The Stone Fiddler-...Fate or destiny

Eugenia Jenny Williams wbj@bigpond.net.au 1682716033083

DRAMA HISTORICAL FICTION ROMANCE POLITICAL

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

Eugenia Jenny Williams

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Two people from a different social backgrounds with a separate life experiences finding love with each other. Binh experienced the Vietnamese War, lost everything, lived in underground tunnels, where the Hanoi Symphony Orchestra taught him violin. Julia is a receptionist in an Escort Agency.

Genre

Drama,Historical Fiction,Romance,Political

Short Summary

Hanoi,hot and steamy.Without warning the air fills with whining of sirens,empties the streets, it crawls into houses and under the skin of people. The fear is heavy inside Binh. He will carry that memory deep into his manhood, always link it with memories closely associated with roar of aeroplanes.


The words of Uncle Ngo cross Binh’s mind: Fate is what happens,the destiny is what you create. ‘I have a daughter.’ Binh whispers to himself. ‘I have someone to belong to.’ ‘Binh you have more than a daughter, you have a family to belong to. You, Lee and I are a family. We belong together. ’

Setting

Hanoi, Xuan Phu-village in Vietnam, Melbourne-Australia, Cote D'Azur+Nice

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Information not completed

Main Character Details

Name: Binh

Age: 8-35

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Desperate,Faithful,Educated,Insecure,Modest,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Julia

Age: 16-40

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Engaging,Faithful,Educated,Sexy,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Adam

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Confident,Masculine,Sexy,Sophisticated,Secretive,Romantic,Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: Adam

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Complex,Confident,Educated,Honorable,Masculine,Sexy,Secretive

Development Pitch

The desire to tell the story of the Stone fiddler came when the author experienced and witnessed something that has created in her an emotional response. That emotional response transferred into thoughts, which later turned into words. The Stone Fiddler is a fictional story in parts based on real events. Whatever the reasons for writing this book were, the author was also aware that the reading public is hugely interested in deep emotions and in good story telling. This is a tale of two people from different cultural and social background with separate and dramatic life experiences. The story explores the life in Vietnam during and after Vietnam War and the differences between the two cultures. Binh, now a violinist in the Melbourne Symphony orchestra, lost everything but found strength to pick up the pieces after revisiting his homeland. Julia, a middle-class Australian woman, is deeply ashamed of her second job as a part-time receptionist in an upmarket Escort Agency, to pay off the debt of her deceased husband. Despite their cultural and moral differences they will find comfort and love with each other, when the words of a Vietnamese man come true: Fate is what happens to everybody and it is unknown. The destiny is what you create...

About The Author

Jenny was born in Kosice, city now in Slovak Republic. After occupation of her country by the USSR she escaped to Vienna and in 1969 arrived as an assisted migrant to Australia – where she now lives. In Australia her employment experiences were varied, depending on the level of her newly acquired English language. Eventually she became a proprietor of three successful businesses. Part of Jenny’s professional life has included lecturing for Adult Education Classes and the University of the Third age. She is regularly invited to clubs and social groups to speak on the subject of her books. Assisted by literary grants from Arts Tasmania, she wrote her autobiographical novel Yenni - A Life Between Worlds first published in 2002, followed by Jenny’s Coffee House in 2009. Her first book Yenni, by 2006, became one of the fifteen best read books in Tasmania. The second edition was published by Custom Book Publishers in 2014. She is also the author of the Cookbook: Yenni in The Rhythm of Everyday and a novel, Chessboard of Destiny published by Custom Books in 2013.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Custom Book Publications

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-0-9954074-9-7

Genre

ROMANCE, DRAMA

Brief

Binh survives the Vietnam war and makes a life for himself in Australia as a violinist. He meets Julia, a widow, who is raising her Vietnamese daughter. They have a chance meet and slowly develop a friendship that turns into love. In a twist of fate, Binh finds out that Julia's adoptive daughter, Lee, is his biological daughter.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, the book profile accurately reflects the book.

Draw of Story

The story begins with Binh's hallowing experiences. He vividly describes his home and life at the age of 8, before his village was bombed and his mother was killed. A village is formed with survivors, underground, and a music school is created even in the midst of a war. Binh learns how to play the violin which set his course in life.

Possible Drawbacks

The story is not cohesive. It begins with Binh's story, then switches into Julia's story and then they come together and fall in love. Julia is not introduced until half way through the story. It should start with Binh and Julia meeting and then go back into their stories to establish the characters.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Julia and Binh have very distinct life experience but they find each other. I would watch this movie for the sweet love story. It is a slow build of friendship and respect that builds the foundation for love.

Fanbase Potential

This would have a small fanbase. It is a quiet film and the romantic relationship is slow. There isn't much excitement but it would appeal to an older crowd.

Awards Potential

This does not have awards potential. The story has some very dramatic moments but nothing that is especially memorable.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

OUR SOULS AT NIGHT, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

What’s New About the Story

The romance that develops between Binh and Julia is very realistic and does not suffer from romantic troupes. They meet, have coffee and over time build a friendship. There aren't dramatic moments of passion and declarations, but subtle moments where love grows.

Lead Characters

The lead characters persevered through many obstacles. Binh lost his family in the war and was forced to live secretly underground. He survives the war and is able to make a new life in Australia. Julia marries her high school sweetheart. They struggle and Julia loses the ability to have children. They adopt a girl from Vietnam but a few years later, her husband is killed in a car accident. She is forced to work as a secretary at a escort center. They have lived, struggled and survived. It makes it all the sweeter that they find love with each other.

Uniqueness of Story

This is an above average story. It is compelling and entertaining considering it does not have the frills and excitement many romantic films do. The story needs a restructuring. The characters timelines should be told simultaneously while showing the relationship between the two.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

This is a solid romantic story. It is very sweet and relatable because the romance is realistic. The characters personal backstory enrich the understanding of the importance of the relationship. The audience becomes more invested in the characters and the relationship. This story also sheds light on serious topics such as the Vietnam War, abortion, adoption, sex work and death. It has a lot of depth and nuance.