Happily Ever Before

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FUNNY ROMANCE FAMILY COMEDY

20th Century (multiple decades)

Aimee Pitta and Melissa Peterman

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HAPPILY EVER BEFORE is best described as the comedic literary love child of the hit film’s Bridesmaids and Baby Mama. It is the story of two sisters, who while watching a Lifetime movie marathon (of course!) make a drunken pact that changes their lives forever.

Genre

Funny,Romance,Family,Comedy

Short Summary

HAPPILY EVER BEFORE, a fractured fairytale, tells the story of Grace, the free spirit older sister, who promises Clair, her wound-too-tight younger sister, that she’d have her baby, should the need ever arise. But she certainly never thought she’d have to “deliver”.


The past 9 months have been quite a ride. Grace found true love while 3 months pregnant, Clair quit her job, the sisters and their best friend George started a new business, and somehow through the hormonal surges they were able to navigate this new family dynamic and bring a new life into the world

Setting

Chicago

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Coming of Age,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Grace

Age: thirty something

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Clumsy,Modest,Engaging,Insecure,Sexy,Blunt,Outspoken,Funny,Complex,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Clair

Age: early thirties

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Charming,Aspiring,Obedient,Skillful,Funny,Visionary,Engaging,Heartthrob,Educated,Honorable,Sexy

Additional Character Details

Name: George

Age: Thirty something

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Charming,Clumsy,Decisive,Empathetic,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Diane

Age: Sixty something

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Charming,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Modest,Selfless,Funny,Romantic

Development Pitch

HAPPILY EVER BEFORE is best described as the comedic literary love child of the hit film’s Bridesmaids and Baby Mama. It is the story of two sisters, who while watching a Lifetime movie marathon (of course!) make a drunken pact that changes their lives forever. A fractured fairytale, this is the story of Grace, the free spirit older sister, who promises Clair, her wound-too-tight younger sister, that she’d have her baby, should the need ever arise. But she certainly never thought she’d have to “deliver”. Now everyone, from Clair’s WASP-y in-laws to Diane, Grace and Clair’s mom, who has put her own life on hold, to Clair’s husband, Henry, who has a compulsive need to give Grace bizarre and overly personal pregnancy gifts, to George, Grace’s best friend who now needs to find a new drinking buddy, are dealing with situations they never dreamed of. As the sisters are faced with hormonal surges, new romances, and a calcium enriched diet, they are forced to navigate this new family dynamic and test their sisterly love in ways that keep the audience laughing out loud.

About The Author

Aimee Pitta, author to The Theory Of Invisibility and co-author of Happily Ever Before, is an award winning Film and Television Marketing Executive, this is her second novel. Aimee currently resides in Los Angeles with her couch, DVR and her dog Brooklyn. Melissa Peterman, co-author of Happily Ever Before is a well known actress and writer. She made her film debut, with character role, "Hooker #2" in the Coen brothers' Oscar-winning movie, Fargo and has since gone on to create and star in her own show for CMT, Working Class, starred in the hit sitcoms Reba, Baby Daddy, and has recurring roles on Last Man Standing, Young Sheldon and Sydney To The Max. She's also frequent guest on 25 Words Or Less.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,55+,35-54

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Amazon

Year Published: 2012

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

9781481083928

Genre

COMEDY, DRAMA, ROMANCE

Brief

Two sisters have very different life paths after the death of their father. Clair loves to plan and Grace just wings it. When Clair decides it’s time for a baby and things don't go as planned, she recalls a drunken pact the sisters had made long ago. Grace agrees to honor the pact and become Clair's surrogate, but things get more complicated when Grace falls in love while pregnant.

Overall Rating

EXCELLENT

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: EXCELLENT

Commerciality: EXCELLENT

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: GOOD

Premise: EXCELLENT

Structure: GOOD

Theme: EXCELLENT

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, the book is about a woman who agrees to be her sister’s surrogate; then falls in love and starts her own business. The business however is not an essential part of the main plot or character development so might not need to be in the profile as it is more of a subplot.

Draw of Story

The dynamics of how an adult family changes when surrogacy becomes involved is definitely a draw because familial surrogacy is underrepresented in media. The narrative is fresh.

Possible Drawbacks

There is some political incorrectness such as "Chinese baby" and other times when the characters are trying to be sassy that come off as too on the nose or mean to be realistic. By adjusting these lines, the characters will be more likeable. The “starting a new business” plot did not seem to fit in as well as the rest of the character arcs.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that a sister agrees to be the surrogate for her older sister just as she falls in love.

Fanbase Potential

Yes, this would be popular with most adult women and people who enjoy family comedies because it is about female issues, relationships and family drama while also being humorous.

Awards Potential

Depending on how much the adaptation leans toward comedy versus drama, the comedy could win popular culture awards such as MTV or Teen Choice. If it were a more serious direction of a drama, then this could also win some acting awards for either of the sisters as they have a large range of emotions during their pregnancy with a unique dynamic.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

BRIDESMAIDS, BABY MAMA, FATHER OF THE BRIDE, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING, WAITRESS

What’s New About the Story

What is original about the story is the sister being the surrogate and that the romantic subplot isn't about the father of the future baby, and the surrogate act questionably to each other. To make the love story more unique, a different angle than being insecure over an old flame could make Grace's relationship conflict with Jack more colorful than just that she is also pregnant. The character of Clair is also very type A, but almost too a fault, adding more to her personality will give her more depth.

Lead Characters

The lead characters are Grace and Clair. What makes them stand out as sisters, besides the surrogacy, is how they have adapted from the same event of discovering their frozen father. Grace is struggling to find her passion after not planning for years, but she pulls a life together while hers is the messiest it could get. Clair struggles with how to cope when her plans of pregnancy don't go accordingly. Both of them help the other grow by completing what the other lacks in personality.

Uniqueness of Story

This is a rare gem in that it is a romantic movie about familial surrogacy whereas other romantic surrogacy movies are usually about a hired surrogate who causes romantic problems - or other kinds of trouble - between the wishful couple.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, Film - Studio, TV Series - Network, TV Series - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

It is a really good premise, but the subplots with George and Grace's business and the romantic conflict between Grace and Jack could be a bit more polished. The lead character of Clair could also have more character traits added to her personality to match Grace's depth. Apart from that, steps away from a “Recommend.”