Best of Blake! Save the Cat!® Podcast: Blake Snyder Explains His Genres
This blog was originally posted on March 11, 2016.
In this newly discovered audio, Blake Snyder describes the components of Monster in the House, Golden Fleece, Out of the Bottle, Dude with a Problem, Rites of Passage, Buddy Love, Whydunit, Fool Triumphant, and Institutionalized.
Unfortunately, the tape ends before he finishes Institutionalized and even begins the tenth genre: Superhero.
Here are the three components of Superhero:
1) the hero of your tale must have a special power — even if it’s just a mission to be great or do good;
2) the hero must be opposed by a Nemesis, of equal or greater force, who is the “self-made” version of the hero; and
3) there must be a curse for the hero that he either surmounts or succumbs to as the price for who he is.
Blake uses a bunch of terms in this podcast, like naif and half man, that pertain to specific genres. Next week’s blog will be a glossary of these terms.