Woodenheart

George W. Van Sise

Book Cover

GENRE

FANTASY

    Core Theme

    TRUE LOVE

    TIME PERIOD

    Other

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    STORIES BY HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON AND THE BROTHERS GRIMM

    CHARACTER LIST

    WODART/WOODENHEAR: A TREE TURNED HUMAN. HE IS FILLED WITH WONDER AND AWE ABOUT THE HUMAN WORLD. HE IS A ROMANTIC WHO WANTS TO FEEL TRUE LOVE.

    LYRA: THE WARD OF KINGDOM WHO IS TECHNICALLY A COUSIN TO THE KING. SHE IS CARING AND CONSIDERATE. SHE IS WODART’S TRUE LOVE.

    RILLIAM - THE SELFISH AND AMBITIOUS SON OF THE KING’S GUARD THAT WANTS TO MARRY LYYRA AND STEAL POWER FOR HIMSELF. HE DOESN’T TRUST WODART.

    BOG - RILLIAM’S RIGHT HAND MAN. HE IS LOYAL, STEALTHY, AND CLEVER. HE LOOKS INTO WODART FOR RILLIAM.

    KING REMITHAR - LYYRA’S DISTANT COUSIN WHO HAS RAISED HER AS HIS WARD. HE PROMISED TO PROTECT LYYRA AFTER THE DEATHS OF HER MOTHER AND FATHER.

    THILLA - THE KING’S LOYAL AND HONEST SERVANT WHO WITNESSES RILLIAM STEAL IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS ABOUT LYYRA’S TRUE LINEAGE.

    Logline

    A wish is made allowing a special tree to experience love as a human. Falling in love with a human girl leads him into a confrontation with a criminal, who is out for blood. Thievery and murder bring a conclusion to the girl who will die without a transformation. The Everwood Princess then steps in.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 13-17,7-12,18-34

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    In Grimmiwinn in the mythical Land of the Seven Kingdoms.

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: No

    Starting Description

    A woman loves the trees in the magical woods called the Illium, One tree there makes a wish to be a human in order to experience love. A transformation takes place, and human he becomes. By rescuing the woman from death he enters into the world of man to find love.

    Ending Description

    Rilliam the thief confronts Wodart and Lyyra to steal the jewel. A sword thrust later and Lyyra is near death. Only the Everwood Princess can rescue them. A grand transformation occurs. The king's men arrive and slay the thief believing Lyyra to be dead. Lyyra and Wodart live on as trees.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    Information not completed

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Internal Journey/Rebirth

    Main Character Details

    Name: Wodart

    Age: ageless

    Gender: Other

    Role: Emotional

    Key Traits: Naive,Romantic,Engaging

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Lyyra

    Age: 20

    Gender: Female

    Role: Mentor

    Key Traits: Complex,Confident,Empathetic,Faithful,Outspoken,Romantic,Strong Moral Code

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Rilliam

    Age: 30

    Gender: Male

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Aggressive,Villainous,Narcisstic,Criminal,Greedy,Power Hungry,Secretive,Unapologetic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: M'ru the Everwood Princess

    Age: ancient

    Gender: Female

    Role: mentor

    Key Traits: Complex,Visionary,Leader,Strong Moral Code

    Development Pitch

    Woodenheart is one of the tales you have never been told as a youth. It is a love story that will transform your idea about who can love and how love can be accomplished against murderous adversaries. Bright and visual it introduces characters and places that have been unseen, yet feel totally familiar. Not the fairytales or folktales you have always known but new and original all told by an internal storyteller named Mijel Zaz Caroon. This is one of the Wonderfultales from the Land of the Seven Kingdoms, of which there are now 32. Woodenheart can easily be rendered into an animated or live action production, with themes about loyalty, desire, honesty, and evil. Beautiful themes, visuals and a climactic conclusion will remind the viewer of the type of stories that people always want to see but are not available today. Appropriate to viewers young and old, no demeaning language or heavy violence. This story as well as my other Wonderfultales is meant to uplift and instill a new sense of wonder and appreciation for viewers. Written with a desire to be counted in with the classic tales of old by Hans Christian Anderson, the Brothers Grimm, and others.

    Genre

    ROMANCE, FANTASY

    Brief

    A tree wishes to come to life and falls in love with the ward of a nearby kingdom; she is really a princess. They must fight to be together as a selfish thief tries to steal power from the rightful princess and as the tree’s time as a human comes to an end.

    Overall Rating

    GOOD

    Point of View

    SECOND PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: GOOD

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: GOOD

    Franchise Potential: FAIR

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: GOOD

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: EXCELLENT

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    I do think the Book Profile accurately reflects the book, although the log line is not as strong as it could be. The passive writing style makes it feel less active than the story feels overall.

    Draw of Story

    The writing style is what immediately drew me to this story. This writing feels like it could be read and enjoyed while sitting around a campfire, or as a bedtime story before turning out the lights. It has a classic folklore tone and style that feels both nostalgic and warm. The storytelling aspect of the writing is definitely a great strength for this book. It’s engaging and fun to read.

    Possible Drawbacks

    At times the dialogue in this story was a bit confusing. It would be helpful to note which character is speaking from time to time, instead of allowing the dialogue to flow completely freely. The shifts between Wodart and Lyyra’s perspectives are also quite sudden. Making it more clear when the perspective is going to jump from one character to another would make this a smoother read.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    The classic folklore/storytelling style is the hook. The overall theme of true love also feels so magical and endearing.

    Fanbase Potential

    This project would appeal to viewers of every age. While this could be the perfect film or animated short to watch with a child, it could also be a quick, enjoyable, and entertaining watch for adults as well. Because it is universally appealing in different ways, I believe it could have a large fanbase.

    Awards Potential

    Unless this was made as an incredibly high quality, creative, and dreamy short animated film, it probably wouldn't have awards potential. It feels a bit too commercial to realistically have much of a chance with awards season.

    Envisioned Budget

    LOW BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    THE LITTLE MERMAID, THE PRINCESS BRIDE

    What’s New About the Story

    While the writing style does feel similar to classic fairytale stories, it also feels unique. The narrator is a nice, original touch. The story itself is also quite imaginative and original.

    Lead Characters

    Both Lyyra and Wodart feel so good and pure of heart. They stand out because their love is heartfelt and genuine. It is easy to root for them.

    Uniqueness of Story

    I do believe this story is a rare gem.

    Possible Formats

    Film:Indie, Streaming

    Analyst Recommendation

    CONSIDER

    Justification

    This story has a strong narrative style, an original premise, and heartfelt themes at its core. While it probably doesn't provide enough content to be made into a full feature length film, as a short film, this would be a powerful and enjoyable adaptation.

    Brief

    A tree wishes to come to life and falls in love with the female ward of a nearby kingdom, who is really a princess. Together they must fight to be together forever as a selfish thief tries to steal power from the princess and the tree’s time as a human comes to its natural end.

    What We Liked

    This is a thematically powerful story with a wonderfully strong writing style, engaging characters, and an original premise. This project touches on some sweet and universal themes, such as love and longing. It would appeal to readers of all ages. The ending is also satisfying and memorable.

    Film: This story has a highly satisfying conclusion, which would make it perfect for film. The core theme of love is so strong and it feels fully fulfilled by the end of the story. There is also some franchise potential, as the narrator successfully sets up the possibility of future stories in this kingdom.

    TV: Though this story only represents one tale, there are many stories to be told about the Land of the Seven Kingdoms. A vast and original world such as this one would be perfect for a TV anthology series. The dreamy style would make for compelling and lovely visuals.

    Key points:
    Heartfelt themes.
    Poetic writing style.
    Engaging and original story.
    Original premise.
    Appealing to viewers/readers of all ages.

    Synopsis

    The story begins with a boy asking his father to tell him the tale of The Tree of Two. This the the story the father tells him... Lyyra, a young woman walks through the Illium forest and wonders why it is the one place where she feels at home. Meanwhile, one of the trees, Wodart, wishes he could experience life and love as a human. M’ru, the Everwood Princess, grants his wish, but only until the summer solstice. He meets Lyyra in the woods. Wodart accompanies Lyyra back to the castle and discovers that she is a ward of the king. Rilliam, the man she is set to marry, is suspicious of Wodart. He asks his guard, Bog, to learn more about him. Rilliam is concerned that Wodart wants to interfere with his plan to reveal that Lyyra is actually the king’s cousin. With the truth revealed, Rilliam could try to challenge the king for his throne and take power for himself. If Lyyra got in his way, he could dispose of her, but not before stealing the powerful magical gem she wears around her neck. In time, Wodart and Lyyra’s relationship grows. They admit their love for each other shortly before the summer solstice, when Wodart is due to turn back into a tree. Wodart and Lyyra kiss and the powerful stone glows on her neck. Rilliam witnesses the kiss from afar. During the summer solstice, the king tells Lyyra the truth about her lineage: she is a true princess of Grimmiwinn. Wodart begins to transform back into a tree and he flees into the forest. Rilliam tries to capture Lyyra but she escapes, running after Wodart. She finds him in the forest, learns the truth about him, and pleads with him to let her stay so they can be together. Rilliam catches up and stabs Lyyra while trying to take the magical stone from her. Before she dies, M’ru transforms both Lyyra and Wodart into beautiful, entangled trees, rooted forever.

    About The Author

    George W. Van Sise has been writing since the age of seven. He first created and told his stories to delight and entertain his own children, but now he loves to enchant everyone who reads them. He is married with four children and several grandchildren.