His book Save the Cat! 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. To Jane, it’s love and kindness. He growls that she’s “tolerable” but not handsome enough to tempt him. 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. After being raised Southern-Baptist in Atlanta, Georgia, Cat took off to NYC where she studied film production at Brooklyn College. And it’s a happily ever after ending for those characters who have earned it. Everybody has their own process and there is never just one right way to plot a story, but this made me realize how much easier life would be if I followed a few hard plotting rules. Whil, Wishing everyone a very happy and safe Thanksgivin, Save the Cat! Marilyn, I’ve changed the photo caption to point out where you’re standing! Jessica Brody’s “Save the Cat! Lady Catherine surprises Elizabeth with a visit, demanding that she stop pursuing Darcy. 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. And Darcy, who spoke in haste and out of irritation at being in unfamiliar circumstances alongside people with whom he didn’t share many interests, would live to regret his uncharitable words. Nothing. This is a great, concise book on story structure. Save the Cat! This sounds quite ironic, considering I am ranting about a screenwriting book. As for the Joe Wright version of P&P, there was so much I enjoyed about the production (not the least of which was Matthew Macfadyen’s intense portrayal of Darcy :-). Many writers have pushed and blurred the lines of romantic comedy. I'm breaking down Blake Snyder's Save the Cat story method, aka: three act structure plot beats aka: the hero's journey. Also, another way to state the theme is to call it in the words of Anna Marie Quindlen, “the search for self.”. Why is knowing which genre your story falls into so vital? Chapter/Scene Beat Sheet!) Wishing you all a wonderful 2013! BJ, thank you! This has changed how I look at compelling characters. 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. 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.”. Hope you have a fabulous weekend, too! Snyder's beloved Save the Cat! I’ve been using the Save the Cat! 10. 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). 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! 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 … and the romantic comedy, "Brand New Old Love" starring Arturo Castro and Aya Cash. Elizabeth requires something more in a spouse—intellectual respect—while Bingley and Darcy debate the qualities they admire: pleasant manners and attractiveness (Bingley) versus being clever and accomplished (Darcy). That makes so much sense and really explains what I like to write and what my readers have time and time again said they enjoy about my stories. 13. What is wrong, this guy holds his opinion too (pardon me) damn high. 7. Save the Cat! The promise of the premise is in full swing here with marriage proposals, sudden departures, rampant social gossip, and rakish men. If your story is lacking something, there’s a good chance it’s missing one of these elements. He tragically passed away in 2009. ™ GOES TO THE MOVIES AT-A-GLANCE. companion course. 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. Jane Austen told the story so well, she made it easy for me to break it down . Elizabeth has learned that HE was the one who found Lydia and paid Wickham off to marry her. Would you take cooking instruction from a chef if their meals didn't please your taste buds? Lydia lets a secret slip—Darcy was with them in London—which makes Elizabeth crazy with curiosity. ), Now, four years later, I’m celebrating the release of my seventh novel, Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match, which is the first book since my debut to give such an obvious nod to my literary idol. ), begins to learn of even more horrible deeds that Wickham has attributed to Darcy. 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. The Worksheets (Click each image to view larger version.) I think it has some really helpful strategies on how to block down a script structure (not to the bs structure) and really simplifies a lot of the confusion in Hollywood. 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. Since all it says on the tin is "love" and "laughs", the genre provides large meadows for the screenwriters to frolic in. Nevertheless, she tells off his aunt with her best Regency-era insults, and is further stunned when Darcy himself shows up soon afterward. Ben developed and sold (for six figures) his comedy, 'Dr. Strikes Back is one of the best book, Login to add posts to your read later list. Nothing. Save the Cat! Indeed, he is so smart that I will soon pick up his next book. and it was both a fun read and interesting. This story is a contemporary romance about an ER doctor and a single mom who cross paths on an Internet dating site. Those seven things being the essential plot beats of what makes a solid romantic comedy. * Memento is in ABSOLUTELY NO WAY the lesser film. Elizabeth is wiser now and distances herself from Wickham and his Darcy-bashing speeches. Please combine/fix editions of Save the Cat, Angie Thomas Invites Readers to a Carter Family Reunion with 'Concrete Rose'. What that woman can’t do… I look forward to more of your beat sheets and maybe a novel or two down the road. And for the Bennets’ relative, Mr. Collins, it’s finding a woman his patron, Lady Catherine (Darcy’s rich and obnoxious aunt, no less! Finale: Wickham and Lydia visit the Bennets as a married couple. 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.. This is definitely full of useful advice. Those are excellent additions to Charlotte’s motivations. It’s always both fun and a learning experience when author, Happy and healthy . Since the Lady is Darcy aunt, it’s not so implausible that Darcy suddenly shows up there, too. The movie world is a crazy and unpredictable world, and this book does an o.k. Th, Blake Snyder passed away 11 years ago today. Way to go, and If so, I’ll look for you. I like the friendly and positive tone of the book as well as the fact it is written by someone who has successfully sold seven and six figure scripts over a career as a screenwriter. However, as said by a lot of people bel. I’m amazed. 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. Blake Snyder (1957-2009) worked as a screenwriter and producer for twenty years. I don’t think I’ve missed an Emma Thompson movie. Time travel is the concept of moving between different points in time, usually with an invention called a time machine. Meanwhile, Bingley suddenly returns, seeks out Jane and, eventually, proposes. This book was recommended by my good friend and fellow author, Bonnie Paulson. Otherwise, I'll give it four because it's easy to understand and allows you to start breaking down the movies you watch quite easily. 2. On page 75, for example, you have to have an "all is lost" moment, or a "darkest just before the dawn" moment. Don't let the fact that it's aimed at screenwriters push you away, authors! Some people who can't really should teach. His beat sheet is great for organizing a story during drafting or revisions, and this spreadsheet makes the process easier. Thanks so much, Jakki!! For me, it’s a double celebration. And, for everyone, what are some of the books or films from your youth that most influenced your writing? Elizabeth, meanwhile, gets to take a new trip—this one with her sensible aunt and uncle from London. Put them to use as you, This witchy and wonderful tale is conjured back up, After a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, pa, YouTube chat with @jessicabrody and @nanowrimo exe, Is there a more epic struggle than that between a, “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Socie, Over 1,000 reviews!!! 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. Forevermore, we hold up their masterful narration as our personal standard of excellence. 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. Save the Cat: The Last Book on Writing Painfully Banal PG-13 Hollywood Comedies You’ll Ever Need. But in the end of the day, this rant is nothing but a rant. It makes me want to pick up a copy now and reread it! What does Snyder have on him? More sublimity. Welcome back. You might recognize Ben's name from Blake's congratulatory blog. Snyder explores some global truths of good storytelling and breaks them down in an easy to digest manner. If your only two credits for screenwriting are "Blank Check" and the so-bad-Sylvester-Stallone-apologized-for-his-role-in-its-creation "Stop Or My Mother Will Shoot", you have no place writing a book on the subject. Even the non-creative side is uninspired rehashes of common sense advice (F, Hack advice given by a hack writer. Most of my "romance novels" aren't technically in that genre. 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. This is a must read for anyone who wants to learn a structure for writing scripts that sell in Hollywood. and it basically does "what it says on the tin" - after a short summary of the original Save the Cat! Ah, Carey, thank you!! Once a successful romance novelist who penned love stories for Harlequin under a nom de plume, Mernit, who has […] 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 … 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! 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. We’d love your help. Now that I look back on my review, I really do sound like I absolutely hate this book, but I do not. Are you coming to the STC event in Burbank on 01.26.13? This book was recommended by my good friend and fellow author, Bonnie Paulson. 8. Of course, it’s hard to imagine why a writer of any worth would ever really. Thanks!! And thanks again for inviting me to visit. And I’ve got my fingers crossed for Minneapolis, too. Anyway, thanks for your wonderful comments! 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.). Because of his earlier warnings about Wickham, she confesses to him what has happened with her youngest sister and, basically, says goodbye to him. Joe, I’m so glad you liked my analysis of the book — thank you! According to Snyder's model, they are "rites of passage" stories. Do. It’s always a pleasure to be here ;). job at trying to explain it. 4. is a great book for understanding the underlying structure that must be built in order to write a good, solid screenplay. Screenwriter Ben Frahm offers his take on the indie hit '(500) Days of Summer.' Mom and Dad Save the World is a 1992 American black sci-fi comedy film directed by Greg Beeman. Love the picture – Chawton Cottage is such a joy to visit, isn’t it? If you're looking for some strong advice about screenwriting, especially when it comes to navigating the screenwriting industry. Bad Guys Close In: This is where the plot thickens. Laurel Ann, Thank you so much!! =). 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. Cassie, I’m so glad you liked the beat sheet! And if the writing gods smile upon us, even slightly. Good luck with everything. The book also shows you how to focus on making your story marketable to agents/publishers/producers. (Mostly the advice on pitching will be a bit different.) Refresh and try again. 5. Check out our other novel-writing blog posts. It is, however, a shock to all of us when Darcy unexpectedly proposes to Elizabeth (badly). 6. I swear you can feel Jane’s presence all around. I use it all the time. Everyone argues their positions. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Elizabeth is seriously confused. She’s a cinematic treasure. Best, Tom. However, I do not think my opinion is law, cause that's all it is, opinion. Break into Three: At home, Elizabeth consoles her mother and her sisters while her father is in London attempting to locate Lydia and hoping to convince Wickham to marry her, rather than leave her a “ruined” woman. :) She was kind enough to gift me with a copy, so I hunkered down and zipped through. (Mostly the advice on pitching will be a bit different.) Indeed I saw Stranger Than Fiction. Complete list of time travel manga. What does this mean? Plotting and structure are not my top skills, and these books often give me tools that help me chart a path through the work of telling a story. Not worth all the hype though. 15: Final Image: We have the weddings of the “two most deserving” Bennet daughters. Blake Snyder was, by all accounts, a nice man. Exactly--to the minute. The formula is so precise that Snyder has it shrunk down to page numbers. Actually, he knows seven things about romantic comedies. That he is smart, I have no doubts, especially after reading his reduction of modern movies. Really enjoyed this, Marilyn. Story Cards! 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. For instance, in a romantic comedy, this is where the two love interests clash. Best of luck on your latest book- hope to see you in Minneapolis in September! This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat! We all have our own private shelves—literally or figuratively—that feature these memorable examples of storytelling. 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. She directed the award-winning documentary, "What's Eating Ralphie May?" Nothing. 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). 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 talk more about how to use the Save the Cat spreadsheet for revisions here. It doesn’t have any of the complicated conceits which abound in (500) Days of Summer. Essential for scriptwriting, but hard to take seriously when it bashes momento on one page (on the grounds that it made no money in the B.O.) She begins to investigate. The science is loosely based in theoretical physics, with quantum mechanics and wormholes as common themes. They head north to the region of Derbyshire, where her aunt grew up and, coincidentally, where Darcy’s famous estate of Pemberley is located. Hardy. When Darcy proposes a second time, Elizabeth accepts with pleasure. ), though to me it was so sublimely written that I think JA herself might have quietly applauded. You did an excellent job. Lovely Beat Sheet Marilyn! something approaching "acceptable") to have it examined by a competent writer. Are you stumped by story beats? Registration confirmation will be emailed to you. principles. If your only two credits for screenwriting are "Blank Check" and the so-bad-Sylvester-Stallone-apologized-for-his-role-in-its-creation "Stop Or My Mother Will Shoot", you have no place writing a book on the subject. Work on your sales pitch!) I think you did a great job, Marilyn! And you mentioned something I absolutely love about Blake’s beat sheet — how applicable it is to both novels and screenplays. According to Snyder's model, they are "rites of passage" stories. Anyway, I digress. Any story idea what if with a character or a situation can create a Single Line Logline Story Concept by adding in a compelling desire. (The Save the Cat! No, it didn't tell me anything I didn't already know about structure and I could not get on with the obnoxious style of writing. 11. Goes to the Movies is a sequel to Save the Cat! What about a painter whose portfolio only inspired shrugs? She also writes the Grace Harper urban fantasy series for adults under the name, J.T. Hi Marilyn. The book also shows you how to focus on making your story marketable to agents/publishers/producers. Thank you very much for the excellent analysis. Jane writes a letter saying that Lydia has run away with Wickham and the two cannot be found. It is very interesting that the Beat Sheet can be applied to a novel of over 200 pages as well as a screenplay of 110 to 120 pages. A s Hugh Grant said, Notting Hill is a perfectly straightforward romantic comedy. The STC! 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. I found The Plot Whis. It's helpful not just for screenwriting but any sort of writing. Jon Lovitz plays Emperor Tod Spengo, who is the cruel, silly and over-dramatic emperor of the planet named Spengo. Wjdf!Wfstb-!Mjlf!Gbuifs!Mjlf! Not just a save the cat/good hero moment but also foreshadows Katniss taking Prim’s place in the Hunger Games. 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. 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. Romantic comedy, aka "rom-com", is a genre in which the development of a romance leads to comic situations. 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). Cpez!Txjudi!Cpuumf; GSFBLZ!GSJEBZ! I found this a great book for the beginner screenwriter and intermediate screenwriter. Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman Votes: 171,422 | Gross: $38.12M Both Elizabeth and Darcy have been prideful and prejudiced in a number of ways, and the state of both of their love lives seems pretty pathetic right about now. So, for all of my fellow P&P fans out there, how did I do? 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). Blake Snyder made it easy to follow. The film star turned 55 on November 30, 2020, and to celebrate we take a look at his best big screen moments. There are. Save the Cat!®Story Cards. SAVE THE CAT! The one we hope to rise closer to… someday. On page 75, for example, you have to have an "all is lost" moment, or a "darkest just before the dawn" moment. He storms off and writes a long letter to Elizabeth, explaining that Wickham is a really bad guy. The Fish Out of Water – This is a “Fool Triumphant” tale about someone who, in his own pond, is … Save the Cat! What the STC! Her second published novel—that work of staggering genius we know as Pride and Prejudice—turns 200 years old on January 28th. Both have motives aside from meeting their “love match,” and both think they’ll be able to get what they want—fast, easy, and without endangering their hearts. This is the comedy story where two opposites swap situations for some reason: a bet, an urgent need, or a mistake. 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. Billy Mernit knows a thing or two about romantic comedies. If you are completely new to screenwriting, then this would be a five-star book. I’m not here to disrespect the man. I’m very glad you felt I got the beats right for P&P, and I really appreciate you took the time to stop by. This month, the worlds of both classic lit and genre fiction unite in honoring Jane Austen, an author who is one of my greatest literary influences. 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. : 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. Exactly--to the minute. It’s also where her dislike of him is even more firmly cemented. com, Get Preptober Ready with the Save the Cat! Personally I loved it and think it’s basically a perfect film. This has chan. It felt as though Jane might just walk through the doorway at any moment and remark with a raised eyebrow that there were far too many people wandering about her room… . 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). Enter the even wealthier and handsomer—albeit, significantly prouder and more arrogant—Mr. I could really believe that line about her dress being “six inches deep in mud” after her walk to Netherfield, LOL. Hungry Katniss Everdeen had planned to kill a cat but saves it because her sister Prim begs her. Her true character, though intelligent and, at heart, quite loving, is one of a woman with a LONG and exacting memory. Although written for screenwriters, any kind of story writer can benefit. 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. Catalyst: Darcy scoffs at the idea of dancing with Elizabeth, no matter how fervently his good-natured buddy implores him to do so. In "Cats," she'll play Bombalurina, a flirty cat who loves to be the center of attention. Youngest sister Lydia gets an invitation to go there with a friend and her father lets her go, against Elizabeth’s advice. is certainly no different. 12. The most interesting discovery for me? OUT OF THE BOTTLE (OOTB) WISH, SPELL, LESSON. 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. 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. If we practice really hard. She readily believes them. I bought a used copy of this because I am writing my first screenplay so wanted a guide. If you didn't like a novelist's stories, would you follow their advice in crafting your own? Elizabeth Davis created this spreadsheet based on Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat writing craft book. That I should even have to point this out is insulting to me as a reader and cinephile.). The Shifter, was chosen for the 2014 list of "Ten Books All Young Georgians Should Read" from the Georgia Center for the Book. Although written for screenwriters, any kind of story writer can benefit. 14. What does Snyder have on him? Cat Rhinehart is a Los Angeles-based writer and director. Cat Rhinehart, Writer: Brand New Old Love. 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. Hack advice given by a hack writer. The writer has a passion for his craft and it is inspiring. Sensitive,' using the tried and true STC! With three out of the five young ladies now married, Mrs. Bennet is beside herself with delight. Mr. Collins proposes to Elizabeth. Or it is more now? Learn More>>, From the Best of Blake's Blogs: Watch Your Words. I was just thinking about this the other day. methodology to structure and plot my stories for more than ten years and 17 novels now. I was hoping some of her brilliant writing vibes would rub off… . I know you’ll have a wonderful time, though, and truly appreciate the good wishes. No matter if you’re on the naughty or nice list, Write a story backward for climactic results. If your story is lacking something, there’s a good chance it’s missing one of these elements. 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. 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. job at trying to explain it. Absolute nonsense. 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. THE SAVE THE CAT LOGLINE. x can be a character or a situation. If you want to write movies, there is a great deal to be gained by learning about the three-act structure. and then praises miss congeniality as a great movie the very next page. 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. Elizabeth, who has already met the cunning but charming officer Mr. Wickham (also the son of Darcy’s late father’s steward—follow that? Doesn't matter if it's a comedy like "Elf" or a drama like "Pulp Fiction" you must have this moment. My only wish was that the film could have been just a little longer because, due to necessity of only having 2 hours, they had to cut a lot of good stuff. To young silly sisters Kitty and Lydia, it’s handsome officers. This is definitely full of useful advice. Thank you . She knows any further relationship between them is hopeless. I even wrote a book on this very topic and created a Save the Cat! Storyte, Congratulations to our Save the Cat! And now she’s writing a new version of Peter Rabbit! 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. It would be wonderful to see you in person again! And you know what? A lot of people swear by this book, but I think it's just terrible. Blake came up with an incredibly helpful tool for writers, in my opinion. Take care. Grace, thank you so much! He's right. The most interesting discovery for me? It stars Lizzy Caplan and Alison Brie . but, unfortunately, it won’t be this weekend. Have a wonderful weekend! Start by marking “Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need” as Want to Read: Error rating book. The officers of the regiment, including Mr. Wickham, leave the area for another town. 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