Review: Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need

Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although I don’t aspire to be a screenwriter, I found that this book offered great insights into storytelling in general. There’s much here that I think could be applied to the writing of a novel, or even a short story. I was particularly interested in finding out more about the story “beats” Snyder is known for, and the explanations were very revealing.

The style is conversational and casual, but there’s a lot of information contained within. The author uses many examples from well-known movies to illustrate his points (which made me want to go and watch the movies, in many cases!).

As a writer, I think it’s always good to find new ways of thinking about stories and storytelling, and understanding what we’re trying to do when we tell a story. This book has certainly made me think about storytelling from a different and valuable perspective. Highly recommended for writers of all stripes.

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