Hollywood and Blake Snyder’s screenwriting book, Save the Cat! – Slate Magazine.

How a single book on blockbuster screenwriting has taken over, uh, blockbusters. Sadly precise story beats, laid out to the minute. See them here.

So much more pernicious than Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, which I actually do respect.

I imagine it’s just a matter of time before someone does a multiframe overlay of different movies illustrating how all the beats really are synchronized.

I once mapped out a biographical museum based on the Hero’s Journey. It would be funny to see someone try to apply the Save the Cat! formula to other kinds of experiences, like fine dining (All is Lost) or office buildings (Dark Night of the Soul).

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Fantastic. I always love novels that begin with a map. Here they tell historical stories, plotted on Google Maps.

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