Life, Love & the Lottery

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DRAMA ROMANCE

2000s

Angelique Hand

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Widow Meagan wins a 50 million dollar lottery and experiences all of the positive and negative aspects of doing so, not only for herself but her children as well. Story revolves around Meagan and her two children's lives and relationships as they navigate their new lives.

Genre

Drama,Romance

Short Summary

Meagan builds her dream home in the remote Rocky Mountains where she can live in tranquility and nature, then unexpectedly meets a movie production crew preparing to film in her area. One of the location scouts becomes the love of her life which at this stage she never expected.


The story is split in 3 sub sections telling Meagan, then her daughter Madeline's and lastly her son Garrett's story. Each of the sections are intertwined and the timeline follows through each. There is love and loss, then love again as we learn that family is always there for one another.

Setting

Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Whistler, BC, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Rags to Riches,Tragedy,Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Information not completed

Main Character Details

Name: Meagan Chambers

Age: 47

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Modest,Charming,Aspiring,Empathetic,Gracious,Insecure,Romantic,Selfless,Educated,Engaging,Secretive,Faithful

Additional Character Details

Name: Jaxon Grayson

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Gracious,Heartthrob,Honorable,Leader,Masculine,Sexy,Selfless,Funny,Romantic,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Madeline Allain

Age: 22

Gender: Female

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Strong Moral Code,Modest,Selfless,Funny,Romantic,Secretive,Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: Garrett Allain

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Leader,Masculine,Educated,Selfless,Skillful,Visionary,Strong Moral Code

Development Pitch

Life, Love & the Lottery, initially showcases the realities of winning a lottery and how it can be as challenging as is rewarding! Meagan Chambers fills a lifelong dream of building a beautiful log home in the Rocky Mountains that can be the home base for her and her children. A chance encounter with a production crew getting ready to film in the area sparks a new friendship/romance with a location scout. We get to follow the sometimes turbulent long-distant relationship of Meagan and Jax ending in a marriage. The story then follows to Madeline, Meagan’s daughter and her post graduation trip to Mexico which finds her in a new, local romance then lands her in a hurricane and the aftermath of clean up and life. Once settled back in Canada, Maddy and her new husband help her brother Garrett and his wife Ally through a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. After losing his wife to cancer a grieving Garrett finds love in an unexpected acquaintance, but can she be happy with moving into his ex-wife’s life as partner, mother and more? This story would make a great mini series or series of movies because of the rich characters and individual story lines as well as beautiful settings. There are also 2 additional books featuring their grandchildren's lives as adults. I could see this being a good fit for Netflix, Crave, Sundance or Prime.

About The Author

Angelique Hand lives in Central Alberta Canada at Gull Lake. She is married and has two grown children who also live in Alberta. Writing is her hobby and has somewhat replaced her love of reading as she finds it fun and interesting to craft the characters and mold their experiences! Angelique works in Destination Marketing and enjoys meeting people from all over the world who come to visit Alberta, she also loves to travel and hopes to experience many more countries and cultures in the future.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Smashwords

Year Published: 2016

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

978-0-9950321-0-1

Genre

ROMANCE, DRAMA

Brief

Widowed Meagan wins the jackpot and moves into her dream home. She enjoys her wealth but it makes it hard for her to trust people until she falls in love with the location scout for the new movie in town. Some years later her daughter Maddy graduates college and meets the love of her life during a natural disaster in Mexico. Meagan's son, Garret starts a family with his high school sweetheart only to loose her to cancer, but he finds support in unexpected places.

Overall Rating

FAIR

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT

Pace: FAIR

Premise: EXCELLENT

Structure: FAIR

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

The profile does a nice job encapsulating the story. The ages of the character details do not match up with when the different characters as the protagonist. Adding an age range of the characters as they age through the three stories also might be more accurate. For example Meagan is 47 in the first story but listed as 50 and Maddy starts as 19 in the first story, is listed as 22 but ages more for Garrets story yet Garret's story is 25 in the first book but he is still listed as his original age unlike the others.

Draw of Story

The premise that a woman gets a totally new start in life by winning the lottery and that she experiences all of the good and the bad that comes with it is compelling. The concept that the previous story are side characters in the next section is also interesting.

Possible Drawbacks

Each of the main stories focuses on romance as the central main conflict rather than the complications of the lottery as stated in the premise. Each of the characters has a bigger problem than their romantic partner and yet that becomes the central focus. By balancing the internal thoughts of the character to sound less obsessed on a singular conflict and person, they storyline will be more balanced.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Meagan wins $50 million dollars in the lottery and it changes her and her adult kids' lives. The change is also treated as a drama rather than a comedy as most rich people problems in media are.

Fanbase Potential

Depending on how much the focus is on romance versus the lottery this could fluctuate in viewership. Depending on the attachment to different storylines a different season or episode or film in a series could have a different number of audience members depending on the relatabality of the protagonists' problems.

Awards Potential

This is unlikely to have awards potential as a film series, but with deeply developed storylines of a television series focuses on the social issues within the relationships may have multiple nominations due to the range of events, locations and emotions.

Envisioned Budget

LARGE BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

THIS IS US, SUCCESSION, PARENTHOOD, YELLOWSTONE, JANE THE VIRGIN, CRAZY RICH ASIANS

What’s New About the Story

The originality stems from the lottery angle as well as how wealth can and cannot affect relationships. By focusing more about the issues within the relationships themselves rather than the romances this could expand its uniqueness.

Lead Characters

Meagan is generous but guarded with a hopeful spirit. Jax is a little bit prideful but otherwise fair. Maddy is generous like her mother but more service oriented. Garret is a family man and loyal.

Uniqueness of Story

This has a rare dramatic premise, but it doesn't totally deliver on the lottery premise rather its default focus is romance. For example, Meagan's distrust of people over her money is mostly talked about after the fact rather than shown and her kids aren't really a part of her storyline so the three tales don't feel as cohesive.

Possible Formats

TV Series - Streaming, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Network

Analyst Recommendation

WORK IN PROGRESS

Justification

While the story has many positive points, it has room for improvement (see possible paths below). If you can't change the story at this point, my suggestion is using your notes as a guide to highlight the best aspects of it when taking the next steps, either putting a pitch page together, a treatment, or a presentation.

Tips for Improvement

Making the stories more intertwined throughout rather than three separate narratives might create more lasting emotional investment. The problems of winning the lottery aren't really shown just discussed so showing them may make the finance discussions more filled with tension. Making sure Maddy's relationship doesn't feel so white savior-y in Mexico could also be addressed with a larger perspective from her husband and his grandmother. Adding subtext to the dialogue and more three-dimensionality to Meagan would also help the realism of the piece.