Keeping Up Appearances

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Elizabeth Stevens

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Keeping Up Appearances is a rom-com about growing up, realising that rumours aren't always true, being yourself, and that it's better to spread Nutella, not hate.


Young Adult, Comedy, Family, Romance, Satire,Friendship,Comedy,Romance

Short Summary

After Nancy spends all of Sunday encouraging Holly to finally tell Jason how she feels about him, Holly walks into school on Monday set to do just that. Only to find Nancy and Jason kissing. Holly rushes off and literally runs into a half-naked body in the boys' locker room; Jason's rival, Xander.

Holly realises that she needs to stop judging people she doesn't know anything about outside rumour, that people aren't two-dimensional, and that being yourself is what will earn you true friendships and love. And, she finally gives in and admits she's fallen for Xander, even if the idea scares her.


Adelaide, Australia

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

,Enemies to Lovers,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Other

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Happy Ending, Meaningful Message,,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Holly Aberdeen

Age: 17

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Beautiful, Faithful, Honorable, Insecure, Modest, Naive, Selfless,Confident,Faithful,Honorable,Naive,Strong Moral Code,Romantic,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Xander Bowen

Age: 17

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming, Confident, Masculine, Romantic, Unapologetic, Strong Moral Code, Empathetic, Faithful, Funny, Heartthrob, Honorable, Leader, Sexy,Funny,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Heartthrob,Heroic,Leader,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Outspoken,Sexy,Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: Greg Hook

Age: 17

Gender: Male

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous, Empathetic, Honorable, Outspoken, Sarcastic, Charming, Confident, Engaging, Faithful, Funny, Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Rachel Harris

Age: 17

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Badass, Confident, Outspoken, Unapologetic, Aggressive, Beautiful, Faithful, Leader, Strong Moral Code,Aggressive,Complex,Faithful,Honorable,Leader,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Outspoken

Development Pitch

A lot of readers have contacted me about turning this into a movie, with the obvious belief that's just something I can make happen. Of course, I can't do that on my own - which is where TaleFlick come in. This story would likely translate best to a movie - the key scenes and plot adapting well to the big screen. I envision it being quite bright and colourful, intended to make audiences smile and root for the characters. It is a story about family, friendship, romance and being yourself. While it is set in Adelaide, South Australia, the story is easily transportable to any setting for the express purpose of it being more relatable to all audiences.

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: self-published

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available