Love Buries a Spring Bird

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ROMANCE OTHER HISTORICAL FICTION ACTION FAMILY

Contemporary,Other

Charles Forgrave

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Many love stories build up people and leave them happy. This love story takes people apart and leaves them shattered.

Genre

Romance,Other,Historical Fiction,Action,Family

Short Summary

It's a story about a first love that begins with the girl on vacation with her family in the boy's village. They fall in love and the story moves into Sault Sainte Marie when she goes back home. It's about an ego-driven young man who doesn't allow anything to get in the way of reaching his goals.


There's a pregnancy scare and the boy abandons the girl and goes off to college. The girl's sick little brother dies of his affliction and her mother moves out and leaves her to live alone with her resigned father. She is heart-broken and stays home from school.

Setting

The story is set in the remote and beautiful fishing village on the shore of Lake Superior in Michigan's pristine Upper Peninsula and the nearby of Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Quest,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Cortney

Age: 19

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Clumsy,Crazy,Naive,Underdog,Visionary,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Jackie

Age: 16

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Complex,Empathetic,Engaging,Heartthrob,Naive,Modest,Sexy,Selfless,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Sue

Age: 16

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Engaging,Selfless,Faithful,Modest,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Bunny

Age: 45

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Badass,Crazy,Narcisstic,Blunt,Outspoken

Development Pitch

The story is about an ego-driven young man who is both bold and smart and open to new experiences. He lives in beautiful Iroquois Beach in Upper Michigan, a remote fishing village on the shore of Lake Superior.

About The Author

Hi, I live in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with my wife and two teenagers. I graduated from Central Michigan University with a teacher's certificate. I retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2005 but I still work part time as a substitute school teacher. I wrote Love Buries a Spring Bird over a period of eight years. I'm presently writing a book of short stories called The Darkness of Spruce Trees about people who take in more light than they give out. Thanks Chuck

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

literary groups

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Book Baby

Year Published: December 2018

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-1-54393-730-5

Genre

ROMANCE, DRAMA

Brief

Courtney and Jackie meet in a seaside town in Michigan, fall in love, and begin to live a youthful love story. However, Courtney's wishes and dreams begin to weigh more than his relationship with Jackie.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: FAIR

Structure: GOOD

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, it is accurate, but although Jackie's mother is not exemplary, I do not see her as the antagonist in the story. The antagonist here is every daily conflict that arises throughout life and ends up separating people.

Draw of Story

The beauty of youthful love, which deepens every day. The graceful way in which the author describes scenes and dialogues that sound quite natural.

Possible Drawbacks

I understand that it is the book's proposal, but the whole story revolves around this love story, so in some moments, it sounds repetitive. As their passion gradually grows, some chapters seem very similar.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is the purity of the first love. This passion that gradually grows and makes you think that the relationship will last forever. This feeling inherent in first love is a poetic and almost universal hook.

Fanbase Potential

Yes. The fusion of personal drama, with youthful love, with individual wishes that conflict with a life together is strong enough to achieve awards if properly adapted. The line here is tenuous between an intriguing and poetic dramatic romance, and a sugary love story that can look tiring. It all depends on how it is explored.

Awards Potential

The two lovers, who live their own individual dilemmas while seeking to keep the love alive, have the power to attract a fanbase, if the story doesn't sound too sugary or too clichéd. The dramatic load and the romance in the right measure are points that keep the interest here.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

NORMAL PEOPLE (SERIES): A COUPLE FALLS IN LOVE, BUT THEY REALIZE THAT FOLLOWING DIFFERENT PATHS IS ESSENTIAL FOR THEIR GROWTH, AND THE RELATIONSHIP BECOMES INCREASINGLY TROUBLED. BLUE VALENTINE: A COUPLE LIVES IN A TROUBLED RELATIONSHIP DUE TO DEAN'S PROBLEMS.

What’s New About the Story

t is not exactly original because it is a love story with a sad ending that has been seen before, but the universe built for the story, the moderate pace that shows the growth of love gradually, makes it more unique.

Lead Characters

The main characters are ordinary teenagers but with prominent personalities. Jackie and Cortney, if well built for the audiovisual medium, have the potential to be memorable.

Uniqueness of Story

It is not because it is quite difficult to achieve this title when portraying a love story with an unhappy ending. It is a widely used plot, which sets precedents for large comparisons. But the tone and pace are interesting and make the story more unique.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, Film - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

The slow and gradual but still exciting rhythm in which this young couple falls in love is poetic and beautiful enough to keep us connected to the story. The first love narrative also has an interesting hook since it is a universal and nostalgic plot. The characters are simple but well designed to the point we recognize their personalities. Dialogue lines are plain, short, and sometimes seem to be said for pure education, hiding the interlocutor's real intention, which makes these lines more credible. Secondary conflicts and individual goals, which end up affecting the central plot, are internal and consistent with the story's tone. The gradual growth of love and the beginning of the end, which is also not abrupt, without great beats or reactions, shows a more restrained, more patient, and reserved love, once again linking tone to the plot. It would sound absurdly repetitive and boring for other stories, but for this one, it sounds correct. It is in line with the narrative proposal. In adapting to an audiovisual medium, much would certainly have to be changed in order for the story to maintain the same pace and interest. The central plot could indeed have some breaths provided by subplots, but in general, it is an interesting story for the genre.