" from the Georgia Center for the Book. It was good. After some months apart, during which he has regretted his ungentlemanly behavior and she has regretted believing Wickham’s lies, the two see each other for the first time, mutually humbled and with much clearer vision. Trade secrets are fully revealed and once you read them you can't watch a movie without seeing the formula scroll right in front of your eyes. It’s always both fun and a learning experience when author Marilyn Brant is our guest blogger: If you stroll through the childhoods and young adulthoods of future writers, you’ll always find a unique set of novels and/or films that left a particularly strong mark. Blake Snyder (October 3, 1957 – August 4, 2009) was an American screenwriter, consultant, author and educator based in Los Angeles who, through his Save the Cat trilogy of books on screenwriting and story structures, became one of the most popular writing mentors in the film industry. It makes me want to pick up a copy now and reread it! On page 75, for example, you have to have an "all is lost" moment, or a "darkest just before the dawn" moment. Whil, Wishing everyone a very happy and safe Thanksgivin, Save the Cat! It’s always both fun and a learning experience when author, Happy and healthy . Because of his earlier warnings about Wickham, she confesses to him what has happened with her youngest sister and, basically, says goodbye to him. Now that I look back on my review, I really do sound like I absolutely hate this book, but I do not. Jessica Brody’s “Save the Cat! I’m amazed. Would you change anything? Some called the book “highly imaginative.” Others called it “weirdly psychotic.” (I’m kinda biased, so I’ll let you decide. com, Get Preptober Ready with the Save the Cat! Evan Smith has written for NBC, CBS, FOX, USA, and various producers, and has worked as a programming VP responsible for developing network TV movies, specials, and series. and the author's theory of the structure of film, it goes on to provide examples of Synder's ten genres of film and their sub-genres. Check out our other novel-writing blog posts. Strikes Back Save the Cat! My year of listening to the Harry Potter series has gotten me really interested in story structure. Goes to the Movies is a sequel to Save the Cat! What does Snyder have on him? We then encounter the object of Mrs. Bennet’s interest, Mr. Charles Bingley, who is in attendance with his snobbish sister Caroline, his other snobbish sister and her husband and, most interestingly of all, his best friend. There are a few grammar and punctuation errors. Ah, Carey, thank you!! Janice Hardy is the award-winning author of the teen fantasy trilogy The Healing Wars, including The Shifter, Blue Fire, and Darkfall from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. Thanks!! Best, Tom. Evan is the author of the bestselling book WRITING TELEVISION SITCOMS, he teaches screenwriting at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, and he serves as a private script consultant for … (The Save the Cat! is certainly no different. This is a great, concise book on story structure. BJ, thank you! According to Snyder's model, they are "rites of passage" stories. 12. Th, Blake Snyder passed away 11 years ago today. Spoof of romantic comedies which focuses on a man, his crush, his parents, and her father. I think this book is "ok", hence the two star rating. My year of listening to the Harry Potter series has gotten me really interested in story structure. I talk more about how to use the Save the Cat spreadsheet for revisions here. methodology to structure and plot my stories for more than ten years and 17 novels now. Wishing you all a wonderful 2013! The writer has a passion for his craft and it is inspiring. If you're looking for some strong advice about screenwriting, especially when it comes to navigating the screenwriting industry. The book also shows you how to focus on making your story marketable to agents/publishers/producers. Nothing. He entertains even as he shares tips on structure and character and little, memorable bits such as his "Save the Cat" and "Keep the Press Out" slogans. Despite how literary convention might expect us to think that Bingley’s romance with Jane should be the primary one in the novel, it is not. And thanks again for inviting me to visit. Cpez!Txjudi!Cpuumf; GSFBLZ!GSJEBZ! This book is often hyped as the bible of screenwriting, but I would take it a step further and call it the definitive go-to for all storytelling. Debate: Others may disagree with me on this point (so feel free to counter), but I’d argue that the A Story is all about Mrs. Bennet wanting to marry off her daughters and the debate here is a series of discussions from the perspectives of multiple characters regarding the nature of courtship and marriage. Also, another way to state the theme is to call it in the words of Anna Marie Quindlen, “the search for self.”. I found The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master by Martha Alderson and Take Off Your Pants by Libbie Hawker more useful. He tragically passed away in 2009. I have a fondness for reading books about screenwriting--not because I have an ambition to be a screenwriter but because they tend to have good ideas about the mechanics of storytelling. I've thought repeatedly about 1) ALL STORIES ARE ABOUT TRANSFORMATION, and 2) his advice to make characters' drives primal: rooted in survival, hunger, sex, protection of loved ones, fear of death. This was PURE speculation from beginning to end that starts out by criticizing others for taking educational and clinical approaches to the writing process. There was a lot of youthful energy in that adaptation, and I thought the main characters seemed to be the ages they were intended to be. I'm breaking down Blake Snyder's Save the Cat story method, aka: three act structure plot beats aka: the hero's journey. If so, I’ll look for you. Some called the book “highly imaginative.” This is the comedy story where two opposites swap situations for some reason: a bet, an urgent need, or a mistake. job at trying to explain it. Finale: Wickham and Lydia visit the Bennets as a married couple. Hope you have a fabulous weekend, too! Hack advice given by a hack writer. This story is a contemporary romance about an ER doctor and a single mom who cross paths on an Internet dating site. 13. Save the Cat! Trade secrets are fully revealed and once you read them you can't watch a movie without seeing the formula scroll right in front of your eyes. The science is loosely based in theoretical physics, with quantum mechanics and wormholes as common themes. Cat Rhinehart, Writer: Brand New Old Love. Lydia lets a secret slip—Darcy was with them in London—which makes Elizabeth crazy with curiosity. They talk and are on the verge of something very courtship like when disaster strikes. Darcy. Opening Image: Mrs. Bennet, a Regency-era mother to five single daughters (Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia, in order of age), is yammering on and on to her husband about how a new eligible and wealthy bachelor just moved into the neighborhood. While this book is a clever and succinct reduction of Hollywood story structure, it is not well-served by its snarky, priggish author, who with every page radiates the very same sort of smug, too-cool attitude that the rest of the world associates with Los Angeles. Enter the even wealthier and handsomer—albeit, significantly prouder and more arrogant—Mr. and a wrong-headed approach to quality (Blank Check is not better than Memento because of a bigger opening weekend, you raging fool. principles. Nothing. Snyder fills this How To book with great information and good examples, and it is easy enough to follow, should one want to try their hand at screenwriting. His book Save the Cat! Miss Austen did not have the benefit of Blake’s beat sheet at her writing desk, like I did when I drafted my novels, but that doesn’t mean her work didn’t exemplify the same brilliant storytelling techniques Blake so clearly illuminated for us. I bought a used copy of this because I am writing my first screenplay so wanted a guide. SAVE THE CAT! Time travel is the concept of moving between different points in time, usually with an invention called a time machine. The STC! Blake Snyder was, by all accounts, a nice man. People quickly became very engrossed in this modern-day romance, especially thanks to the references to Love, Simon, a 2018 romantic comedy about a closeted gay teen trying to find out the identity of a classmate with whom he has fallen in love online. Although written for screenwriters, any kind of story writer can benefit. None of Swift's movie appearances have received top marks from critics, but her worst-reviewed film to date is "Valentine's Day," a romantic comedy that follows different couples as they get ready to … Mr. Collins proposes to Elizabeth. and it basically does "what it says on the tin" - after a short summary of the original Save the Cat! This sounds quite ironic, considering I am ranting about a screenwriting book. Just when both she and Darcy had finally escaped their pride/prejudice toward each other, they are torn apart. Take care. Thanks for the great BS2, and congratulations on writing ten novels! 2. I could see it unspool before me as I read your beat sheet, so it appears they followed the story very closely, though of course they added a scene at the end (sacrilege? How ironic, for someone to criticize Memento (which is a huge no-no) for not making a lot of money.. Then the director/writer of that movie goes on to direct billion dollar blockbusters such as Inception and the Dark Night franchises (I still think Memento and Following are better). Think of those stereotypical snake-oil salesmen, or the Gordon Gekko wanna-bes, who dress in suits and travel around the country, renting conference rooms or even small diners and trying to convince middle-aged suburbunites to join their programm on how to be succesful. Storyte, Congratulations to our Save the Cat! Wjdf!Wfstb-!Mjlf!Gbuifs!Mjlf! Tom, First of all, I adore Emma Thompson, and I loved what she did with “Sense and Sensibility.” And, yes, her GG speech, was fantastic! Jane writes a letter saying that Lydia has run away with Wickham and the two cannot be found. That means a great deal to me, especially coming from someone who knows and loves Austen as you do :). 9. Meanwhile, Bingley suddenly returns, seeks out Jane and, eventually, proposes. For instance, in a romantic comedy, this is where the two love interests clash. Not worth all the hype though. Although written for screenwriters, any kind of story writer can benefit. Once a successful romance novelist who penned love stories for Harlequin under a nom de plume, Mernit, who has […] In his 20-year career as a screenwriter and producer, Blake Snyder has sold dozens of scripts, including co-writing, “To be a screenwriter is to deal with an ongoing tug of war between breathtaking megalomania and insecurity so deep it takes years of therapy just to be able to say “I’m a writer” out loud.”, “True originality can’t begin until you know what you’re breaking away from.”. This book was recommended by my good friend and fellow author, Bonnie Paulson. Elizabeth, meanwhile, gets to take a new trip—this one with her sensible aunt and uncle from London. All Is Lost: GASP! Teri Garr plays Marge Nelson and Jeffrey Jones plays Dick Nelson, her husband. And if the writing gods smile upon us, even slightly. If you are completely new to screenwriting, then this would be a five-star book. Mr. Darcy and the Bingley sisters persuade Mr. Bingley to leave town, and Jane, in hopes of crossing paths with him again, leaves as well to stay with relatives in London. It’s a romantic women’s fiction story about a woman who has the ghost of Jane Austen in her head giving her dating advice for two decades. Would you take cooking instruction from a chef if their meals didn't please your taste buds? However, as said by a lot of people below, his criticisms of movies can get pretty awkward (like saying "screw Memento", then praising Legally Blonde), especially when he starts praising his own films which I saw a couple times on Disney Channel when I was eight. Less of a shock is that she immediately refuses him, citing his interference in her sister’s romance with Bingley and his nastiness to “poor Mr. Wickham.” Let’s just say, none of this is how Darcy imagined things would play out. One of the most creative ever… Did you see her in “Stranger Than Fiction,” by the way? That being said, though, Blake Snyder will teach you a micro-managed form of it that forces you to meet a very specific and frankly obnoxious rubric. Most of my "romance novels" aren't technically in that genre. Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need, This book is often hyped as the bible of screenwriting, but I would take it a step further and call it the definitive go-to for all storytelling. These titles either focus on the concept of time travel or include time travel, often involving a Person in a Strange World. For me, it’s a double celebration. Catalyst: Darcy scoffs at the idea of dancing with Elizabeth, no matter how fervently his good-natured buddy implores him to do so. May 25th 2005 I’ve not seen a Beat Sheet before (I know – shocking!) Save the Date is a 2012 American romantic comedy film directed by Michael Mohan. Since the Lady is Darcy aunt, it’s not so implausible that Darcy suddenly shows up there, too. I confess I haven’t read the book since high school, and also failed to see the Colin Firth version (though love him, of course), but absolutely adored Joe Wright’s film adaptation which was an interesting fusion of Austen and Bronte, making Elizabeth quite comfortable out on the moors, which is something I can’t remember about the book — her “earthiness” — and is something I suspect evolved with the filmmakers. is a great book for understanding the underlying structure that must be built in order to write a good, solid screenplay. ™ GOES TO THE MOVIES AT-A-GLANCE. Elizabeth Davis created this spreadsheet based on Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat writing craft book. This is a great, concise book on story structure. Blake Snyder is supposedly “Hollywood’s most successful spec screenwriter.” I don’t know how that works exactly, since he has exactly two IMDB credits (for Blank Check and Stop or My Mom Will Shoot), but whatever. Jane Austen told the story so well, she made it easy for me to break it down . Romantic comedy, aka "rom-com", is a genre in which the development of a romance leads to comic situations. And I’ve got my fingers crossed for Minneapolis, too. Many writers have pushed and blurred the lines of romantic comedy. BASIC LOGLINE: Any Story Concept starts with a what if Story Idea: A single line sentence stating the Hero and Conflict or the Situation and Conflict. Billy Mernit knows a thing or two about romantic comedies. Best of luck on your latest book- hope to see you in Minneapolis in September! The most interesting discovery for me? 11. :) She was kind enough to gift me with a copy, so I hunkered down and zipped through. something approaching "acceptable") to have it examined by a competent writer. It’s great to see it all laid out so well. To young silly sisters Kitty and Lydia, it’s handsome officers. 8. The formula is so precise that Snyder has it shrunk down to page numbers. 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