Stages

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FAMILY MYSTERY RELIGIOUS ROMANCE MYSTERY RELIGIOUS ROMANCE

Contemporary

Ginger Ellis

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Logline

Stages is a small-town story of a mother, who through trials and tumbles, found a way to give a world of experience to her only son one journal entry at a time.

Genre

Family, Mystery, Religious, Romance,Mystery,Religious,Romance

Short Summary

Tragic accident claims a young life causing the past to be awakened and forgiveness to be challenged.


Balancing emotions of new and old don't always end up the way we expect.

Setting

Central Florida

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending, Meaningful Message, Twist,Twist,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Information not completed

Main Character Details

Name: Stacy Stevens

Age: 38

Gender: Female

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Gracious, Outspoken, Strong Moral Code, Adventurous, Beautiful, Blunt, Faithful,Outspoken,Strong Moral Code,Adventurous,Blunt,Faithful

Additional Character Details

Name: Kevin Trails

Age: 42

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Confident, Educated, Insecure, Masculine,Charming,Confident,Educated,Insecure,Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: Scott Chambers

Age: 39

Gender: Male

Role: tempter

Key Traits: Flexible, Romantic, Adventurous, Charming, Confident, Engaging,Romantic,Adventurous,Charming,Confident,Engaging

Additional Character Details

Name: Sarah

Age: 38

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Empathetic, Funny, Outspoken, Adventurous, Aggressive, Badass,Funny,Outspoken,Adventurous,Aggressive,Badass

Development Pitch

Eleven years should be enough to erase the old and stick to the new. She did sobriety, for a while, and has found some faith in the tough world as a firefighter. After a fatal crash, Stacy knows to stay away, but heart and mind don't always balance.

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Female leaning,Female Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self

Year Published: 2011

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

9780578090597

Supplemental Materials

Information not completed

Genre

ROMANCE, DRAMA

Brief

Stacy is a mother and a firefighter. One day, during a tragic accident, she ends up in contact with a love from the past, the father of a young woman who died that day. Together, they start investigating the strange circumstances surrounding the occurrence. They manage to clarify this mystery and also the reasons that separated them, and end up following different paths.

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, it does depict the book properly.

Draw of Story

The terrible accident at the beginning that drives the whole story forward.

Possible Drawbacks

The narrative sometimes doesn't seem to have a general objective or goal.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

It's a love story, either between the lead character and her son and between her and two other men that come into her life. With all the misunderstandings, good moments and difficulties that ensue, along with a very tragic loss, it's a very interesting story for people who love tragic romances.

Fanbase Potential

Yes, because it's a kind of story that tends to attract many fans of the genre.

Awards Potential

Maybe not, because sometimes it is too melodramatic, something that Awards usually avoid.

Envisioned Budget

LOW BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

IT REMINDED ME OF THE MOVIE ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, BY ALMODÓVAR, WHICH FOLLOWS THE GRIEVING AND RECOVERY PROCESS OF A MOTHER WHO LOSES HER ONLY CHILD IN A CAR ACCIDENT, IN A JOURNEY THAT INCLUDES ENCOUNTERS WITH FRIENDS FROM THE PAST, MUCH HEALING AND THE DISCOVERY OF A NEW LIFE.

What’s New About the Story

The fact that the central romance ends up evolving into a friendship and that the central tragedy doesn't happen to the lead character, but to a supporting one. There is a theme of chauvinism and prejudice against women in the workplace that could be better explored in the story.

Lead Characters

The lead character is a strong and courageous woman that defies conventions by working at a job usually linked to men and who, throughout the book, learns how to be open to love and a wide array of new opportunities, something that can be an inspiration to a lot of readers.

Uniqueness of Story

Not yet. There are some tropes of the genre that could be worked on and some of the dialogue could be better developed in order for the story to improve even further.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, Film - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

Because, as was said before, the story has potential to attract and please many people. There is a subtext about prejudice and chauvinism that is very contemporary and could lead to deeper discussions if the story is adapted to the screen. The narrative would also benefit from some revisions and specific changes, especially in romance tropes that end up rendering some generic moments and some of the dialogues that might be a little predictable. Furthermore, it would be important for the lead character to have bigger conflict in the narrative, since sometimes it feels like most of the action and the mystery develop away from her own personal journey. The letters she writes to her son are great in terms of getting to know her better and could be an interesting asset to the narrative, probably depicted with the help of a voiceover in a version adapted to the screen.