Sip Lake

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COMEDY FAMILY ROMANCE

1960s & '70s

Joe Basara

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Logline

Owen Cloud, working nights as an orderly in a hospital, falls in love and sets forth on both a profound and mundane journey through the summer of 1977.

Genre

Comedy,Family,Romance

Short Summary

A young woman's "hello" startles a sleepy Owen Cloud, turning a tropical painting on the wall before him into a coloring book he'd received in first grade, filled with Florida images that will run through his coming summer of 1977.


Disappointed in love, Owen Cloud decides to return home but then his parents' deaths send his life into a climax that will lead to recognize and find genuine love.

Setting

Florida

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Philosophical Questions,Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Information not completed

Main Character Details

Name: Owen Cloud

Age: 27

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Naive,Modest,Romantic,Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: Marianne Miramar

Age: 26

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Honorable,Romantic,Empathetic,Modest,Selfless,Faithful,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Tina Gardenia

Age: 20

Gender: Female

Role: tempter

Key Traits: Sexy,Outspoken,Naive

Additional Character Details

Name: Nikki Kissimmee

Age: 21

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Charming,Adventurous,Engaging,Seductive

Development Pitch

This novel is written in first person, Owen Cloud narrating the story, and might best be a combination of him telling his tale to the viewer, along with the viewer seeing him act in the scenes. Much of the story involves him commenting on other characters, and especially how he sees himself. He often embarrasses himself when he verbally expresses his inner life only to find that others around him hear when he has said. He is often caught in the act of being himself. It is a blending of his inner and outer life.

About The Author

Joe Basara grew up in Florida, served in U.S. Navy four years, graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 1976. All of his novels take place in the imaginary city of Sip Lake, Florida, over a little more then twenty years.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Amazon

Year Published: 2021

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

ISBN 979-8514121441

Genre

ROMANCE, DRAMA

Brief

Working in a hospital, Owen ends up falling in love during the summer of 1977. Even though his heart is broken and a tragedy befalls his family, he ends up finding a glimmer of happiness.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: FAIR

Structure: GOOD

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, it is accurate.

Draw of Story

The casual aspect of the story, which consists more of the sensations and experiences of the protagonist over a certain period rather than a long journey in search of something.

Possible Drawbacks

Sometimes the dialogue and events shown seem too scattered, which might make you lose the narrative's focus.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

Follow the daily life, uncertainties, dramas, and love misadventures of a young man in his thirties during a summer in the 1970s. His inner voice and his observations of the world around him are the true center of the narrative.

Fanbase Potential

It's a slightly more casual and scattered story; it would hardly attract enough interest to have a large fanbase.

Awards Potential

I believe the story lacks a little more gravity and impact to be a serious contender for Awards.

Envisioned Budget

LOW BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

THE WAY, WAY BACK: A TEENAGER WHO HATES HIS MOTHER'S CURRENT BOYFRIEND BEFRIENDS A WATER PARK EMPLOYEE AND FINDS A LOVE INTEREST DURING HIS SUMMER VACATION. ADVENTURELAND - IN THE 1980S, A YOUNG MAN WHO DREAMS OF TRAVELING TO EUROPE ENDS UP HAVING TO WORK AT AN AMUSEMENT PARK DURING THE SUMMER, WHERE HE FALLS IN LOVE WITH A COWORKER.

What’s New About the Story

What is most original is the uncompromised approach to the narrative line, emphasizing secondary characters and events shown through the protagonist's unique vision. Still, making moderate use of cliché for the whole love interest part would help make the book even more original.

Lead Characters

The protagonist is a little bored and, at the same time, has a lot of passion inside him. Being uncertain about himself helps the reader connect with him and his whole little journey to become more mature and find some joy.

Uniqueness of Story

It's not a rare gem, mainly because the narrative as a whole lacks more impactful and original elements.

Possible Formats

Film: Indie, Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

It's worth considering the book for an adaptation because the narrative draws a good character study despite not being a big blockbuster or anything like that. In addition to being well written, the story arouses human interest by taking a cut from a specific period in the life of a man who is still young and hopeful. Through his eyes, we come face to face with the insecurities of everyday life, his views of the world, his quest for love and happiness. This whole narrative progression is well constructed, although it eventually lacks a bit of originality. The protagonist is forced to deal with heartbreak and a family tragedy, which does not prevent him from continuing his life and having a happy ending. For an adaptation, it would be necessary for the script to deal a little better with commonplaces of romantic love, which sound exaggerated here and there. Another possible problem is that the story drifts and occasionally loses focus with too many characters and side events. If these minor problems are solved, a film adaptation could achieve moderate success, with a story simply about everyday life, with its small mishaps, difficulties, and joys.