MUGAMORE

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BIOGRAPHICAL DRAMA FAMILY MEMOIR

1960s & '70s,1980s & '90s,2000s

Jonathan T Jefferson

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Logline

An intriguing misfit boy succeeds despite his shortcomings during the '70s and early '80s. A very intelligent teenage boy fails due to the misguided good intentions of the adults in his life at the onset of the new millennium. The intergenerational relationship between the two proves explosive.

Genre

Biographical,Drama,Family,Memoir

Short Summary

We first meet Mug, a cute five-year-old African American boy, as he walks alone toward a schoolyard close to his home. The year is 1975, and the events that are about to befall him in an alleyway along his path will resonate throughout his life. From this moment, we follow his growth until 1982.


Meet young Mr. Taylor, a well-spoken and charming African American teenager with an attractive babyface. He uses his exceptional ability to read people to manipulate them for his pleasure. Abandoned at birth, and twice adopted, his single-parent father spares no cost to right his ways.

Setting

Queens, New York, and a suburb of New York City

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Rebellion Against 'The One'

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity,Sexual Abuse,Nudity,Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Mugamore

Age: 10

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Complex,Engaging,Flexible,Insecure,Naive,Lone Wolf,Unapologetic,Patriotic

Additional Character Details

Name: Taylor

Age: 16

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Charming,Complex,Confident,Engaging,Heartthrob,Educated,Insecure,Leader,Unapologetic,Manipulative,Secretive,Sarcastic,Outspoken,Narcisstic

Additional Character Details

Name: Therapist

Age: 35

Gender: Female

Role: logical

Key Traits: Engaging,Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: Mom

Age: 46

Gender: Female

Role:

Key Traits:

Development Pitch

Once you strip away the components of this book that are geared toward the profession of academia, you will see a very visceral African American experience based on true accounts. This story correlates well with other stories that have met with critical acclaim on the big screen. The 2009 movie "Precious", and the 2017 movie "Moonlight". Similar to those successes, this book's screen adaptation can be done as an independent film with a modest budget. I see this film done in two parts with a surprising reveal at its conclusion. Follow little Mug, a boy from a large loving family, as he grows from kindergarten (1975) through sixth grade (1982), while dealing with the confusion of having been molested and left to burn by older children he did not know. See him transform into a confident and capable adolescent. Pick up Taylor as he enters seventh grade (2004), and struggles through high school as a twice adopted child trying to fit in. Observe how he adeptly uses his smarts and handsome looks to manipulate everyone around him. Watch him rebel against the high expectations of his single-parent adoptive father who shepherds him away for extreme counseling. Be amazed to learn that Taylor's successful professional single-parent father is Mug. Twenty two years later, and now a Ph.D. candidate in his mid-thirties.

About The Author

MUGAMORE is one of four books written by this author, and the first of two that have been published. He tends to write from the heart and for the soul. Honest and poignant portrayals of real life are painted with historical events that impact both the protagonist and the reader. You will find a little bit of yourself in his words.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: FriesenPress

Year Published: 2013

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-1-4602-2340-6

Genre

DRAMA

Brief

A healthcare professional documents the life and therapy of a young African-American boy struggling with multiple developmental disabilities.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

SECOND PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: FAIR

Premise: FAIR

Structure: FAIR

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

No. This book is a case study more geared towards academics than the general public.

Draw of Story

As someone with ADHD, I was interested to see how the boy navigates his life.

Possible Drawbacks

This is a case study, not a true narrative. There is little to no dialogue.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

Will this young man overcome his mental and emotional afflictions while growing up black in America? It is interesting.

Fanbase Potential

No. In this format, this would make an interesting documentary but even that might be risky.

Awards Potential

It is conceivable someone could get an acting award.

Envisioned Budget

LOW BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

RUDY, GIRL INTERRUPTED, THE SOLOIST

What’s New About the Story

This is a true and inspiring story but it just isn't written as a true narrative. If the author could have imagined or documented more dialogue and less facts about mental illness, there could be a good story in here - as in an actual three act narrative.

Lead Characters

This young man overcame tremendous odds to become a functioning adult. It’s fascinating.

Uniqueness of Story

This is a good story but, as it is, not told in a way that will capture audiences. Instead it's told in a way that will impress academics. A good screenwriter could fix this with more dialogue, and less facts but it would need a great deal of adaptation.

Possible Formats

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

There's enough here to work with, but it needs a re-imagining with dialogue and more of a narrative that is less about reciting the facts of his case, and more about the action in this young man’s life. Dynamic and current dialogue also needs to be added.