Screamcatcher: Web World

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YOUNG ADULT SUSPENSE/THRILLER FANTASY ADVENTURE ACTION HORROR

Contemporary,Across Centuries

Chris H. Stevenson (aka Christy J. Breedlove)

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Logline

A half-blood Native American girl accidentally trips an overload in an ancient dream catcher, thrusting her and her teenage friends into a nightmarish web world from which they must escape.

Genre

Young Adult,Suspense/Thriller,Fantasy,Adventure,Action,Horror

Short Summary

When seventeen-year-old Jory Pike cannot shake the hellish nightmares of her parent’s death, she turns to an old family heirloom, a (malicious) dream catcher. During one of her hellish nightmares, she and three friends are sucked into the dream catcher's alternate world.


Jory leads her friends through the web maze world, following the clues of her ancestors. She’ll have to decipher the strange footprints, path markers, and a mysterious riddle that leads to the exit: the searing white hot light that signifies the exit to the normal world. Find the web center.

Setting

External: Switchback Badlands of South Dakota

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Quest,Voyage and Return,Rebellion Against 'The One'

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Jory Patria Pike

Age: 17

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Confident,Decisive,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Skillful,Strong Moral Code,Heartthrob

Additional Character Details

Name: Choice Daniels

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Empathetic,Faithful,Heartthrob,Heroic,Honorable,Selfless,Skillful,Funny,Romantic,Strong Moral Code,Visionary

Additional Character Details

Name: Lander Cunningham

Age: 19

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Masculine,Badass,Aggressive,Lone Wolf,Blunt,Outspoken,Skillful,Confident,Heroic,Unapologetic,Secretive,Sarcastic

Additional Character Details

Name: Darcy

Age: 16

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Charming,Clumsy,Complex,Faithful,Educated,Insecure,Underdog

Development Pitch

Native teen Jorlene is unable to sleep while processing her grief from her parent’s sudden death in a car crash. She uses a dream catcher from her grandfather's shop to try and help. After a party with three of her friends that turns into a sleepover, the group is transported into a nightmare due to the dream catcher. They must find their way out back to the real world in order to find peace and be able to destroy the evil catcher.

About The Author

AUTHOR BIO Chris H. Stevenson (pen name Christy J. Breedlove), originally born in California, moved to Sylvania, Alabama in 2009. His occupations have included newspaper editor/reporter, astronomer, federal police officer, house-cleaner and part time miniature builder. He has been writing off and on for 36 years, having officially published books beginning in 1988. Today he writes in his favorite genre, Young Adult, but has published in multiple genres and categories. He was a finalist in the L. Ron. Hubbard Writers of the Future contest, and took the first place grand prize in a YA novel writing contest for The Girl They Sold to the Moon. He writes the popular blog, Guerrilla Warfare for Writers (special weapons and tactics), hoping to inform and educate writers all over the world about the high points and pitfalls of publishing.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Melange Books Fire & Ice

Year Published: 4-23-2019

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-1680467482

Genre

ACTION, SUSPENSE, DRAMA

Brief

Native teen Jorlene is unable to sleep while processing her grief from her parents sudden death in a car crash. She uses a dreamcatcher from her grandfather's shop to try and help. After a party with three of her friends that turns into a sleepover, the group is transported into a nightmare due to the dreamcatcher. They must find their way out back to the real world in order to find peace and be able to destroy the evil catcher.

Overall Rating

EXCELLENT

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: EXCELLENT

Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT

Pace: EXCELLENT

Premise: EXCELLENT

Structure: GOOD

Theme: EXCELLENT

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes the profile accurately reflects the narrative save for the pitch. The acclaims of the story do not add additional information about what the story should be consumed, rather removing the awards and helping to explain the themes such as the internal conflict Jory must overcome to ride of the nightmares and escape the dream world would be more helpful in explaining the story outside of the plot.

Draw of Story

Jory's chemistry with each character and the unique setting of Ojibwe lore along with a well paced plot create surprising moments with supportable characters.

Possible Drawbacks

There seems to be a clash of Native American folklore from a mix of cultures and Darcy's romanticizing of her being underage in comparison of Lander is a bit odd. Either Darcy could be older or not make such comments as their age difference is legal so it is weird to bring it up like that. Fact checking the Native culture such as not using Lakota folklore for a Ojibwe creation could help be more honorable to the traditions. Yes other cultures have adopted the Chippewa invention, but Iktomi is a Lakota legend.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES HEAVILY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Jory and her friends are sucked into her nightmare and things have to get worse in order for them to find the center of the web to escape. The path they are helped with is mysteriously being aided by her parents which mimics her internal transformation as they prevail along the external journey.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fanbase due to its genre and also its representation. There could be a dedicated fanbase of natives as well as non-natives looking to support indigenous representation in media. The rarity of the representation also means that the setting is fresh for horror fans with unpredictable elements.

Awards Potential

This is unlikely to have acting awards potential as its genre is more for entertainment and starring teens, but it could sin popular awards.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

WRISTCUTTERS, DREAM CATCHER, BEFORE I WAKE, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, INCEPTION, VANILLA SKY, HELLRAISER, BLOOD QUANTUM

What’s New About the Story

The stories use of Ojibwe lore as the premise for the horror and the adaptation of being trapped inside the nightmare through the dream catcher is unique. Again making sure the premise sticks to purely Ojibwe exposition rather than infusing other cultures would be better.

Lead Characters

Jory is resourceful nd surprisingly open and strong for someone who just become an orphan. Choice is loveably optimistic while also practical. Darcy is naive, but uses that to er advantage in how unconditional her love is. Lander is self-sacrificing and street-smart.

Uniqueness of Story

This is a rare gem of representation matched with good pacing. The inner conflicts of the other three characters outside of Jory just need to be developed more to give their inclusion in the nightmare a deeper meaning than just being in the wrong place and wrong time.

Possible Formats

Film - Studio, Film - Streaming, Film - Indie

Analyst Recommendation

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