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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good expansion on the first book
As with the other two 'Save the Cat' books, this is about mainstream, commercial screenplay structure. Although that definition can be extended to include many art house movies, these are not books about the art house. Readers looking for radical departures from the filmmaking establishment should search elsewhere.

The first 'Save the Cat' set out to show the...
Published on 6 Feb 2011 by Steve

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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New
I got all the three books by Snyder and this one is the worst one of all...it just has nothing at all, the first one is great, but am very disappointed with this one. Waste of money :(
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good expansion on the first book, 6 Feb 2011
As with the other two 'Save the Cat' books, this is about mainstream, commercial screenplay structure. Although that definition can be extended to include many art house movies, these are not books about the art house. Readers looking for radical departures from the filmmaking establishment should search elsewhere.

The first 'Save the Cat' set out to show the common features in how a lot of successful film are constructed and it did so in an entertaining and clear cut way. 'Save the Cat Goes to the Movies' presented a wider range of film examples in each of Blake's own genre categories.

What 'Save the Cat Strikes Back' does is expand on those sections in the first two books (especially Book 1) that some people felt needed more depth. It has more detail in the way different parts of a story interconnect, how they can mirror each other and reinforce ideas. As with the other books the emphasis here is on structure; the ideas are yours, this is a guide to arrangement and presentation.

As this is Blake's last book, due to his early death in 2009, there is also a poignancy to some examples and anecdotes dealing with life and, in a few cases, death. Blake's central point being that stories are about life and its lessons, including its limits.

Leaving that aside though, I think this is an excellent expansion on the original book and well worth reading if you liked 'Save the Cat'. Of course if you didn't, then you probably aren't reading this review. :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book about story telling, 11 Nov 2010
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A wonderful book about story telling. Great insight, very practical, funny and sometimes poignant, a compact modern-day guide to the craft. This book complements works by Robert Mckee, John Truby, Chris Vogler, - and even Joseph Campbell. Definitely worth a purchase if you are a fan of popular stories, - films or novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good read, 25 Oct 2013
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very good book. became a massive fan of Blake Snyder's techniques after applying his methods from his first book and this one follows on nicely from there telling you more about the after the script process that writers selling scripts may experience and look out for.
the first half of the book continues to deal with helping writers with script writing and the later half helps with the after process i.e meetings, studios, managers, agents, avoiding pitfalls and greedy agents/producers.
very entertaining and enjoyable as always from Blake. blitzed through this book in under a week and i have a hectic schedule as it is!
recommend strongly his work for anyone looking on getting into screenwriting or the processes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lesson from a once industry professional., 29 Dec 2013
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I found it very useful and entertaining; it is always great to get advice from someone who has actually done what you are looking to do or get involved in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get the others too, 17 May 2013
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I know it says " the last book you'll need", but I just love this guy's style - you can tell he's smiling while he's writing. Big shame we won't hear from him any longer.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must, 7 Dec 2012
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Loved the first book even though it caused me a great deal of work having to totally re-write one of my films. This takes save the cat further. Love this series although when Blake Synder says "The last book on screen writing you will ever need" why did he write two more volumes. Love the advice, love the content. If you want to write a film this is the place to start
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New, 18 April 2014
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I got all the three books by Snyder and this one is the worst one of all...it just has nothing at all, the first one is great, but am very disappointed with this one. Waste of money :(
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a xmas present, 2 Jan 2014
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Daughter had asked for it so it must be good. Did not look through it so can't give a review
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