What if Your Readers Hate Your Character?


I obsess a little about Blake Snyder’s “save the cat” concept, because I have a bugaboo about exciting movies and novels with tedious or creepy main characters. I tend to defenestrate such things. Books can take that, but DVDs don’t hold up well to sidewalk impact.

So I ripped the “save the cat” scenes from four movies — two Blake mentioned in his book, and two I noticed in favorite movies of mine. They are:

Aladdin (1992), written by Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio.

Sea of Love, written by Richard Price.

Heist, written and directed by David Mamet.

Raiders of the Lost Ark, written by Lawrence Kasdan.

I think I’ve beaten this topic to death now, and I promise to move on. (Thanks, Blake. We still miss you.)

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4 Responses to What if Your Readers Hate Your Character?

  1. Jim says:

    Hey, great collection! Thanks for taking the time to put all this together.

  2. I know how much work that is, so thank you! Much appreciated. You’ve convinced me to read the book (that’s been sitting on my shelf for months) immediately.

    I’ve often thought about compiling a series of videos from Pepperman’s, “Film School”. I’m a bit new to film analysis, and I wonder what you might think of my own writing on the subject?

    http://onanimation.com/?p=240

    • Steve White says:

      Hi Daniel,
      I’d better own up: I’m not an animator… I’m a novelist! So I’d better not comment on your writing.

      I see movies as a form of drama that works better than novels for learning and teaching dramatic concepts… that can then be applied to novels. That’s why there are so many movies referred to on Novel Dog. And if some screenwriters (and animators) enjoy this site… grand!

      Thanks for the comment.

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