SURVIVING CORRUPTION

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BIOGRAPHICAL CRIME FAMILY YOUNG ADULT OTHER MEMOIR FUNNY

1960s & '70s,1980s & '90s

Pseudonym Dick Richards.

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Logline

My life, abusive mother, loving father, bad behavior, corruption addict on every job but never caught. Left home early, slept on commercial roof until sympathetic cop let me stay with him, PTSD victim due to the horrible deaths witnessed. My wife and I raised 6 kids, all have done well. Stable now.

Genre

Biographical,Crime,Family,Young Adult,Other,Memoir,Funny

Short Summary

In charmingly addictive anecdotes spanning six and a half decades, the author chronicles his life as a mischievous youth, emboldened by grade school antics like shoplifting and fighting.


The author was never caught, all bad behavior was initiated with the intention of having fun and party up. Happily retired, touring now on his seventh Harley. Living the good life with his life mate, a living caring wife. Still dealing with PTSD.

Setting

Canada

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Other

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Other,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity,Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Dick Richards

Age: From 4 to 73

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Badass,Crazy,Engaging,Unapologetic,Adventurous,Aggressive,Blunt,Funny

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Development Pitch

What started my bad behavior. Being abused as a child by a hateful mother, finding my place in the pecking order of life, who knows. I do know I’m an adrenaline junkie. I’ve seen people who died in so damn many ways, from a squashed head to a burned baby. Even a hanging and a couple of firearm murders. I was involved in three gun fights in only 4 years as a cop but the job itself was an adrenaline wet dream. As a firefighter we dropped a dead fat guy down the stairs in front of his wife. No it wasn’t on purpose. I stole a few cars in my teenage years, broke into a pizza joint I used to work in. I even stole a grader on a logging road to pull our car out of the mud. My good mother saw to it I was placed in a private school at 13 years old where I was beaten by the catholic ‘brothers’ once with a golf club after ordering several other boys to pull down my pants so the prick could swat my bare ass 10 times with the handle of a golf club. I met the love of my life, both at 18 years old, we got pregnant, had one child. I have the opinion the world is not a good place so I had a vasectomy at 20 years old and we adopted 5 more kids, four of them were aboriginal. Four of our kids make a very healthy living working respectable jobs all of whom make close to or over a hundred grand a year, one was killed in a car accident and last but not least, one has failed his graduation into society and is a homeless drug and alcohol abuser whom we have put in rehab.

About The Author

Boy to old man. Abused child grew up fighting, stealing, con man. Joined police department, attended horrible scenes, axe murder, hanging, several deaths, quit police joined fire dept. more deaths, burned baby, partial decapitation, heart attacks, suffer from PTSD. Beat cancer. Adopted 5 kids with wife and still married to her 53 years later. Every job worked, enjoyed the corruption. Police, 2 different fire Departments, customs officer, drug dog handler and interdiction and intelligence officer. Entrepreneur, and more. Wild and crazy life.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Male Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Friesen Press

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

Information not completed

Genre

DRAMA

Brief

Dick Richards chronicles his life from the age of 4 to 75 years old. His mother was indifferent to him but he had a close bond with his father. He marries young and has many children. His many careers and passion for mechanics lead to an abundance of antics and lessons learned.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: FAIR

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

The book profile reads like a jumble of thoughts. It touches on many events of the story but needs to be formatted correctly.

Draw of Story

Dick essentially wrote his memoirs, analyzing many moments and events in his life. His childhood was not very entertaining even though it is alluded that his mother is abusive when she comes off as more intolerant and indifferent to his presence. Dick's adult years are interesting because he has many careers and hobbies that piece together a full life. He has many stories to tell.

Possible Drawbacks

The story is told disjointedly, without rhyme or reason. It needs to be organized in a linear fashion or artistic. Most of Dick's stories are mildly amusing and interesting but not overtly entertaining. He has had many careers, got married and had children, survived cancer etc. He had a full life but it is a normal life. The tone of the story aids in this with its' detached narration. Dick is telling his story but his connection to it is not present.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

There is no hook because it is Dick retelling many events in his life. I would watch this movie to see how people change and grow through different stages in their lives.

Fanbase Potential

This would have a small fanbase. There is little to spark the audiences interest.

Awards Potential

This is a character driven story which does garner awards potential. The story needs to develop Dick and make his character clear and distinct. It is narrated by a man who seems to have come to terms with his story instead of the person going through the moments.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

SEINFELD, FOREST GUMP

What’s New About the Story

The story is original because it is Dick's story. Outside of that, there is little that is unique. He had a rougher than normal childhood, got married, raised a family, became a cop, fireman and border patrol guard. He had a life like many others.

Lead Characters

The lead character appears to have come to terms with all that has happened in his life. He looks back with good humor and wistful nostalgia.

Uniqueness of Story

This is an average story that has potential to become something special. If the telling was arranged in a better way, it could highlight Dicks' life. He mentions that he is living with cancer and it might be interesting to see him tell his story from that perspective; of approaching the end.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, Film - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

WORK IN PROGRESS

Justification

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 story needs more emotional connection. Most of it feels "matter-of-fact". Dick's feelings about specific events in his life need to show through. The profile mentions his mother being abusive and he provides moments when she demonstrates this. He comments on it but never expresses how he feels about these events.