Down with the Dance
FUNNY COMEDY CHILDREN'S
Austin Davenport is middle school nerd who discovers someone is preparing to take down the Halloween dance. Can a nerd save the dance, get the girl, and avoid eternal detention? Maybe. Maybe not. But you'll laugh out loud as he tries.
Austin's the biggest loser in middle school with help from his butt-chinned brother. While he quickly ends up in the crosshairs of an overbearing principal, his luck appears to change as a new girl arrives and the Halloween dance is announced...until his brother decides to take down the dance.
Austin uses his immense brain power and dive-roll skills to save the dance with the help of a trusty sidekick. Not only does he get the girl, he turns the tide against his brother and principal while avoiding eternal detention.
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Main Character Details
Name: Austin Davenport
Key Traits: Aspiring,Clumsy,Funny,Romantic,Educated,Leader,Underdog
Additional Character Details
Name: Derek Davenport
Key Traits: Masculine,Badass,Aggressive,Confident,Villainous
Additional Character Details
Name: Principal Butthaire
Key Traits: Aggressive,Narcisstic,Crazy,Power Hungry
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Decisive,Heartthrob,Honorable
Down with the Dance is fast-moving and funny, with equally lovable and hatable (the villains, of course) characters, led by the rather nerdy, very relatable protagonist, Austin Davenport. There is humor on just about every page, some of it enjoyably obvious, and some of it subtly inherent in Austin's phrasing and his descriptions. Austin and his brother's life roles are swapped when they enter middle school under the careful eye of a corrupt former prison-warden-turned-principal. Austin bumbles his way through middle school breaking all the rules in an effort to right his brother's wrongs. His antics and interpretations are intelligent and hilarious, which make for a very unique character. Austin and his friends are good kids, but are just mischievous enough to engage readers, and the story conveys subtly positive moral and emotional messages while maintaining its outwardly breezy tone. Austin is very smart, but he has hilariously awkward moments that can make young people feel as if they, too, can survive their inevitable middle school humiliations. Taken alone, Down with the Dance would work well as a film adaptation. However, given that there are twelve books in the Middle School Mayhem series, the potential for a TV series is equally possible.
Austin is starting middle school, the nerdy child with a popular older brother who constantly terrorizes him. He becomes the focus of the principal who continues to blame Austin for trouble, cancelling the Halloween dance because of him. Austin's crush and now girlfriend dumps him when someone releases a photo where he looks to be kissing someone else. He thwarts his brother and the principals' plan , saving the dance and having a great time with his friends.
Authors Writing Style: GOOD
Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT
Accuracy of Book Profile
The book profile does not have complete sentences or punctuations. It is a incoherent combination of some plot points. The sentences need to be completed.
Draw of Story
The story dives into the terror of adolescence and starting a new school which is very relatable. Austin is a great character because he doesn't let his circumstances stop him and he finds the courage to makes changes.
The story focuses on some classic troupes dealing with kids in schools: nerds, jocks, popular kids, etc. This feels a bit outdated and unrealistic to today's youth. All the major plot points can happen without this. The focus could be on Austin and his relationship with his brother, Derrick.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The hook is that Austin is being terrorized by his brother and the new principal. When he feels like things are turning up for him, he loses his girlfriend and his popularity. When he decides to clear his name and save the school dance, he finds his voice. I would watch the movie for the relatable adolescent angst.
This would have a smaller fanbase. The demographic is definitely tweens which don't find a large audience. The story is entertaining, but is predictable.
This would not have awards potential. It is not unique or breaking any ground with storytelling or representation. Overall, it is entertaining for the target demographic.
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What’s New About the Story
The story has some original elements to it, but overall it follows the format of the "growing up, awkward years" story. Austin believes everyone hates him and that life is unfair especially because of his older brother who terrorizes him. The uniqueness lies in his actions. He isn't defeated and speak up for himself in the end. He reconciles with his brother so they can have a better relationship. Austin builds his own community as well. The story would be more unique with a female lead or one with cultural diversity.
The lead character stands out because he seeks to right the wrongs against him. Just as he is fulfilling some of his desires, they get taken away from him. He doesn't sit and take it but actively changes the circumstances. It is an important lesson for children that age.
Uniqueness of Story
This is a very average story that has some heart. It doesn't stray away from similar plots but is well written and entertaining. There could be more diversity, including other cultures as well as more female representation. It should reflect modern schools and children. The nerd vs. popular kid troupe feels somewhat outdated.
Film: Studio, Indie, Streaming TV Series: Streaming, Cable
This story is well written with great lessons for kids of the target demographic. While I am sure it reflects some schools today, it feels like the tide has turned on the stereotypical nerd vs. popular kid theme. The line of what is considered popular and "nerdy" is very blurred. The term nerd feels archaic. There doesn't seem to be a great demand for stories like this and it isn't breaking any ground which makes it a consider.