Screamcatcher: Web World
YOUNG ADULT SUSPENSE/THRILLER FANTASY ADVENTURE ACTION HORROR
Chris H. Stevenson (aka Christy J. Breedlove)
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.
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.
External: Switchback Badlands of South Dakota
Based on a True Story
Plot - Premise
Overcoming Monster/Villain,Quest,Voyage and Return,Rebellion Against 'The One'
Plot - Other Elements
Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Twist
Mature Audience Themes
Main Character Details
Name: Jory Patria Pike
Key Traits: Confident,Decisive,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Skillful,Strong Moral Code,Heartthrob
Additional Character Details
Name: Choice Daniels
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
Key Traits: Masculine,Badass,Aggressive,Lone Wolf,Blunt,Outspoken,Skillful,Confident,Heroic,Unapologetic,Secretive,Sarcastic
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Charming,Clumsy,Complex,Faithful,Educated,Insecure,Underdog
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.
ACTION, SUSPENSE, DRAMA
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.
Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT
Franchise Potential: 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.
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.
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.
This is unlikely to have acting awards potential as its genre is more for entertainment and starring teens, but it could sin popular awards.
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.
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.
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