Code Name Lily

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DRAMA ACTION ADVENTURE WAR HISTORICAL FICTION SUSPENSE/THRILLER ROMANCE

20th Century (multiple decades)

Julien Ayotte

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Code Name Lily takes you on an unforgettable journey from Belgium, into France, and over the Pyrenees mountains into Spain, where an extremely clever and persuasive young Belgian nurse outsmarts the Nazis time and again, risking her life if she is caught, but protecting every airman along the way.

Genre

Drama,Action,Adventure,War,Historical Fiction,Suspense/Thriller,Romance

Short Summary

As a young and innocent nurse of 22, Micheline "Michou" Dumon-Ugeux, thinks very little about WWII until her parents and sister are arrested for being members of the Comet Line escape network in Brussels. She becomes a legend in the escape line as she personally saved over 250 downed airmen.


Years after the war ended, Lily, as she was called in the Comet Line, was honored as a heroine by Harry Truman, King George of England, and King Leopold III of Belgium. She died in November, 2017 at age 96 in Saint-Siffret. France. The story ends with what happened to her Comet Line comrades.

Setting

Brussels, Paris, southern France, Pyrenees Mountains, cities in the U.S.

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Rebellion Against 'The One',Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Micheline "Michou" Dumon-Ugeux, code named Lily

Age: 22

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Heroic,Honorable,Patriotic,Selfless,Outspoken,Skillful,Romantic,Secretive,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Gerard Papineau

Age: 20

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Charming,Faithful,Gracious,Heroic,Underdog,Patriotic,Romantic,Honorable,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Jacque De Soubrie

Age: thirties

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Confident,Villainous,Power Hungry,Blunt,Narcisstic,Secretive,Greedy,Unapologetic,Sarcastic,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: too many to list, but think Schindler's List tribute at the end

Age: various

Gender: Other

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Confident,Decisive,Faithful,Underdog,Patriotic,Selfless,Skillful,Heroic,Visionary,Secretive,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Strong Moral Code

Development Pitch

A historical fiction about the true life story of a young Belgian nurse, who successfully became a key leader in the Comet Line escape network during World War II. Known only by her code name of Lily, she cleverly and persuasively eludes the Nazis in aiding over 250 downed Allied airmen to escape the Germans from Brussels, Belgium, into France, and southward over the Pyrenees mountains into Spain and freedom. The relationships with downed airmen, the encounters with German agents infiltrating the escape line, and the calmness and determination of Lily, all add up to countless brushes with the Germans for over two years. But Lily is never caught. Follow us on the true story of Micheline "Michou" Dumon-Ugeux, a twenty-two year old who stood just five feet tall, but was a giant of a woman, a real heroine in the Belgian resistance. The story is ripe for a major film production or television mini-series, but even better suited for a multi-season presentation on public television's Masterpiece. The remembrance group for the Comet Line continues to meet each year in Brussels to pay tribute to the memory of former members and their contribution to the safety of downed Allied airmen during World War II. Even though the war ended over seventy-five years ago, we can never forget what Lily and the Comet Line did to free Belgium from Nazi oppression. Lily is my latest in a line of strong female characters. The only difference this time is that she is real.

About The Author

Julien Ayotte is the author of six novels, including his first historical fiction, Code Name Lily, which was based on a true story, and continues to receive high praise from several WWII museums. He is soon to release his seventh novel. www.julienayotte.com

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: KDP Publishing

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

9781726706247

Genre

WAR, ROMANCE, DRAMA

Brief

A family discovers the secret past of a patriarch, who fought honorably and was wounded during WWII. More than that, they find out he was in love with a nurse member of the Belgian resistance who helped him escape being captured by the Nazis. At the end, they finally bury him with the deserved honors and visit the place in Europe where the nurse was recently buried, after living a long, happy life.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: EXCELLENT

Structure: GOOD

Theme: EXCELLENT

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, it does.

Draw of Story

The fact that it is based on a true story of heroism and love.

Possible Drawbacks

Not really, the book is always interesting, even though the author's writing style could be more elaborate.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

A true story of love and bravery that is little known by the general public and has the potential to resonate emotionally.

Fanbase Potential

It could, especially by those moved by war tales and narratives about overcoming seemingly impossible difficulties.

Awards Potential

Yes, it seems to be the kind of narrative that attracts a lot of Awards attention.

Envisioned Budget

LARGE BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

SCHINDLER'S LIST - GERMAN ENTREPRENEUR OSKAR SCHINDLER SAVES MORE THAN A THOUSAND JEWS DURING WWII BY EMPLOYING THEM IN HIS FACTORIES. THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK - ANNE FRANK IS A TEENAGE JEW GIRL WHO HIDES IN THE ATTIC WITH HER FAMILY DURING WWII, TRYING TO AVOID BEING CAPTURED BY GESTAPO AND SENT TO A CONCENTRATION CAMP

What’s New About the Story

It is not exactly original, but the fact that it is based on a widely unknown story makes it unique. If the story would be told in a less clichéd manner, it could become an even more interesting narrative.

Lead Characters

They are brave, selfless and willing to help others despite great personal risks, not caring much about honorable titles or recognition.

Uniqueness of Story

Not really a rare gem, but it has the potential to become a very moving narrative, with little adjustments when adapted.

Possible Formats

Film - Studio, Film - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

It is a moving tale of bravery and love in difficult times, based on a true story, something that the audience might connect to very easily. Furthermore, the narrative is well told by the author, and is presently very cinematic and apparently easy to adapt to the screen. In the vein of some great stories of survival and heroism set in the 2nd World War, such as Schindler's List and The Diary of Anne Frank, it is also very Awards-friendly, an aspect that should potentialize the interest of studios in adapting it. Regarding the adaptation itself, some little changes would have to be made in order for it to be successful. One of the most important issues is the fact that the narrative feels somewhat standard and too predictable along the way, so the structure and the storytelling could be improved and gain some sophistication when transformed into a screenplay. Also, the members of the protagonist's family lack development, as the book somehow pays too much attention to him and Lily. Since we are also going to follow these people for much of the narrative, it might become a problem in an adaptation. Therefore, a bit more of their personality could be shown, with additional complexity. However, despite these minor issues, it is a story with a lot of potential, that I can see being successfuly transferred to the big screen.