The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
出版社：Michael Wiese Productions
Like any other profession, to be a successful screenwriter your ideas must be remarkable and marketable. In this book, Blake Snyder explains the science behind the writing of Hollywood’s most financially successful scripts. This book won’t teach you about how to create artsy, independent, transgressive stories. The author makes it very clear that he is teaching you about commercial screenwriting. In fact, it is a textbook for marketing ideas and creating them.
Save the Cat is a well-known book among writers. When you talk to other writers about it, they have a strong opinion, either positive or negative. Some writers don’t appreciate Snyder’s advice about creating stories because he has a very narrow view of story structure. He asserts that there are three acts in every story, the main character must be likeable and be seen doing something heroic like “saving a cat” at the beginning of the story. The motivation of the hero should also be about a primal emotion: power, family, survival or revenge. Although this may not be welcome advice for experienced writers, Snyder’s perspective is valuable regardless.