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CRIME DRAMA MEMOIR SUSPENSE / THRILLER YOUNG ADULT DRAMA CRIME ROMANCE ADVENTURE
1980s & '90s,20th Century (multiple decades),2000s
Inside my book you will find a love story. People tell me I’m crazy and they are not wrong. I have seen institutions from the inside, been in a coma, on life-support, know what a straitjacket looks like, and been the specimen inside a glass cage. Inside my book you will find a love story?
Crime, Drama, Memoir, Suspense / Thriller, Young Adult,Drama,Crime,Romance,Adventure
My saga unfolds aboard a runaway train riding upon trackless rails, absent of depots, no turnstiles, zero direction, and without a destination. Mayhem, deceit, sickness, and deception fuel the locomotive aimlessly along.
We 'end' the novel in the form of a question with a critical decision in the balance.
Based on a True Story
Plot - Premise
Plot - Other Elements
Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions
Mature Audience Themes
Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity, Sexual Abuse, Substance Abuse, Language/Profanity,Substance Abuse,Sexual Abuse,Nudity
Main Character Details
Key Traits: Sarcastic, Adventurous, Badass, Crazy, Criminal, Faithful, Lone Wolf, Aggressive, Empathetic, Villainous,Crazy,Desperate,Villainous,Sarcastic,Lone Wolf
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Empathetic, Engaging, Secretive, Seductive, Lone Wolf, Naive, Beautiful, Crazy, Desperate, Power-hungry, Aggressive, Aspiring, Blunt, Clumsy, Perseverance, Unapologetic, Insecure, Outspoken, Underdog, Charming, Complex, Confident, Criminal, Decisive, Heartthrob, Manipulative, Romantic, Sarcastic, Badass, Faithful, Funny, Religious, Sexy, Uneducated, Villainous,Underdog,Religious,Clumsy,Modest,Obedient,Insecure
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Charming,Empathetic,Gracious,Naive,Romantic
The pitch is the purpose--to save a life, or two. The further agenda of this novel is to spread awareness to the general population, serve as an omen for the troubled youth, as a study for the rebel, a lesson for the hellion, and as a warning for the nihilist. I hope my grueling saga is shelved in school libraries as a deterrent for youths who may be gravitating toward a path of self-destruction. Additionally, I hope it is an inspirational read for the reckless adult who has simply lost their way. Concisely, it’s a self-study book for the crazies of the world. Which, by the way, is pretty much everyone.
MATURE AUDIENCE, DRAMA
A series of snapshots detailing the downward path of addiction and the fight back to the surface. It is switched around between different points in the timeline to mimic the mix up in chronology the addict is used to experiencing. Through luck the protagonist is sparred long lasting legal or physical complications unlike many others just like him.
Authors Writing Style: FAIR
Franchise Potential: FAIR
Accuracy of Book Profile
The profile helps explain the structure and character of the story. However the logline is more a dedication of the story rather than summarizing the premise of the narrative.
Draw of Story
The structure is interesting in that it splices unconnected moments together which creates a disorientation similar to drug use as to which is the thematic link of the piece about addiction.
It is difficult to follow the protagonist's inner conflict and transformation with the same structure. The external changes are able to be followed a bit better based on the point of addiction, but it is still hard to follow the themes of the moments chosen in how they are grouped.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The hook is that the story is told through moments that are like a crystal ball snapshots rather than a continuous story. The vignettes are split like a deck of playing cards into different unconnected sections. It is disorienting on purpose.
The experimental nature of the drama is likely to draw a smaller audience or be limited those able to appreciate the aesthetic and themes over a linear plot.
This deals with addiction so may help gain notice for awards, but the inner conflict would have to be more clear and the themes consistently building throughout the different non-linear timeline to make the story be more easily followable.
Similar Films/TV Series
REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, MOMENTO, BEAUTIFUL BOY, BLACK SWAN, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
What’s New About the Story
The originality stems from the non-linear shuffle of events that detail Crisp path to addiction and loss and his way back to himself. By linking the choices thematically the moments will make better sense being linked together even if the narrative is scattered.
Crisp is philosophical but empty and desperate however he is also resilient by the end.
Uniqueness of Story
The structure is unique as a shuffled deck of cards but can be hard to follow in terms of character development.
Film - Streaming, Film - Indie, Film - Studio
WORK IN PROGRESS
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
This structure seems better suited for theater as theater is the best at depicting isolation which is one of the main components of addiction. Making the characters inner conflicts more easily followed, even though the eternal conflict is out of order, would help join them thematically.